BIFF 2020
Cinema Extraordinaire
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The Trouble with Being Born

Østerrike / Tyskland/ 2020/ 1 t. 34 min.
LANGUAGE:
tysk
UNDERTEKSTER:
engelsk
CAST:
Lena Watson, Dominik Warta, Ingrid Burkhard, Jana McKinnon
DIRECTOR:
Sandra Wollner
WRITER:
Sandra Wollner, Roderick Warich
CINEMATOGRAPHER:
Timm Kröger
PRODUCER:
Lixi Frank, David Bohun
A thought-provoking and controversial sci-fi fable from a new Austrian talent

In a remote villa somewhere in Austria lives ten-year-old Elli and the man she refers to as “papa”. However, the relationship between the two is not what it seems at first glance. For one thing, “papa” touches Elli in a way no adult should ever touch a child. For the other, Elli is a robot. Combining ideas from Spike Jonze’s HER and Alex Garland’s EX MACHINA with the stark and unpleasant tone of Michael Haneke and Ulrich Seidl, Sandra Wollner’s stylish and atmospheric sci-fi film poses some very uncomfortable questions.

Sandra Wollner

Sandra Wollner (Austria) Filmography: DAS UNMÖGLICHE BILD (2016)