Dir: Gregor Schmidinger
Production: Ulrich Gehmacher
Cast: Simon Frühwirth, Paul Forman
Austria 2019, 88min, German and English with Hebrew and English subtitles
2019 Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival – Best Newcomer Award to actor Simon Frühwirth, and Young Jury Award to director Gregor Schmidinger
2019 BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival
2019 Boston LGBT Film Festiva
In association with Austrian Cultural Forum
Brace yourselves for a daring, enthralling and unforgettable cinematic experience.
At the heart of the story is 17-year-old Jakob (Simon Frühwirth) a shy teen who is prone to anxiety attacks that have turned him into a recluse in his bedroom at his widower father’s grim, lifeless apartment. In the mornings, Jakob tries to keep a job at meat processing factory whilst his nights are spent obsessively on his webcam in various chatrooms. During one of his nocturnal chatroom sojourns, he meets Kristjan, 26 and the encounter between the two triggers an uncontrollable chain of surreal, psychedelic events, delving deep into Jakob’s inner world.
With his impressive visual style, director Gregor Schmidinger paints the portrait of deeply anxious, wounded spirit that is trying to break free of its mental shackles, keeping it from truly fulfilling itself.
Nevrland is a breathtaking, utterly bonkers visual trip that is not for the faint of heart.
Viewing is restricted to 18 years and older due to explicit sexual content and violence.
Director Gregor Schmidinger in attendance. Questions and Answers at the end of the screening.