L'Animale

Katharina Mückstein

Austria2018100 MinGerman

Subtitles: EN, FR, IT, ES, PL, PT, RO, HU, UA

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The bursts of throbbing EDM in dance-floor scenes reveal a different kind of energy in the characters, contrasting with their motocross bravado in the massive dirt quarry and adding texture and vitality to this poignant snapshot of teenage self-discovery.

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L'Animale

Mati and her boy gang on their tuned motocross bikes are the terror of their village and make life difficult for all the girls. But when Sebastian, the leader of the pack, falls in love with Mati and she becomes friends with Carla, one of the victims of their needling, Mati runs the risk of losing her place with the boys. At the same time, a deeply hidden secret stands between Mati’s parents, and the two of them must decide: what counts for more, seeming or being?

Berlinale

Best Acting Ensemble - Diagonale

Best Film - Seoul International Women's Festival

Supported by Media Creative Europe

  • Starring:  Sophie Stockinger, Kathrin Resetarits, Dominik Warta, Julia Franz Richter, Jack Hofer, Dominic Marcus Singer, Simon Morzé, Stefan Pohl
  • Production:  NGF NIKOLAUS GEYRHALTER FILMPRODUKTION GMBH
  • International Sales:  Films Boutique

A cruel story about emancipation, but also about gender and sexual identity, questioning ideas of masculinity and femininity through the portrait of a group of teens, their families, and their friends.

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Katharina Mückstein

Born in Vienna, Austria in 1982, Katharina Mückstein studied philosophy and gender studies, followed by directing at the Filmacademy Vienna. She is the co-founder of the La Banda Film Production Company which has produced multi-award-winning documentaries such as HOLZ ERDE FLEISCH by Sigmund Steiner and TIERE UND ANDERE MENSCHEN by Flavio Marchetti. She worked on both of these films as a dramatic consultant and co-writer respectively.

We're living in a time when there is a constant discussion of where we should take our orientation: do we long to return to a romanticised primaeval state, or can we overcome our fear of the unknown and head forward in search of progress?

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