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Michael Schmidl | Austria 2017 | 21 Min. | OmeU

Sunday, 06.05.2018, 4.30 pm tickets
De France | Saal 1


This film is nominated for the ETHNOCINECA Student Shorts Award (ESSA).

Screened together with Even Asteroids are not alone and Those who stay.


Everyone has times where they are alone. Some people are on their own when they go for a walk or at their workplace and others even live by themselves. To the question of how one deals with those times of being alone, and what the term "alone" means, everyone has a different answer. Some, for example, think of it as loneliness or boredom, others may see it as calming and inspirational. Based on that question, the movie portrays four people, all of whom have a different view of the topic. A shepherd enjoys his solitary time in nature and seeks inspiration for his music. A nun who has decided to live a life on her own is trying to intensify her relationship with God. A retiree, who is no longer allowed to work due to illness, spends her everyday life alone in her apartment while being artistically active. A night guard in the Natural History Museum philosophizes on his walks through the museum about life and informs himself in detail about the many exhibition objects. Together, the protagonists provide a sweeping insight into this personal and publicly untouched world and show that being alone must neither be positive nor negative. 


Michael Schmidl was born on December 25th, 1998, in Vienna. At the age of 13, he started the 5-year multimedia training at the Graphische in Vienna in order to continue his interests there. After graduation in 2017, he is currently doing community service at the ÖVSE, an organization for people with disabilities. Afterwards he would like to study at the Angewandte in Vienna.