WHY NOT YOU (Hochwald)

a film by Evi Romen
World Premiere: Zürich Film Festival 2020


Austria/Belgium 2020 // color // 106min // dolby digital

Synopsis

Mario, a young dancer living in a small village in south tyrol has to face the loss of his beloved best friend Lenz, victim of an attack in a gay club in Rome.

Written & directed by

Evi Romen

Camera

Martin Gschlacht, Jerzy Palacz

Editor

Karina Ressler

Production Design

Katharina Wöppermann

Costume Design

Cinzia Cioffi

Make Up

Sam Dopona, Verena Eichtinger

Music

Florian Horwarth

Sound Recordist

David Hilgers, Fabrice Osinski

Sound Design

Valérie Le Docte

Re-Recording Mixer

Benoit Biral

Casting

Eva Roth

Line Producer

Julian Berner

Production Manager

Maja Wieser Benedetti, Igor Orovac

Set Photography

Flo Rainer

Italian Executive Production Service

Cattleya S.r.l

Cattleya Executive Producer

Cristina Giubbetti

Coproducer

Gregory Zalcman

Producers

Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Bady Minck

Co-Production

Take Five

Production

AMOUR FOU Vienna

With

Thomas Prenn, Noah Saavedra, Josef Mohamed, Ursula Scribano-Ofner, Helmuth Häusler, Elisabeth Kanettis, Katja Lechthaler, Hannes Perkmann, Johannes Silberschneider, Claudia Kottal, Daniel Keberle, Martin Augustin Schneider, Lissy Pernthaler, Walter Sachers, Raffaela O'Neill, Andreas Hartner, Marco di Sapia, Joseph Holzknecht, Massimo Sacilotto, Anna Kramer, Gemma Sacco, Greta Sacco, Khemais Ali, Alireza Daryanavard​​​​​​​, Aaron Kerschbaumer, Mohammed Habash, Emanuel Ayaji, Sabri Ochi and Kida Khodr Ramadan as a special guest

Supported by

IDM -AltoAdige, Austrian Filminstitut, FISA, Italian Tax Credit, Belgium Tax Shelter, Land Niederösterreich,

In collaboration with

ORF Film / Fernsehabkommen

Distribution Austria

Polyfilm

Worldsales

True Colours

Awards & Nominations

Carl Mayer Preis, Best Script
Golden Eye, Best Film @ Focus Competition, Zurich Film Festival 2020
Best Feature Film Award of the Land South Tyrol @ Bolzano Film Festival 2021
9 Nominations @ Austrian Film Award in the following categories: Best Feature Film, Best Leading Actor (Thomas Prenn), Best Supporting Actor (Noah Saavedra), Best Screenplay (Evi Romen), Best Cinematography (Martin Gschlacht & Jerzy Palacz), Best Film Editing (Karina Ressler), Best Costume (Cinzia Cioffi), Best Make Up (Sam Dopona & Verena Eichtinger) & Best Score (Florian Horwath).
Grand Diagonale Prize @ Diagonale 2021
Best Costumes @ Diagonale 2021

Festivals

Focus Competition, Zurich Film Festival 2020, CH
Viennale, Vienna International Film Festival, 2020, AT
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, 2020, EST
Torino Film Festival, 2020, IT
Vilnius Film Festival, european debut competition, 2021, LT
Bolzano Film Festival, 2021, IT
Diagonale, 2021, AT
Pula Film Festival 2021, HR
Sydney Film Festival 2021, AU