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Section 49 edición - Sección Oficial Largometrajes
Country Austria
Year 2011
Format 35mm
Color / B&W Color
Running time 96 min
Original language Alemán
Director Markus Schleinzer
Screenplay Markus Schleinzer
Film Editing Wolfang Widerhofer
Photography Gerald Kerkletz
Costume Hanya Barakat
Production Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer
Production design Katrin Huber, Gerhard Dohr
Cast Michael Fuith (Michael), David Rauchenberger (Wolfang), Christine Kain (madre), Ursula Strauss (hermana), Viktor Tremmel (cuñado), Xaver Winkler (sobrino), Thomas Pfalzmann (sobrino)
Producer NGF Geyrhalter Glaser Kitzberger Widerhofer
Distribution Company Les Films du Losange
Synopsis Michael is an insurance broker living in a quiet residential area. A timid, methodical and dispassionate man, he is everyman, with no distinct features. The reason: Michael's peculiarity is indoors. Once he reaches home and puts down the blinds, his secret is let out from the basement. The fact is Michael has a ten-year-old boy kidnapped and hidden in his home. The film follows the (double) life of this man and his countless subterfuges to cover up his situation in order to show a normal life to society. This is a tense movie in which the off-camera reveals more than the most explicit image, and shows the paradox that the welfare of the boy depends, to a great extent, on his captor's.
Director bio Born in Vienna in 1971, Markus Schleinzer worked as a casting director from 1994 to 2010. During this time he participated in over 60 feature-film projects, including Jessica Hausner’s Lovely Rita, Hotel and Lourdes, Ulrich Seidl’s Dog Days, Benjamin Heisenberg’s Sleeper and The Robber, and Michael Haneke’s The Piano Player, Time of the Wolf and The White Ribbon, for which he also cast the children, coached them and worked out their scenes with them. Michael is his first feature film