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

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Life Guidance
Feature Film, AT 2017, Farbe, 101 min., OmeU
Diagonale 2018

Director: Ruth Mader
Script: Ruth Mader, Martin Leidenfrost
Cast: Fritz Karl, Katharina Lorenz, Florian Teichtmeister, Petra Morzé
Camera: Christine A. Maier
Editor: Niki Mossböck
Location Sound: Heinz Ebner
Music: Manfred Plessl
Sounddesign: Nils Kirchhoff, Karim Weth
Production Design: Donmartin Supersets
Costumes: Tanja Hausner
Producers: Gabriele Kranzelbinder
Production: KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Productions


In Ruth Mader’s sci-fi dystopia Life Guidance, the eponymous agency supports people in leading an optimal life—optimal in the sense of a turbo- capitalist society. When Alexander lets the wrong thing slip out one day, Life Guidance arrives on the scene immediately — and intervenes with increasing intensity in an only seemingly happy, single family unit. Along with the coach, who is faithful to the system, unease intrudes into Alexander’s life. Unease about a society that has forgotten all humanity.