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KELLER - TEENAGE WASTELAND

KELLER

  • Genre: DRAMA
  • Duration in minutes: 95 min.
  • Year of Production: 2005
  • Status: COMPLETED

Director(s)

EVA URTHALER

Website

www.keller.com

Category

FEATURE FILM

Country(ies)

AUSTRIA
GERMANY
ITALY

Shooting Language

GERMAN

Writer(s)

EVA URTHALER

Producer(s)

FRANZ NOVOTNY (NOVOTNY & NOVOTNY FILMPRODUKTION )
VOLKER ULLRICH (KäNGURUH FILM )
ALESSANDRO VERDECCHI (MISAMI FILM)

Cast

LUDWIG TREPTE
SERGEJ MOYA
ELISABETTA ROCCHETTI
GEORG FRIEDRICH
BIRGIT DOLL
ANA STAFANOVIC

Cinematography

ALFIO CONTINI

Film Editing

GERGANA VOIGT

Costume Design

MONIKA BUTTINGER

Original Music

GERHARD POTUZNIK

Production Design

ELISABETH KLOBASSA

Log Line

Sebastian and Paul, two bored 16-year-old adolescents, spend their time drinking and stealing – though they have no need to – and have no idea how to relate to each other or to the fact that they are growing up. One day they abduct Sonja, who is in her early 30s, and imprison her in a disused factory. But now what should they do? Uncertainty, fear, lust and even love are all transformed into brutal aggression... and the struggle for liberation claims its victims!

Synopsis

Sebastian and Paul are two 16-year-old boys caught between childhood and the approach of adult life who spend all their time roaming around the teenage wasteland of the suburbs. Prompted by the emptiness of school life and the coldness waiting for them at home they seek thrills in tests of courage, shoplifting and the opportunity to explore the limits imposed upon them by society. They perform increasingly daring acts, each driven by the need to gain the attention and respect of the other.
They construct a lair of their own in a disused factory owned by Sebastian‘s father, an industrialist. Sebastian, whose family is affluent though emotionally deprived, has a higher threshold of excitement than Paul and is the one who initiates their escapades. In an attempt to impress his friend Sebastian now loses control and goes past the point of no return: the two boys abduct 30-year-old Sonja and drag her into their lair. Now they find themselves again in search of kicks, of a more intense degree of stimulation. Sonja becomes the victim of a chain reaction, and before long the consequences are beyond anyone’s control. The situation develops its own fatal dynamic.
Though it is late in the day, Paul now begins to realise what danger surrounds them. He attempts to distance himself from Sebastian’s authority and starts to feel attracted to Sonja. He even tries to help her - as far as possible. But there is no escaping the fate that awaits them. Sebastian can no longer restrain his violent jealousy, and while he fights to gain Paul’s attention, he also suffers the mounting pressure caused by his inability to acknowledge his homosexual feelings.
Finally Sonja’s boyfriend, Chris, finds the disused factory. But his jealous nature prevents him from comprehending what is really happening, and he concludes that Sonja is to blame, that she has instigated the whole mess. Chris now adopts a provocative stance, losing his temper and soon ending up just as helpless as Sonja, who has by now realised that he is very far from being the love of her life. The tensions mounts and reaches a crescendo. Sebastian is clutching his father’s gun, and now he loses all vestiges of self-control. A shot is fired, and the drama becomes a tragedy.
KELLER - Teenage Wasteland is a story about growing up and the conflicts this entails. A tale about the rocky path leading from the period of untroubled childhood to a life where responsibility can no longer be evaded, and mistakes will never be tolerated. KELLER - Teenage Wasteland shows young people discovering their feelings and finding a love that is far from the naive adoration of a child. A love that also has the power to bring consequences.

Festivals and Awards

Step by Step Award 2003 for the best script.
(Medienboard, Berlin Brandenburg, Masterschool – Screenplay)
Premiere at the Locarno International Filmfestival 2005 Competition Official Selection
Raindance IFF 2005 Nominated for „Best debut film“
Valladolid IFF 2005 Section: Meeting Point
Madrid Mostoles 2005
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Section 2005: World Cinema Panorame, Program, Lessions of Life
Saarbrücken Max-Ophüls Festival 2006 Official Competition

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Technical details

Colour COLOUR

Shot on 35MM

Format 35MM

Screen Ratio 1:1.85

Length in Meters 2728

Number of reels 5

Sound mix DOLBY DIGITAL

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