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Atmen

Breathing


Producer: Epo Film
Financing: Austrian production
Year: 2011
Grant amount: € 340.000
Category: Spielfilm
Genre: drama
   
Director: Karl Markovics
Writer: Karl Markovics
Cinematographer: Martin Gschlacht
Key cast: Thomas Schubert, Karin Lischka, Gerhard Liebmann, Georg Friedrich, Stefan Matousch, Georg Veitl, Klaus Rott
Locations: Vienna, Lower Austria
Release (AT): 30.09.2011

Roman Kogler, 18, is serving time in a juvenile detention centre, having been convicted of
manslaughter. As he has already served half of his sentence, he could be released on
probation, but his chances are poor: he is constrained , a loner, without family, and seems
incapable of rehabilitation.

After a failed attempt to place him in a workshop outside of the detention centre, Roman
finds himself a job at the municipial funerary institution in Vienna. His new colleagues treat him in part with distrust and in part with undisguised rejection. And one day Roman is faced with a dead woman who bears his family name. Even though it soon turns out that she is not his mother, Roman starts asking questions about his heritage for the first time.

A series of situations in which he has to prove himself and ensuing disappointments
follows. And against all expectation precisely these disappointments make Roman stronger and more mature, and in the end lead him to the growing insight: that missed opportunities
cannot be made up and that past deeds cannot be corrected, however much we may wish
to. All that remains is the life we lead now and the way we do it.

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