Fourteen year old Laurin is different from other teenagers. He has a hard time connecting with his peers. When his family moves to the countryside he experiences difficulties fitting in at his new school and finding friends. After a traumatic hospitalisation in a closed psychiatric ward Laurin runs away and hides in the woods. Along the way he meets Sami, a young refugee.Their budding friendship helps him to overcome his isolation.
Born in 1972, Ruth Kaaserer grew up in Munich and studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In 2000 she shoots the short film BALANCE. From 2002 to 2008 she lives in Chicago and New York. In the USA she also makes her first feature-length documentary TOUGH COOKIES (2014). Her work has been shown internationally since 1997. Her film GWENDOLYN about the weightlifter and retired anthropologist Gwendolyn Leick from London was awarded the Viennale Added Value Film Prize 2017 and the Franz Grabner Prize 2018.
2014 – Tough Cookies – Documentary
2000 – Balance – Short film