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.
- 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
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- Karin Lischka
- Gerhard Liebmann
- Georg Friedrich
- Karl Markovics
- Martin Gschlacht
- Alarich Lenz
- Herbert Tucmandl
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A sober, compelling drama distinguished by its intelligent restraint
Spare, meditative and hauntingly eloquent...
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
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.