Profilers - Gaze Into the Abyss

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    Profilers - Gaze Into the Abyss

    Blick in den Abgrund

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    Austria, Germany


    88 min

    • English
    • German
    • Finnish


    Their job is to investigate the dark minds of serial killers, terrorists and rapists. While fictional stories of criminal profilers fascinate mass audiences, their professional reality entails an enormous psychological burden. The film paints the portraits of top profilers from the USA, Finland, South Africa, and Germany at their daily routine and when it comes to the challenge of living a “normal” life. How can you enjoy life, when you deal with the worst excesses of human beings day after day?


    Roger Depue
    Helinä Häkkänen-Nyholm
    Stephan Harbort
    Robert Hazelwood
    Gérard Labuschagne
    Helen Morrison
    Barbara Eder
    Hajo Schomerus
    Rosana Saavedra Santis
    Dieter Pichler
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    This film opens doors into a world which most of us will never enter, which makes it worthwhile – a way to widen your horizon without putting yourself in danger.


    Barbara Eder

    Barbara Eder


    Barbara Eder was born in Eisenstadt, Austria, in 1976. She studied film directing at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Since 2002, she has worked as a freelance director and author in film and television. Her first motion picture, INSIDE AMERICA, received the Special Award of the Jury at the Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrücken in 2011. Her documentary PROFILERS, GAZE INTO THE ABYSS (2013) received a Romy, an Austrian award for film and television productions. Her second feature film, THANK YOU FOR BOMBING (2015), was designated best Austrian film (Austrian Film Award), best German-language film (Schweizer Filmfest), and best film (Filmkunstfest Schwerin). Eder also received the award for best director (Austrian Film Award) as well as the Fipresci Award in Schwerin. In addition to her latest series WEST OF LIBERTY, her film VIENNA CONFIDENTIAL is being shown as one of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN's New German TV Movies this year.

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