Austria/USA, 2015, 26min
director: Franz Maria Quitt
A father’s death pushes a mother and daughter further apart. A mother’s death pulls a father and son closer together. A short film about the tug of war between taking care of others and yourself.
Philip revels in a life without responsibilities until he’s reunited with one that was taken away from him – his son, Max. After the passing of Max’s mother, Philip is merely tasked with escorting him to his aunt’s home, but, along the way, a long withheld truth provokes hope for an overdue bond. Meanwhile, Charlie, a physical therapist-in-training, is forced to take on her own mother, once a model, as her primary patient. Charlie decides a trip into nature is just what her obese and willfully home-bound mother needs until what was meant to be a refreshing venture becomes overwhelmingly suffocating. While wading in the gravity of their loneliness, Charlie and Philip manage to find each other, fostering an acquaintanceship amidst a hallway they share as neighbors.
produced by HELMA QUITT-STERN and FRANZ ERNESTUS QUITT
co-produced by FILIP ANTONI MALINOWSKI, JÜRGEN KARASEK
executive producers NICOLA MURPHY/FRANZ MARIA QUITT
director of photography SARO VARJABEDIAN
editor FILIP K. KASPERASZEK
production designer BECK KITIS
music by KALYN MARIE/CEM MISIRLIOGLU/CHRIS CERNY/FOLDING LEGS
written/directed by FRANZ MARIA QUITT