Atmen / Breathing

Atmen / Breathing

Director: Karl Markovics

Screening time: 08.04.2017. 21:15

Screening location: Kino Tuškanac

Runtime: 94 min

Guests : Karl Markovics

Awards: LABEL EUROPA CINEMAS AWARD (CANNES - Festival de Cannes - 43e Quinzaine des Réalisateurs), HEART OF SARAJEVO AWARD FOR BEST FILM ,HEART OF SARAJEVO AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR TO THOMAS SCHUBERT, CICAE AWARD (SARAJEVO - Film Festival) CINÉDÉCOUVERTE - PUBLIC AWARD (BRÜSSEL - Royal Belgian Film Archive - Prix de l‘Age d‘Or & Cinédécouverte), EMERIC PRESSBURGER PRIZE FOR BEST FILM INTERNATIONAL ECUMENICAL AWARDCRITICS AWARD (MISKOLC - Jameson CineFest International Film Festival), GOLDEN EYE FOR BEST FILM IN THE GERMAN LANGUAGE FEATURE FILM COMPETITION (ZÜRICH - Film Festival), PRIX DE LA MEILLEURE PREMIÈRE OEUVRE BEST FIRST FEATURE FILM (QUEBEC CITY - Film Festival – FCVQ) BEST FILM AWARD (SAO PAULO - São Paulo International Film Festival)

Synopsis:

Roman Kogler, 18, is serving time in a juvenile detention centre, having been convicted of manslaughter. As he has already served half of his sentence, he could be released on probation, but his chances are poor: he is constrained , a loner, without family, and seems incapable of rehabilitation.

After a failed attempt to place him in a workshop outside of the detention centre, Roman finds himself a job at the municipial funerary institution in Vienna. His new colleagues treat him in part with distrust and in part with undisguised rejection. And one day Roman is faced with a dead woman who bears his family name. Even though it soon turns out that she is not his mother, Roman starts asking questions about his heritage for the first time.

A series of situations in which he has to prove himself and ensueing disappointments follows. And against all expectation precisely these disappointments make Roman stronger and more mature, and in the end lead him to the growing insight: that missed opportunities cannot be made up and that past deeds cannot be corrected, however much we may wish to. All that remains is the life we lead now and the way we do it.

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