Film - Program 7 Filmfest 2021


Directed by Raphaela Schmid


Director: Raphaela Schmid
Section: Program 7
Country: Austria
Year: 2020
Language: German
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Roman Binder, Julia Richter, Marlene Hauser, Marie-Christine Ablöscher, Peter Pertussini, Lucia Campos, Lukas Weiss, Felix Kreutzer, Regis Mainka
18+ (no age rating)

Also in this program


This film is shown as part of program 7.

A muffled jumble of voices in a cramped Chinese restaurant. A father helps his daughter with her homework. At the next table, a date goes horribly wrong. At the table across, the waitress is furious at the impertinence of two guests. In the background, goldfish swim serenely among the plastic plants in the iridescent blue aquarium. And amid the colorful hodgepodge of spring rolls, fortune cookies, and minor and less minor drama, two siblings bid farewell to their mother in an unusual ritual in order to try to overcome their guilt and speechlessness after her death.

  • Duration: 17 Min.


Meet the director


Raphaela Schmid

Raphaela Schmid, born in Linz in 1990, studied philosophy in Berlin, Vienna and São Paulo before beginning her studies in directing and screenwriting at the Vienna Film Academy. Her films have been screened at numerous international as well as national film festivals. With ENE MENE (2019) she won the award for best short fiction film at Diagonale 2019, and her latest film FISH LIKE US (2020) was awarded best short film at the Max Ophüls Preis Film Festival 2021, received the award for best short fiction film at Diagonale 2020, as well as the Jury Prize and Audience Award at Vienna Shorts 2020. She currently lives and works in Vienna.


Screenplay: Raphaela Schmid
Director of Photography: Simone Hart
Film Editor: Philipp Mayer
Sound: Theda Schifferdecker, Jón Geirfinnson, Ken Rischard
Sound design: Luzia Johow, Jón H. Geirfinnson
Producer: Claudia Joldes
Production Company: Filmakademie Wien