Festival of Austrian Film
April 4–9, 2024, Graz

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Ordinary Creatures
Feature Film, AT 2020, Farbe, 75 min., eOF
Diagonale 2020

Director: Thomas Marschall
Script: Anna Mendelssohn, Thomas Marschall
Cast: Anna Mendelssohn, Joep van der Geest, Lynne Rey, Anat Stainberg, Alois Frank, Robert Slivovsky, Angela Christlieb
Camera: Martin Putz
Editor: Stefan Fauland
Location Sound: Tong Zhang, Florian Rabl
Music: Jorge Sánchez-Chiong, Plexus Solaire, Larkin Grimm, Freddy & Francine u. a.
Sounddesign: Rudolf Pototschnig
Production Design: Wiltrud Derschmidt
Costumes: Wiltrud Derschmidt
Producers: Daniela Praher
Production: Daniela Praher Filmproduktion


The Diagonale’20 was cancelled due to official measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Martha and Alex in a red Volvo, on the road, heading toward nowhere in particular, and at the same time, imprisoned in their self-preoccupation. At one point, so much so that they run over a dog. Its dog tag now accompanies the two on their journey, hanging from the rearview mirror, as does the dog’s owner, who now follows them from a safe distance. Until they meet him in the end, they drive on, aimlessly, without landmarks, but with encounters with people, states of intoxication, quarrels, and reconciliations.