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© Nikolaus Geyrhaltr Filmproduktion
© Nikolaus Geyrhaltr Filmproduktion

Saturday, November 3, 4:15 pm

Austria, 2018, 100 min., Director/Screenplay: Katharina Mückstein, Cast: Sophie Stockinger, Kathrin Resetarits, Dominik Warta, Distribution: Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion, La Banda Film

  • Festivals: Cinema Jove – Valencia International Film Festival (Best Female Director)
A reception follows the screening.

Mati and her rowdy gang of friends are small-town heroes who wreak havoc on their Mopeds. When Mati meets Carla, however, Mati’s world begins to topple over. Her encounter with the strong-willed young woman shows Mati who she really could be: lively, open, completely different from how she is in her competitive and "cool" all-male clique. Things are further complicated when Mati’s best friend Sebastian falls in love with her, hoping to take their relationship from buddies to lovers. Meanwhile, Mati’s parents Gabriele and Paul find themselves in crisis when Paul begins acting on his attraction to other men. Mati must reorient her perception of her friends, her village, and her family—all before graduation. Ultimately, everyone must address the same question: what matters more, appearance or truth? With L’Animale, director and screenwriter Katharina Mückstein achieves a tour-de-force coming-of-age drama that examines how we approach reality, our expectations, and our dreams.

Katharina Mückstein (b. 1982) was born in Vienna, the daughter of Austrian politican Eva Mückstein. She studied film direction at the Film Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 2010, she co-founded La Banda Film, a collective and production company, with Flavio Marchetti, Michael Schindegger, and Natalie Schwager. In 2013, she won Best Director at the Filmfestival Max-Ophüls-Preis for her first feature film, Talea. For the Österreichischer Filmpreis 2014, she also received nominations in the categories of Best Director and Best Screenplay for Talea. L’Animale is the second feature film written and directed by Mückstein, and was screened at the 2018 Berlinale.

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