The Ground Beneath My Feet

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    The Ground Beneath My Feet

    Der Boden unter den Füßen

    Directed by

    Austria

    2019

    108 min

    • German

    Drama

    Lola is almost thirty. A successful management consultant, she is constantly on the move between the companies she is tasked with restructuring. Her chic apartment in Vienna is more of a mailbox and a launderette than a home. A hundred working hours a week is not uncommon in addition to five sessions at the gym, expensive dinners with clients and nights spent in sterile hotels. Her career, which she is advancing with cleverness, efficiency and ruthless cunning, appears to be unstoppable. She applies a similarly disciplined approach when it comes to managing her private life. This means that nobody is allowed to know about the existence of her older sister Conny, who has been suffering from mental illness for a long time and who never leaves her apartment. But when Conny attempts to commit suicide, Lola searches for a way to be there for her.
    Marie Kreutzer’s portrait of the jet-setting Lola reveals that there is sometimes just a thin line separating polar opposites such as order and chaos, rise and fall – even for someone who thrives in a society fixated on achievement.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Valerie Pachner
    Pia Hierzegger
    Mavie Hörbiger
    Michelle Barthel
    Marc Benjamin
    Screenplay
    Marie Kreutzer
    Cinematography
    Leena Koppe
    Editing
    Ulrike Kofler
    Music
    Kyrre Kvam
    Sales
    PICTURE TREE INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    NOVOTNY & NOVOTNY FILMPRODUKTION

    Press

    Kreutzer's film [has] a depth of insight that is rare in the cinematic treatment of this most misunderstood of diseases.

    Jessica Kiang, Variety

    Marie Kreutzer

    Marie Kreutzer

    Austria

    Born in Graz, Austria in 1977, after studying at the Film Academy Vienna and working on cinema and TV productions, she made several award-winning short films. Her debut feature, THE FATHERLESS, screened and won awards at numerous festivals including Panorama. It was followed by the feature films GRUBER IS LEAVING and WE USED TO BE COOL as well as the TV film DIE NOTLUGE, all of which also screened and won awards at festivals. Alongside her work as a director, she has taught at institutions including the Film Academy Vienna and works as a screenwriter and dramaturge.
    Her latest feature film THE GROUND BENEATH MY FEET had its world premiere at Berlinale 2019.

    Selected Filmography