Philipp Hochmair as Andreas in Händl Klaus' TOMCAT © First Run Features

Sat, 10/22/2016

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Blvd
90036 Los Angeles

Philipp Hochmair as Andreas in Händl Klaus' TOMCAT


Austria (2016), 114 min. DCP Projection
German and English with English Subtitles

Director: Händl Klaus
Screenplay: Händl Klaus
Cinematography: Gerald Kerkletz
Cast: Lukas Turtur, Philipp Hochmair, Toni (cat Moses), Gerald Votava, Thomas Stipsits, Gabriela Hegedüs, Manuel Rubey, Benedikt Leitner
Producers: Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner
Production Company: coop99 filmproduktion

Andreas (Hochmair) and Stefan (Turtur) seem to have a blissful existence together with their cat, Moses; they live in a beautiful old house in the vineyards near Vienna and even work in the same orchestra as manager and musician.  The couple’s passion  for  music,  their  large  circle  of  friends  and  colleagues,  and their furry companion define their daily lives.  But one morning an unexpected outburst of violence from Stefan shakes their harmonious relationship to its core.  From this moment on, their once idyllic lives are plagued by skepticism and alienation that strains their relationship.  While Stefan is losing the ground beneath his feet, Andreas tries to reconcile his love for Stefan with his newfound mistrust. Writer-Director Händl Klaus skillfully portrays the expulsion of two lovers from paradise, demonstrating exceptional sensitivity for the male psyche. Cinematographer Gerald Kerkletz draws the viewer into Andreas and Stefan’s most intimate physical and emotional moments in this poetic ballad about of the fragility of love.

$11.-/ General Audiences
$9.-  / Seniors, Students
$7.-  / Cinematheque Members / Friends of Goethe

  • Panorama Special, Berlin 2016
  • Teddy Award 2016
  • Young Cinema Competition Jury Prize Winner, Hong Kong 2016
Händl Klaus was born in Austria. After studying acting in Vienna, he joined the ensemble at the Vienna Schauspielhaus. He has played parts in films by Christian Berger, Michael Haneke, Jessica Hausner, and others. Since 1994 he has been writing prose and plays for the radio and theatre as well as opera librettos.  His debut feature film MÄRZ (MARCH) won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2008.

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