Diagonale
Festival of Austrian Film
March 24–29, 2020, Graz

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Michael
Feature Film, AT 2011, Farbe, 96 min., OmeU
Diagonale 2012

Director, Script: Markus Schleinzer
Cast: Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger, Christine Kain, Ursula Strauss, Viktor Tremmel u.a.
Camera: Gerald Kerkletz
Editor: Wolfgang Widerhofer
Location Sound: Klaus Kellermann
Sounddesign: Veronika Hlawatsch, Bernhard Maisch
Production Design: Katrin Huber, Gerhard Dohr
Costumes: Hanya Barakat
Producers: Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser
Production: NGF Geyrhalterfilm

 

On the fulfillment and failure of the power a grown man possesses over a child. Michael is an insurance salesman, competent but unassuming. He has no family ties, no social life to speak of. The only person in his life is a young boy, who Michael has imprisoned in his basement and abuses as he wishes. Michael is not a film about motives; it is about the vulnerability of the abuser, about the inability of maintaining relationships with others.