Breathing

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    Breathing

    Atmen

    Directed by

    Austria

    2011

    98 min

    • German

    Drama

    Cannes IFF - Directors' Fortnight

    19-year-old Roman Kogler has a chance to be released early from his young offenders’ institution. The odds are against him, however: he is an uncommunicative and solitary character without a family and doesn’t seem to be fit for re-socialization.
    As a day-release prisoner he has a job at a funeral home. Of all things, it is this job dealing with death that shows him the path back to life.

    Awards

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    • Label Europa Cinemas, Directors' Fortnight
    • Best Actor & Best Film Award, Sarajevo IFF
    • Candidate for Best Foreign Language, Austria, at the Academy Award
    • Best German Language Feature Film, Zurich FF
    • FIPRESCI & Grand Prize, Molodist IFF Kiev
    • Best Film, San Paolo FF
    • Audience Award / International Panorama - Bari IFF
    • Special Jury Prize for Artistic Vision - Cuckatoo Island Film Festival

    Credits

    Cast
    Thomas Schubert
    Karin Lischka
    Gerhard Liebmann
    Georg Friedrich
    Screenplay
    Karl Markovics
    Cinematography
    Martin Gschlacht
    Editing
    Alarich Lenz
    Music
    Herbert Tucmandl
    Sales
    PLAYTIME
    Production
    EPO-FILM PRODUKTIONGES
    Festival Bookings
    AUSTRIAN FILMS

    Press

    A sober, compelling drama distinguished by its intelligent restraint

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Spare, meditative and hauntingly eloquent...

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A clean, precise and extremely well fashioned rites-of-passage drama focusing on a 19 year-old who can’t get along with the living and prefers to deal instead with the dead

    Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

    Karl Markovics

    Karl Markovics

    Austria

    I love to play with genres... When I like something (like Hitchcock or the colour yellow or a spider), then I want to have it in my film – that’s it.

    Born in 1963 in Vienna (Austria), he is a respected stage actor, appearing in many theater plays and musicals. He starred as Salomon Sorowitsch in Stefan Ruzowitzky's 2007 film THE COUNTERFEITERS, which was awarded the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and more recently in the film UNKNOWN IDENTITY. BREATHING is his first feature film as a writer and director, followed by SUPERWORLD.

    Selected Filmography