Breathing (image 1)

Actor-turned-director Karl Markovics’s debut feature Breathing is a superb film.

Bénédicte Prot, Cineuropa

Screened as part of NZIFF 2011

Breathing 2011

Atmen

Directed by Karl Markovics

Direct from Cannes, this potent, superbly acted drama traces a young man’s dawning apprehension of life beyond the state institutions and prisons that have shaped him. “A sober, compelling drama.” — Hollywood Reporter

Austria In German with English subtitles
93 minutes CinemaScope

Director, Screenplay

Producers

Dieter Pochlatko
,
Nikolaus Wisiak

Photography

Martin Gschlacht

Editor

Alarich Lenz

Production designer

Isidor Wimmer

Costume designer

Caterina Czepek

Music

Herbert Tucmandl

With

Thomas Schubert (Roman)
,
Karin Lischka (Margit)
,
Gerhard Liebmann (Walter Fakler)
,
Georg Friedrich (Rudolf Kienast)
,
Stefan Matousch (Gerhard Schorn)
,
Georg Veitl (Jürgen Hefor)
,
Klaus Rott (Leopold Wesnik)
,
Luna Mijovic (Mona)

Festivals

Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight) 2011

Elsewhere

This quietly potent, superbly acted drama traces a young man’s dawning apprehension of life beyond the state institutions and prisons that have shaped him. A directorial debut for Austrian actor Karl Markovics, Breathing impressed all who saw it at Cannes, including the Directors’ Fortnight jury who awarded it the European Film prize. — BG

“A sober, compelling drama distinguished by its intelligent restraint, controlled visual style and a matter-of-fact observational approach that gives it bracing dramatic integrity… Markovics has a swift, economical way of getting us inside the head of taciturn protagonist Roman Kogler (Thomas Schubert), whose loner world is a place of little warmth but even less self-pity… The film’s perceptiveness means that its themes of atonement, of reconnection with the world, and of hope all emerge quietly, without needing to be spelled out or cushioned by artificially cozy consolation.” — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter