Superworld

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    Superworld

    Superwelt

    Directed by

    Austria

    2015

    120 min

    • German

    Drama

    Married supermarket worker Gabi Kovanda’s lower middle class life revolves around her family and her job. Until, after work one day, everything changes. Suddenly, there’s someone new in her life, someone with whom she had already been casually acquainted: God! Superwelt is a story about God and the world: a world whose heroine works the till and a God we never see nor hear, but whose presence we feel throughout the film. Lead actress Ulrike Beimpold delivers a remarkable, moving performance as a woman under divine influence, a woman in crisis who sends shock waves through her whole family. While director Karl Markovics consistently works in a realistic mode, his narrative approach is often operatic, with elaborate bird’s eye shots and strikingly composed images of biblical proportions that make God’s presence manifest. Until, that is, the twilight of the gods descends and the heavens come crashing down on the plot. All good things come from above, after all. SUPERWORLD is like a small miracle. A super good one.

    Awards

    • Best Photography - Lecce European FF
    • Cineuropa Prize - Sarajevo FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Ulrike Beimpold
    Rainer Wöss
    Nikolai Gemel
    Angelika Strahser
    Thomas Mraz
    Sibylle Kos
    Michael Scherff
    Harri Stojka
    Screenplay
    Karl Markovics
    Cinematography
    Michael Bindlechner
    Editing
    Alarich Lenz
    Music
    Herbert Tucmandl
    Production
    EPO-FILM PRODUKTIONSGES.M.B.H.
    Festival Bookings
    AUSTRIAN FILMS

    Press

    Sharply scripted and visually sumptuous.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    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