Film - Program 5 Filmfest 2022


Directed by Magdalena Chmielewska


Director: Magdalena Chmielewska
Section: Program 5
Country: Austria
Year: 2022
Language: German
Version: Original Version with English subtitles
Cast: Magdalena Zak, Laurin Saied, Christel Wieser, Markus Zett, Katharina Meves, Safira Robens

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Eva is in agony due to her insomnia. This ambitious young fencer is desperately fighting an invisible and elusive opponent. When her friends won’t even let her spend the night and nothing seems to help, she resorts to drastic measures.

  • Duration: 22 min.

Meet the director


Magdalena Chmielewska

Writer-director Magdalena Chmielewska was born in Poland and now lives in Vienna. Her films have been screened at international film festivals and have received various awards, including the First Steps Award and the Max Ophüls Preis, the major trophies for newcomers in German-speaking countries. At the 56th edition of the prestigious Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Chmielewska was named one of the ten most outstanding up-and-coming directors from Europe. Her visual style focuses on telling stories about a longing for something that’s been lost while discovering the otherness that remains within us. Her years of experience in contemporary dance complement her methods of working with actors.


Screenplay: Magdalena Chmielewska, Andreas Schiessler
Director of Photography: Manuel Prett
Film Editor: Luzia Johow
Composer: Youth Novels
Costume Design: Avelina Götz
Sound: Sophie Wasserburger, Luzia Johow
Sound design: Lisa-Maria Hollaus
Make-up artist: Franziska Fröhlich
Casting director: Magdalena Chmielewska
Producer: Saskia Arth
Production Company: Filmakademie Wien
World Sales: Lemonade Films