SLIFF: Breathing


Sun, Nov 18th, 2012 4:30 pm
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SLIFF: Breathing

The acclaimed directorial debut from veteran Austrian actor Karl Markovics (star of the Academy Award®-winning “The Counterfeiters”), “Breathing” is an eloquent, affecting portrait of an incarcerated teenager, Roman (newcomer Thomas Schubert), attempting to win parole by working at a local morgue. Raised from birth in institutions, Roman is initially impassive and self-sabotaging in his behavior. Soon, however, he begins to respect the solemn work of handling the dead and starts to come to terms with his own youthful crime. “Breathing” won Best Film and Best Actor at the 2011 Sarajevo Film Festival. Britain’s the Guardian calls the film “tremendously impressive: starkly lit and alertly composed and controlled in the Austrian style of Haneke, Hausner et al, but also with a sense of warmth and redemptive purpose that is more like the British social realists.”











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