Goliath

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    Goliath

    Directed by

    Switzerland

    2017

    85 min

    • German
    • Swiss German

    Drama

    Gentle gestures, passionate gazes: separated from the rest of the world, David and Jessy live in a simple two-room apartment in the suburbs. Their love is put to the test when Jessy unintentionally gets pregnant. The thought of becoming a father causes David to panic. When, a few days later, they are attacked in the suburban train and David is unable to protect his girlfriend, David’s fear of not being man enough is confirmed. In desperation, he starts to inject anabolic steroids and gets into excessive power training. His newly acquired muscles initially help him to feel strong and confident. But the effect of the steroids soon turns negative. David develops aggressive and unpredictable traits and becomes a threat to his girlfriend and the unborn child…

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    Credits

    Cast
    Sven Schelker
    Jasna Fritzi Bauer
    Adrian Furrer
    José Barros
    Michael Neuenschwander
    Isabelle Menke
    Bettina Stucky
    Annina Euling
    Tim Bettermann
    Anna Schinz
    Screenplay
    Dominik Locher
    Ken Zumstein
    Cinematography
    Gabriel Lobos
    Editing
    Rebecca Trösch
    Aurora Vögeli
    Music
    Matteo Pagamici
    Production
    COGNITOFILMS
    Sales
    WIDE MANAGEMENT

    Press

    A cinematic slice of working-class life.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    A satisfying drama.

    Timo Posselt, IndieWire

    A fine observer – perhaps conciously - of a youth that's lost its certainty.

    Giorgia Del Don, Cineuropa

    Dominik Locher

    Dominik Locher

    Switzerland

    Storytelling has always played a central role in the life of Dominik Locher. He is the son of a construction worker and a disability care worker and grew up with his two sisters in the Swiss mountains. At the age of 17, he first went to Russia and later to the USA. Back in Zurich, he staged his first plays. 2013 saw the release of his first feature film, TEMPO GIRL. Ambition, uncertainty and longing for warmth play a central role in his works. His latest feature, GOLIATH (2017) has been selected for the Locarno FF.