by Evi Romen
Country: Austria, Belgium
Year: 2020
Duration: 107'

Mario just loves to dance but for someone like him to make a career of it is impossible. He lives poorly with his mother, fighting his addiction to drugs. During a stay in Rome, he and his friend Lenz become victims of a terrorist attack. Lenz dies. Mario survives uninjured. After his return, villagers’ reactions get him destabilized as he finds no support whatsoever. One day he meets Nadim, who distributes Korans in the street. Nadim and his brothers help him overcoming his addiction. Mario’s transformation into a Muslim is an affront to the whole village. Besides all sorrows, yet his heart beats for dancing.


film director

Evi Romen

(Bozen, Italy, 1967) studied Editing and Cinematography at the Vienna Film Academy and has worked as a film editor and writer for over 20 years. She received several awards for short stories and the Diagonale Award for Best Editing for Wolfgang Murnberger’s My Best Enemy (2011) and the Austrian Film Award 2016 for Best Editing for Michael Sturminger’s Casanova Variations (2014). She is the co-writer of the series M - A, City Hunts a Murderer, which premiered at the Berlinale Series and was broadcast in 2019. In 2017 the original script of Hochwald won the Carl Mayer Award; the film is also her feature film debut as a director.


Hochwald (Why Not You, 2020)


film director

“A modern neorealism unveils through the image of a young rebel, who fights fiercely and never surrenders even after being involved in a dramatic terrorist attack. My heart beats for all those bad boys, who always make the wrong decisions and never behave as they should. My heart beats for Mario, one of them, who maybe in another life would have been a great dancer.”


& Credits

DIRECTOR, SCREENPLAY: Evi Romen. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Martin Gschlacht, Jerzy Palacz. FILM EDITING: Karina Ressler. SET DESIGN: Cinzia Cioffi. MUSIC: Florian Horwath. SOUND: David Hilgers, Fabrice Osinski. CAST: Thomas Prenn, Noah Saavedra, Josef Mohamed, Ursula Scribano-Ofner, Elisabeth Kanettis, Katja Lechthaler, Helmuth Häusler, Hannes Perkmann, Claudia Kottal, Walter Sachers, Kida Kodhr Ramadan as Special Guest. PRODUCTION: Amour Fou Vienna.

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