• Hochwald
  • Hochwald
  • Hochwald


by Evi Romen Focus Competition

Known by everybody in his small South Tyrolean home village, the somewhat odd and sensitive Mario loves to dance. Tolerated, but with a critical eye, by his fellow villagers, his true ally is his father. When Mario bumps into his childhood friend Lenz at a village festival, old memories and feelings rise to the surface. Lenz, having left village life behind, now lives as an actor in Rome. When he leaves again, Mario immediately decides to follow him to the Italian capital. Here they meet in a gay bar, and Mario becomes painfully aware that Lenz hasn’t necessarily been waiting for him. When armed men suddenly rush in and panic breaks out, it’s already too late: Lenz falls victim to the attack and Mario escapes unharmed. Back in South Tyrol, his life takes a drastic turn. Director Evi Romen has succeeded in creating a resonating drama around the question: why him – and not me?

Co-Premiere with Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

  • Genre: Drama
  • Country, Year: Austria, Belgium, 2020
  • Runtime: 108 Min
  • Languages: German, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Director: Evi Romen
  • Cast: Thomas Prenn, Noah Saavedra, Josef Mohamed, Kida Khodr Ramadan
  • Screenplay: Evi Romen
  • Cinematography: Martin Gschlacht, Jerzy Palacz
  • Editor: Karina Ressler
  • Sound: David Hilgers, Fabrice Osinski
  • Music: Florian Horwath
  • Producers: Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Bady Minck, Gregory Zalcman , Alon Knoll
  • Production Companies: AMOUR FOU Vienna GmbH, Take Five
  • World Sales: True Colours
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