AUSTRIA

ONE OF US Einer von uns

2015 – DCP – colore – 85′

 

Direction: Stephan Richter

Screenplay: Stephan Richter

Cinematography: Enzo Brandner

Editing: Andreas Wodraschke, Julia Drack

Set design: Julia Oberndorfinger, Christine Dosch

Music: Maja Osojnik, Matija Schellander

Costumes: Monika Buttinger

Cast: Jack Hofer, Simon Morzé, Christopher Schärf, Dominic Marcus Singer, Andreas Lust, Markus Schleinzer, Rainer Wöss, Birgit Linauer

Producers: Arash T. Riahi, Karin C. Berger

Production: Golden Girls Filmproduktion

 

 

SYNOPSIS

A huge supermarket is the only meeting point for 14-year old Julian and his newly met friends. Fresh emotions of brotherhood, affection and thrill encourage their wish to break out of suburban boredom. One night, Julian and his pal Marko break into the supermarket full of promising products. A moment of childish freedom ends abruptly in a moment of harsh grown-up reality.

A story inspired by true events.

 

 

THE DIRECTOR: STEPHAN RICHTER

 

 

Stephan Richter was born in Dresden and studied Media Art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He graduated in 2007 and therefore shot his first experimental short film Out of Bounds as a diploma thesis. The movie was shown at several international film festivals. Since then he has been working as a media artist, script writer and director in Vienna. After several music videos and experimental shorts, Stephan Richter received the Starter Award for Filmart (Austrian Ministry of Culture and Arts) and started to work on his first feature film One of Us. In 2013 One of Us was part of the Ekran training programme in Warsaw (Wajda Film School) and was also nominated for the “Project Pitch Award” at the “Kino der Kunst Festival” (Cinema of Art Festival) in Munich.

 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

“(…) This disturbing image would haunt me long after opening a daily newspaper in 2009 and learning about a story that, for many weeks, was heatedly discussed in Austria. Inspired by these events, One of Us narrates a complex cosmos of characters that inhabit the sterile aisles of product shelves and giant cement-grey parking lot of a supermarket. All characters encounter the 14-year-old teenager Julian who, with curiosity and naïveté, seeks adventure in this rigidly organized consumerist world.

The supermarket itself is a quiet observer (…) With this uncanny presence, the supermarket becomes a metaphor for a global system of society that has stopped functioning long ago – it constantly faces the ultimate collapse. (…).”

 

FILMOGRAPHY

2007 Out of Bounds (experimental short)

2010 Comeback (experimental short doc)

2011 Better Dead Than Read (experimental short)

2015 Einer von uns (One of Us)

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

2015 San Sebastián IFF – New Directors Competition

2015 Zurich FF – In Concorso Competition

2015 Thessaloniki IFF – Official Selection

2015 Viennale IFF

2016 Austrian Film Award: Christopher Schärf Miglior Attore Non Protagonista Best Supporting Actor

2016 Max Ophüls Preis: Miglior Lungometraggio Best Feature Film

2016 Berlinale – Perspektive Deutsches Kino