Kurzfilmtournee 2021


Austria, Germany 2019 • fiction film • German • 18 min.
Nomination in the fiction category of 10 up to 30 minutes
Director, screenplay: Martin Monk
Camera: Johannes Hoss
Sound: Hubert Grissemann, Jón H. Geirfinnsson
Editing: Felix Kalaivanan
Cast: Lia Wilfing, Christian Dolezal, Renate Baier, Günther Lainer
Production: Michaela Finis

After an argument with her mother, the rebellious Sofia hastily packs some things and takes off. With the vague goal of finding her biological father, she wants to car-hop to Italy and finally finds a ride in the person of the engineer Michael. A road trip marked by mistrust begins.

Jury Statement
She: a hot-headed runaway hitchhiking south to get as far away from her annoying mother as possible. He: the lonesome cowboy who is old enough to be her father. A classic chamber play that unfolds in the car and at anonymous rest stops. It is a delight to see how dialogue, actors, costumes and staging go hand in hand to draw - supported by discreet and cleverly used camera work - two characters who grow on you in just 18 minutes.
The strength of this film lies in the fact that it uses its means elegantly and skilfully to refuse a common narrative. For it adds a role to the repertoire of male stereotypes that is long overdue: that of the man who has no interest in exploiting his position of power, but rather knows about his responsibility and takes it on. Remarkable.

Martin Monk

Geboren 1985 in Berlin, ist ein deutscher Filmregisseur und Drehbuchautor englischer und russischer Herkunft. Nach dem Studium der Geschichte und Philosophie wandte er sich dem fiktionalen Filmemachen zu und realisierte diverse selbstproduzierte Kurzfilme bevor er von Michael Haneke im M.A. Regiestudium an der Filmakademie Wien ausgewählt wurde. Momentan schreibt er an seinem Langspielfilmdebüt. Er lebt und arbeitet in Berlin.