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Struggle

a film by Ruth Mader

DRAMA | 2003 | Austria | 90 min | deutsch, polnisch | Color | 35mm | 1:1,66

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Struggle is set in contemporary Austria close to the border between East and West and hence between wealth and poverty. Ewa, a young Polish woman, hustles from one job to the next – picking strawberries, working in a poultry slaughterhouse, scrubbing the swimming pools of the rich. Her existence is stripped to the level of subsistence and driven by the hope of finding better prospects for her and her little daughter. In the second part of the film, a recently divorced Viennese real estate agent begins haunting swingers’ bars, hoping to fill the emptiness that reverberates through his new life. He does not have Ewa’s financial anxiety, but he wrestles with a failed marriage and painful alienation from his daughter. Both Ewa and Marold are physically vulnerable – Ewa due to her precarious ability to provide for her material needs, Marold because his stultifying isolation drives him to exploit his body in order to feel. When they meet, their desperation carries them to even greater extremes.
Cast: Aleksandra Justa, Gottfried Breitfuß, Margit Wrobel, Martin Brambach, Rainer Egger, u.a.

Director: Ruth MaderScreenplay: Ruth Mader, Martin Leidenfrost, Barbara AlbertCamera: Bernhard KellerEditing: Niki MossböckSound: Elisabeth ReehArt Direction: Ilona GlöckelCostumes: Alexandra BurgstallerLocation Manager: Katharina HerrmannProduction Management: Zepp Berensmeier
Production: Ruth Mader, Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
Funding: ORF (Film/Fernseh-Abkommen), BKA.kunst, FFW, Land Niederösterreich, Stadt Wien / MA 7, Filmakademie Wien

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Struggle is set in contemporary Austria close to the border between East and West and hence between wealth and poverty. Ewa, a young Polish woman, hustles from one job to the next – picking strawberries, working in a poultry slaughterhouse, scrubbing the swimming pools of the rich. Her existence is stripped to the level of subsistence and driven by the hope of finding better prospects for her and her little daughter. In the second part of the film, a recently divorced Viennese real estate agent begins haunting swingers’ bars, hoping to fill the emptiness that reverberates through his new life. He does not have Ewa’s financial anxiety, but he wrestles with a failed marriage and painful alienation from his daughter. Both Ewa and Marold are physically vulnerable – Ewa due to her precarious ability to provide for her material needs, Marold because his stultifying isolation drives him to exploit his body in order to feel. When they meet, their desperation carries them to even greater extremes.
Prizes:
CIPPUTI Award (Competition Torino Festival)
Best Script, Saarländische Rundfunk & ZDF Award (Max Ophüls Festival)
FIPRESCI (Molodist Int. Film Festival, Kiew)
Best Cinematography (Diagonale, Austria)
Jury Prize, "Food in Film" Festival, Italy
Special Mention Jury - Festival Cinematografico dell´Umbria


Festivals:
Goa India 2911. - 9.12.2004
Barcelona, 12.11. - 20.11.2004
RIGA, 18.9. - 26.9.2004
San Francisco Women, 1.9. - 30.9.2004
Amsterdam Open Air, 5.8. - 29.8.2004
Lagow, 27.6. - 4.7.2004
Neisse, 15.6.-20.6.2004
Sochi, 5.6. - 15.6.2004
Barcelona Women, 4.6. -10.6.2004
Brüssel Pink, 7.5. - 16.5.2004
Ankara Women, 6.5. - 16.5.2004
Terni Narni Umbria, 20.4. - 25.4.2004
Minneapolis/ St. Paul, 2.4. - 17.4.2004
Festival TROIA
Singapore International Film Festival
Istanbul International Film Festival 
Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Intependiente, 16.4. - 26.4.2004
Langa
Durango 
Diagonale, Austrian Film Festival
Mar del Plata, 6.3. - 14.3.2004
Sofia International Film Festival, 4.3. - 14.3.2004
Belgrad International Film Festival, 28.2. - 9.3.2004
Porto International Film Festival, 20.2. - 28.2.2004
Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 30.1. - 8.2.2004
Saarbrücken Film Festival, 26.1. - 1.2.2004
Prag Febio Festival 
Rotterdam International Film Festival, 21.1. - 1.2.2004
Tromsö Critics`Week 
Barcelona Film Festival
Triest International Film Festival, 15.1. - 22.1.2004
Bratislava International Film Festival, 28.11. - 6.12.2003
Thessaloniki Film Festival, 21.11. - 30.11.03
Gijon Film Festival, 20.11. - 28.11.2003
Turin (Torino) Film Festival, 13.11. - 21.11.2003 
Stockholm International Film Festival, 13.11. - 23.11.2003
Sainte Anne, 31.10. - 12.11.2003
Kiew Film Festival, 25.10. - 2.11.2003
London Film Festival, 22.10. - 6.11.2003
Hof International Film Festival, 22.10. - 26.10.2003
Bobigny Resonances Film Festival, 18.10. - 25.10.2003
Sao Paulo Film Festival, 17.10. - 30.10.2003
Valencia cinema del mediterrani, 16.10. - 23.10.2003
International Film Festival, 16.10. - 22.10.2003
Haifa International Film Festival, 11.10. - 18.10.2003
Ghent Film Festival, 7.10. - 18.10.2003
Warsaw Film Festival, 2.10. - 13.10.2003
Pusan International Fim Festival, 2.10. - 10.10.2003
Vancouver International Film Festival, 25.9.-10.10.2003
Figueira da Foz, 4.9. - 14.9.2003
Toronto International Film Festival, 4.9. - 13.9.2003
Telluride Film Festival, 29.8. - 1.9.2003
Paris Film Festival, 28.8. - 10.9.2003
Gwangju International Film Festival, 22.8. - 30.8.2003
Sarajevo Film Festival, 15.8. - 23.8.2003
Motovun Film Festival, 28.7.- 1.8.2003
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 4.7. - 12.7.2003
Las Palmas, 28.3. - 5.4.2003
Cannes, Un Certain Regard, 14.5. - 25.5.2003


  • Celluloid - Struggle_Celluloid.pdf
    Celluloid, Wien, Juni 2005
  • Kurier - Struggle_Kurier.pdf
    Kurier, Wien, 11.06.2005
  • Kurier - Struggle_Kurier2.pdf
    Kurier, Wien, 11.06.2003
  • Liberation - Struggle_Liberation.pdf
    Libération, Oktober 2004
  • Malmoe - Struggle_Malmoe.pdf
    Malmoe, Wien, Juni 2005
  • Struggle Tirol - Struggle_Tirol.pdf
    Neue Zeitung für Tirol, Innsbruck 18.10.2005


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Born in 1974 in Vienna, Ruth Mader studied directing at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. In 1999, the short feature Gfrasta" won her the German Max Ophüls Award in the short film category. Null Defizit", her next short, received an invitation to the Cannes Film Festival in 2001, where it was shown in the Official Selection, Cinéfondation. Struggle", her first feature film, was again selected for the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival and had its premiere in 2003 in the Section Un Certain Regard.

Filmography

Struggle (2003)

Null Defizit (2001, short)

Gfrasta (1998, short)

Ready For What (1997, documentary)

Kilometer 123,5 (1994, short)

Endstation Obdachlos (1992, documentary)






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