Kater

(Tomcat)

Austria, 2016, HD, 114', col.

director:

Klaus Händl

Tomcat

Andreas and Stefan's life couldn't be happier: they love each other and they live together in a magnificent house set in vineyards, just outside Vienna. They also have a cat to keep them company. Both music lovers, they work for the same orchestra, one as manager, the other as musician. They have many friends and colleagues to spend time with. Suddenly one morning Stefan has an inexplicable burst of anger: an unexpected episode which disrupts their happiness and harmony. Andreas, shocked by what has happened, begins to be afraid and to distrust his partner although he is still in love with him. Confused by conflicting emotions, he somehow has to find a way to relate with Stefan, who seems to be losing touch with reality. A profound analysis of the fragile balance of human feelings, with a poetic and melancholy tone, winner of the Teddy award at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival.  

screenplay

Klaus Händl

editing

Joana Scrinzi

photography

Gerald Kerkletz

production design

Fiona Brady

costume design

Tanja Hausner

makeup

Verena Eichtinger

sound

Klaus Kellermann, Claus Benischke-Lang

music

Spyridon Giochalas, Julian Grumer

cast

Lukas Turtur, Philipp Hochmair, Thomas Stipstits, Manuel Rubey, Gerald Votava, Gabriela Hegedus

producer

Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner

production

Coop99 Filmproduktion

 

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Klaus Händl

Biofilmography

Klaus Händl was born in 1969 in Rum, Austria. He began his career as a stage actor at the Schauspielhaus in Vienna, then became a writer of opera librettos, a playwright and director. In 2008 he made his directing debut with the feature film March. In the same year March won the Special Jury Prize at the Sarajevo Film Festival and the Silver Leopard in Locarno. With Tomcat (2016) he won the Teddy Award at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival. Händl also teaches Theatre and Cinema at the University of Applied Sciences Vienna.