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The Trouble With Being Born
Feature Film, AT/DE 2020, Farbe, 94 min., OmeU
Diagonale 2020

Director: Sandra Wollner
Script: Sandra Wollner, Roderick Warich
Cast: Lena Watson, Dominik Warta, Ingrid Burkhard, Jana McKinnon, Simon Hatzl
Camera: Timm Kröger
Editor: Hannes Bruun
Location Sound: Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
Music: David Schweighardt Peter Kutin
Sounddesign: Peter Kutin
Production Design: Pia Jaros
Costumes: Andrea Jirez
Additional Credits: Maske: Gaby Grünwald
VFX Supervisor: Matthias Halibrand
Producers: Lixi Frank, David Bohun, Andi G. Hess, Astrid Schäfer, Viktoria Stolpe, Timm Kröger
Production: PANAMA Film
Co-production: The Barricades (DE), ZDF – Das kleine Fernsehspiel (DE), Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (DE)


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

Elli is an android and lives with a man she calls her father. Together they drift through the summer. During the day they swim in the pool and at night he takes her to bed. She shares his memories and anything else he programs her to recall. Memories that mean everything to him but nothing to her. Yet, one night she sets off into the woods following a fading echo. The story of a machine and the ghosts we all carry within us.

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