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Running on Empty

Producer: Takacs Film
Financing: Austrian production
Co-Producer: Ulrich Seidl Film (AT)
Year: 2016
Grant amount: € 63.000
Category: Dokumentarfilm
Genre: documentary
Director: Lisa Weber
Writer: Lisa Weber, Rudolf Takacs
Cinematographer: Carolina Steinbrecher
Locations: Vienna, Schwechat, Linz, St. Pölten

Claudia is 19 years old. If there is one thing she is proud of it is her 4-year-old son Daniel. She lives with him, her mother and her older brother in a council flat in Simmering, Vienna. Her selfless devotion to Daniel has earned Claudia respect and admiration but
now the pressure is growing. Daniel is in kindergarten and Claudia does not know what to do with her life. She has not finished School and has no job. For her, the Austrian army appears to be the perfect place to learn the discipline she lacks. She has to pass an entry
exam but no school diploma is required. “This is her last chance” says Claudia’s mother and Claudia starts to workout. She runs and lifts heavy weights; she really wants to succeed because there is more at stake than just a job. It is about accepting responsibilities and no longer running away. It is - finally - about growing up.

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