Fiction Feature Film

by Stefan Ruzowitzky

A / LUX 2021, 99 min.

Casting: Rita Waszilovics & Bady Minck
Costume Design:
Uli Simon
Make Up Design: Helene Lang
Production Design: Andreas Sobotka, Martin Reiter
Original Music: Kyan Bayani
Alain Goniva, Nils Kirchhoff, Michel Schillings
Digital Design VFX Supervisor: Ronald Grauer
Digital Design Art Director: Oleg Prodeus
Editing & Style Concept: Oliver Neumann
Director of Photography: Benedict Neuenfels
Coproducers: Genèvieve Lemal,
Robert Marciniak
Associate Producers: Al Munteanu, Lars Wiebe

Oliver Neumann, Sabine Moser, Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
Screenplay by: Robert Buchschwenter, Hanno Pinter, Stefan Ruzowitzky
Based on an idea of Hanno Pinter
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky

CAST: Murathan Muslu, Liv Lisa Fries, Max von der Groeben, Marc Limpach, Margarethe Tiesel, Aaron Friesz,
Stipe Erceg, Guest appearance Matthias Schweighöfer


A production of FreibeuterFilm & Amour Fou Luxembourg in coproduction with Scope Pictures & Lieblingsfilm


With kind support by: Film Fund Luxembourg, Austrian Film Institute, FISA  – Filmstandort Austria, The Tax Shelter of Belgium Federal Government via Scope Invest, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen, Eurimages, Vienna Film Fund, Wallimage (Wallonia), Land Niederösterreich, Creative Europe Media


Austrian Distributor: Constantin Film
German Distributor: SquareOne
World Sales: Beta Cinema

74. Locarno Film Festival – Piazza Grande – Prix du public UBS
Hamburg Filmfest 2021
BFI London 2021
Alexandre Trauner ART/FILMFestival 2021
Rome MIA Market 2021
AFM-American Film Market 2021
Thessaloniki IFF 2021
Belize IFF 2021
Fancine-Fantastic Film Festival 2021 – Best Screenplay
Camerimage-IFF 2021
IFF of India in Goa 2021
Cairo IFF 2021
Ventana Sur in Bueno Aires 2021
Palm Springs IFF 2022
Kolkota IFF 2022
Belgrad IFF 2022
Glasgow Film Festival 2022
Berlin & Beyond FF 2022
Brüssel International Festival of Fantastic Film 2022
Diagonale 2022 – Best Production Design, VAM-Award for Outstanding Production Achievement
Bolzano Film Festival Bolzen 2022
Sarasota FF 2022
Seattle IFF 2022
Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema 2022
Minneapolis IFF 2022
Österreichischer Filmpreis 2022 – Best Production Design
Habitat IFF 2022
Sydney FF 2022
Munich IFF 2022


Vienna, 1920. The Austro-Hungarian Empire has collapsed. Peter Perg returns home from the Great War, after years of captivity. But the Vienna he comes home to is nothing like the place he once knew. The new Austrian Republic thrives on artistic freedom, but anti-democratic movements loom overhead. A stranger in his hometown, his life takes a turn for the worse when one of his former comrades is murdered. Suddenly the mysterious killings of veterans are mounting. Personally connected to the victims, Perg decides to bring the killer to justice.


Ruzowitzky was born in Vienna. He studied drama and history at the University of Vienna and started directing music videos, for example for N Sync, and commercials.

In 1996, Ruzowitzky presented his first feature film, Tempo, about a group of youths living in Vienna. He was subsequently awarded with the Max Ophüls Preis. His next feature film,
The Inheritors, set in the rural Mühlviertel in Upper Austria, came out in 1998, and was awarded Best Picture at the Rotterdam film festival as well as at the Flanders Film Festival.
It also got a prize at the International Film Festival in Valladolid.

In 2000 he directed the successful German horror film Anatomy, starring Franka Potente, and in 2003 the equally well received sequel Anatomy 2.

In 2007 Ruzowitzky’s The Counterfeiters premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Bear award.
The film is based on the memories of Adolf Burger, a Jewish Slovak typographer and Holocaust survivor involved in Operation Bernhard. The Counterfeiters,
nominated on behalf of Austrian cinema, won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 80th Academy Awards on 24 February 2008.


1996 – Tempo – Feature Film

1998 – The Inheritors – Feature Film

2000 – Anatomy – Feature Film

2007 – The Counterfeiters – Feature Film

2012 – Cold Blood – Feature Film

2013 – Radical Evil – Documentary

2017 – The Hell – Inferno – Feature Film

Born in Lustenau, Austria, in 1970. His regular occupation is social worker, but since his early twenties he has fallen under the spell of Rock’n Roll. As a singer he has performed numerously shows around Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Among other things he achieved a platinum record as a songwriter in 2010.
A further passion of Hanno Pinter is storytelling. His first script, a criminal story called „Wer die Treue bricht…!“, was sold to DOR Film, Vienna, in 1999.

Script writer, author and dramaturgical consultant Robert Buchschwenter is working in film and for print and television media as well as in the sector of media and cultural science since 1994. He is initiator and mentor to different script and short film workshops and is known for curating film festivals (e.g. DIAGONALE, 2005) and cultural TV- programs
(e.g. „Oktoskop“, still running). From 2007 on he is teaching script writing and dramaturgy in Vienna and Salzburg.
In 2008 he establishes, together with Ursula Wohlschlager, the script development company Witcraft Szenario.



2011 – The Fatherless – Marie Kreutzer (Novotny&Novotny, Witcraft)

2011 – Mama illegal – Ed Moschitz (Golden Girls Filmproduktion)

2014 – Therapy for a Vampire – David Rühm (Novotny&Novotny)

2014 – Global Village Shopping – Ulrike Gladik (Golden Girls Filmproduktion)

2015 – Ma Folie – Andrina Mracnikar (Witcraft, Extrafilm)


2015 – Ma Folie – Andrina Mracnikar (Witcraft, Extrafilm)


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