Breathing (Atmen)

Directed by Karl Markovics

Synopsis

The acclaimed directorial debut from veteran Austrian actor Karl Markovics (star of the Academy Award-winning The Counterfeiters), is an eloquent, affecting portrait of an incarcerated teenager (newcomer Thomas Schubert) attempting to win parole by working at a local morgue. Raised from birth in institutions, he is initially impassive and self-sabotaging in his behavior; soon, though, he begins to respect the solemn work of handling the dead, and starts to come to terms with his own youthful crime.

Film Info

Release Year: 2011
Running Time: 93
Color Type: Color
Country: Austria
Language: German

In BREATHING, nineteen-year-old Roman Kogler (newcomer Thomas Schubert) is serving time in a juvenile detention center. He has already served half of his sentence, and could be released on probation, but his chances are poor: he doesn't have a family, and seems incapable of coping with society. After many failed attempts, Roman finds a probation job at the municipal morgue in Vienna. One day, Roman is faced with a dead woman who bears his family name. Even though it soon turns out that she is not his mother, Roman wonders about his past for the first time and starts looking for her.

The acclaimed directorial debut from veteran Austrian actor Karl Markovics (star of the Academy Award-winning The Counterfeiters), BREATHING is an eloquent, affecting portrait of an incarcerated teenager.

Cast

    Georg Friedrich (Rudolf Kienast)
    Gerhard Liebmann (Walter Fakler)
    Karin Lischka (Margit Kogler)
    Stefan Matousch (Gerhard Schorn)
    Thomas Schubert (Roman Kogler)

Crew

  • Directed by Karl Markovics
  • Written by Karl Markovics
  • Produced by Dieter Pochlatko , Nikolaus Wisiak

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Photos

  • Roman (Thomas Schubert) with his mother Margit (Karin Lischka)
    • Roman (Thomas Schubert)
      • Roman (Thomas Schubert)
        • Thomas Schubert as Roman Kogler
          • Thomas Schubert as Roman Kogler (LEFT) and Gerhard Liebmann as Walter Fakler (RIGHT).