62nd TIFF: Greek Premiere

When an ex-prisoner of the Great War returns home and finds his comrades brutally murdered, he decides to bring the serial killer to justice. Shot almost exclusively on blue screen, this breathtaking study on the traces of toxic masculinity in Europe’s historical past creates an exciting balance between this hard, loud, brutal man's world and the complex soul landscapes of our protagonists with their existential wounds.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Script: Hanno Pinter, Robert Buchschwenter, Stefan Ruzowitzky
Cinematography: Benedict Neuenfels
Editing: Oliver Neumann
Sound: Alain Goniva, Nils Kirchhoff, Michel Schillings
Music: Kyan Bayani
Actors: Murathan Muslu, Max von der Groeben, Liv Lisa Fries, Marc Limpach, Matthias Schweighöfer, Margarethe Tiesel, Aaron Friesz
Production: FreibeuterFilm Austria, Amour Fou Luxembou
Producers: Oliver Neumann, Sabine Moser, Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
Co-production: Scope Pictures Belgium, Lieblingsfilm Germany
Co-producers: Geneviève Lemal, Robert Marciniak
Costumes: Uli Simon
Production Design: Andreas Sobotka, Martin Reiter, Oleg Prodeus
Make Up: Helene Lang
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Austria, Luxemburg
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 99'
Contact: Beta Cinema

Stefan Ruzowitzky

Stefan Ruzowitzky was born in 1961 in Vienna, Austria. Raised in Düsseldorf, Germany, he studied theater, media, film, and history. He started his career by directing music videos for bands like The Scorpions, No Mercy, and Justin Timberlake (nomination “Best Video,” MTV USA). One of his early feature films, The Inheritors (1998), became a festival hit at Telluride, the New York Film Festival, and Toronto, winning more than twenty international awards. Anatomy (2000) became the highest-grossing German genre movie ever. After directing the strong box office performer and children's movie Lilly the Witch (2009) and Cold Hell (2017), Ruzowitzky started working in the US, where he directed Deadfall (2012) and co-created series like 8 Days (2019) and The Barbarians (2020). His film The Counterfeiters (2007) won the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.


1998 The Inheritors
2000 Anatomy
2007 The Counterfeiters
2009 Lilly the Witch
2012 Deadfall
2017 Cold Hell
2020 Narcissus and Goldmund
2021 Hinterland