63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

Sergeant Major Eismayer is known and feared as the toughest training officer in the Austrian Armed Forces, ruthless with recruits and unwavering in his discipline, order, and macho toughness. But when he starts to fall in love with Falak, a new recruit who unashamedly embraces his homosexuality, Eismayer‘s closeted existence is shaken to the core. To a man like Eismayer, loving another man cannot be reconciled with the understanding of what a model soldier should be. Will he choose to protect his badass tough guy image over all else, or can he follow his heart and his true desire? A surprising, heartfelt film Inspired by a true story.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: David Wagner
Script: David Wagner
Cinematography: Serafin Spitzer
Editing: Stephan Bechinger
Sound: Nora Czamler, Atanas Tcholakov
Music: LYLIT
Actors: Gerhard Liebmann, Luka Dimić, Julia Koschitz, Anton Noori, Christopher Schärf
Production: Golden Girls Filmproduktion & Filmservices GmbH
Producers: Arash T. Riahi, Sabine Gruber
Costumes: Monika Buttinger
Production Design: Thiare Galleguillos, Raphael Caric
Make Up: Julika Leiendecker, Nora Conradi
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Austria
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 87΄
Contact: Austrian Films

David Wagner

David Wagner was born in 1982 and grew up near Vienna. He spent the early 2000s making short films with friends before entering the film industry in 2003, learning how professional films are produced by working in several different roles on film sets. In 2006, he participated in a film course at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts before completing a Μaster’s degree in directing at the Hamburg Media School (2014–2016). Wagner’s short films have been shown at many respected international short film festivals, including the Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis and the Tel Aviv Student Film Festival and have received numerous awards. His first feature film screenplay Eismayer was awarded the Script Talent Award in 2019.


2012 My Left Hand (short)
2015 Trade Queen (short)
2016 Maman and the Ocean (short)
2017 In Ayah's Eyes (short)
2018 About Shit (short)
2022 Eismayer