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International title Slumming
Section Sección Oficial Largometrajes Competición - 44 edición
Country Austria, Suiza
Year 2006
Running time 100
Director Michael Glawogger
Screenplay Michael GlawoggerBarbara Albert
Film Editing Christof Schertenleib
Photography Martin Gschlacht
Music Peter von Siebenthal, Daniel Jakob, Till Wyler, Walter W. Cikan
Producer Lotus Film
Distribution Company Austrian Film Comission
Synopsis Good-looking, rich, manipulative, charismatic and professional idler, Sebastian has it all and suffers from severe boredom. So to keep himself amused, he resorts to playing pranks with the help of his friend and sidekick Alex, captivated by his predatory charm. His victims inhabit the bad streets of Vienna, but some don’t, such as Pia, a primary teacher he is seducing over the internet with outrageously romantic messages. When they finally meet, Sebastian is not so sure the prank is funny anymore, because she is lovely. But even under the wings of love, he has time for a last feat: picking an unconscious drunk off the street and taking him to the Czech republic only to dump him in the snow and without any ID.
Director bio Born in 1959 in Graz (Austria), Michael Glawogger studied first at the San Francisco Art Institute, then from 1983 to 1989 at the Film Academy in Vienna. Since then he has worked as a director, scriptwriter and director of photography. He directed several short films before directing his first feature, Die Ameisenstraße (The Ant Street). His documentary Megacities was awarded the Prize for Best Documentary at the Vienna Film Festival in 1998 and in 1999 it became the first Austrian film ever to be screened at Sundance Film Festival. In 2002 he shot one of the chapters of Zur Lage: Österreich in sechs Kapiteln (State of the Nation: Austria in six chapters), screened at Gijón Film Festival as part of the retrospective on the works of his compatriot Ulrich Seidl. His former work, Workingman’s Death, was awarded the Special Prize of the Jury at the 43rd edition of Gijón Film Festival.