Feature Fiction Film

by Valentin Hitz
A/G/CH 2016, 95 min.

Written & Directed by: Valentin Hitz
Cinematography: Martin Gschlacht
Production Design: Hannes Salat
Costume Design: Tanja Hausner
Make-up: Jana Schulze
Sound: Uve Haußig
Casting: Rita Waszilovics
Editing: Karina Ressler
Music: Balz Bachmann
Sound Design: Manu Gerber
Script Contribution: Robert Buchschwenter
Producers: Oliver Neumann, Sabine Moser, Alexander Ris, Christine Haupt, Karin Koch,
Frank Evers, Helge Neubronner, Andreas Eicher
Production: FreibeuterFilm in co-production with Neue Mediopolis, Dschoint Ventschr, Cine Plus


Clemens Schick: Vincent Baumann
Lena Lauzemis: Lisa Sokulova
Marion Mitterhammer: Diana Dorn
Marcus Signer: Gerhard
Jaschka Lämmert: Maria Dietrich
Simon Schwarz: Dietrich
Stipe Erceg: Philipp Kessler
Daniel Olbrychski: Waldimir Sokulov

With kind support by: Austrian Film Institute, Vienna Film Fund, FISA – Filmstandort Austria,
ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen, MDM, DFFF, Zürcher Filmstiftung, SRF / SRG SSR,
Kultur Niederösterreich, Fondation Suisa

Austrian Distributor:
German Distributor: Camino Filmverleih
Swiss Distributor: Spot On Distribution
World Sales: One Eyed Films

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Zurich Film Festival 2016 – Golden Eye for best German-speaking film
Viennale 2016
Kinofest Lünen 2016 – Preis der Schülerjury 16+
German Film Fest Australia 2016
Other Worlds Austin 2017 – Beste Cinematography
Österreichischer Filmpreis 2017 – Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actress, Best Production Design
Saas-Fee Filmfest 2017 – Crystal Larch for Best Film
Boston Underground Film Festival 2017
Bucheon Fantastic Film Festival 2017
Transatlantyk Festival 2017
Brussels Fantastic Film Festival 2017
Mórbido Fest 2017 – Calavera de Plata for Best International Feature
Manaki Brothers Film Festival 2017
Cambodia IFF 2018
EU Film Festival Hong Kong 2018
SCI-FI-London Film Festival 2018


The insurance salesman Vincent Baumann, a cold-blooded careerist and minion of a merciless system turns into a victim of the very corporations he is representing. Degraded to a henchman he grimly struggles to get back on the job market. He fights to climb the social ladder. In the process he realizes that there are other values than income and success. He decides against his previous ideology and for another human being, for Lisa Sokulowa. They don’t have a future. But they celebrate a small triumph against the dominance of the ruling system.


Born in Stuttgart, Germany; grew up in Zürich, Switzerland; studied film-directing at the Filmakademie Vienna; worked as lecturer/tutor at Bruckner University Linz, dept. for Acting a.o.; Assistant Director (Script Supervisor) for Jessica Hausner (Lourdes, Hotel), Shirin Neshat (Women Without Men), Barbara Albert (The Dead and the Living, Northern Skirts, Slidin’), Titus Selge (“Tatort”/TV episodes), Mark Kidel (Peter Sellars, Alfred Brendel), Franz Novotny, Peter Patzak a.o.; various films/clips for theater-productions (among others for the Schauspielhaus Zürich);Commercials/Image-spots (for the AustrianRedCross a. o.) as well as video-works and -installations (Documenta Seoul 2000; neurotitan gallery Berlin; and others).
2016 – Hidden Reserves – Feature Film

2003 – Kaltfront – Feature Film

1998 – Ratrace – Feature Film


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