Life Guidance

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    Life Guidance

    Directed by

    Austria

    2017

    101 min

    • German

    Thriller

    Venice Days

    The Film is set in the near future, in a world of perfect capitalism. Society is sustained by a class of top achievers, meanwhile, so-called minimum recipients live under sedation in Fortresses of Sleep. The great majority of top achievers view themselves as happy. An outsourced agency has been established for the rest: Life Guidance is charged with turning these individuals into optimal people as well. Alexander has internalized the system but one wrong word to his child triggers Life Guidance. He starts to rebel and encounters the horror of the system in all its brightness and affability.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Award - Transilvania IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Fritz Karl
    Katharina Lorenz
    Florian Teichtmeister
    Petra Morzé
    Screenplay
    Ruth Mader
    Martin Leidenfrost
    Cinematography
    Christine A. Maier
    Production
    KGP KRANZELBINDER GABRIELE PRODUCTION
    Sales
    PICTURE TREE INTERNATIONAL

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    Ruth Mader

    Ruth Mader

    Austria

    Born in Vienna on 17 January 1974. She studied Film Direction at the Film and Television Department at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Invited to Official Selection of Cannes Film Festival four times, participating in 2001 Cinéfondation section with NULL DEFIZIT; in 2003 Un Certain Regard section debuting Mader’s first feature film STRUGGLE; in 2005 Tous les Cinémas du Monde section with GFRASTA; and in 2007 presenting her screenplay SERVIAM – ICH WILL DIENEN in the L’Atelier series. In 2012 Mader’s film WHAT IS LOVE premiered in the Forum section of the Berlin International Film Festival. Numerous international awards include the International Critics' Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) and a nomination for Cannes’ Caméra d’Or. In 2017, her feature film LIFE GUIDANCE celebrates its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, competing in the Giornate degli Autori section.

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