Crash Test Dummies

a film by Jörg Kalt

COMEDY | 2005 | Austria | 93 min | German | Color | 35mm | 1:1,85

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The opportunity to make some fast money by delivering a hot car moves Ana and Nicolae, a young couple from Romania, to take a bus from Bucharest to Vienna. After arriving they are told to be patient, their car is not ready yet. Ana wants to return, while Nicolae would rather forge on westward.
Cast: Maria Popistasu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Simon Schwarz, Kathrin Resetarits, Viviane Bartsch, Barbara Albert, Stipe Erceg

Director: Jörg KaltScreenplay: Jörg Kalt; Idee: Antonin SvobodaCamera: Eva TestorEditing: Emily ArtmannMusic: Bernhard FleischmannSound: Andreas Kopriva, Bernhard WeiratherArt Direction: Veronika MerlinCostumes: Veronika AlbertLocation Manager: Zepp BerensmeierProduction Management: Gabriella Reisinger
Production: Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Herbert Schwering, Christine Kiauk
Funding: ÖFI, FFW, ORF (Film/Fernseh-Abkommen), Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Land Niederösterreich

Worldsales: AUTLOOK Filmsales, welcome@autlookfilms.com

Distribution: Poool Filmverleih www.poool.at
“crash test dummies” tells and interweaves two storylines: On one hand the story of Ana and Nicolae, a young romanian couple, that arrives in Viennas Wien-Mitte trainstation by bus. Their plan is to accept a stolen car and drive it back to Bucarest. On the other hand the story of a supermarket detective named Jan Keller. He is the roommate of Martha who works as a human crash test dummie. After their arrival in Vienna, Ana and Nicolae learn that there is no car ready for them. They are stuck without much money and without the possibility to return to Romania. Ana has a sick daughter in Bucarest, she wants to go home as soon as possible. Nicolae would rather travel on westward, his plans of the future are slightly diffused. They soon have their first fight. They sleep in the park. The supermarket where Jan works is located in the Wien-Mitte trainstation. Jan meets Ana twice by chance, both of them don’t attach too much importance to those meetings. Nicolae refuses to spend the next night again in the park. He persuades Ana and with the last of their money they check into a hotelroom. Again they have a fight. Ana tells Nicolae that she is pregnant from him. Nicolae doesn’t take the news well. Ana leaves the hotel. Nicolae follows her, looks for her, doesn’t find her. He meets Dana instead. She works in a travel agency, and seems to live her life exactly they way Nicolae imagines: free and independent. Ana wanders around town. A car hits her and she is delivered to the emergency room of a hospital, where Jan and Ana meet for the third time: Jan is visiting his Ex-girlfriend who works as a night nurse. After they find out that Anas Visa has expired, one of the night nurses wants to report her to the police. Jan abducts Ana and brings her to his apartment. Meanwhile Nicolae is having sex with Dana. In the morning he returns to the hotel and learns about Anas accident. While Jan is at work, Ana wakes up in his apartment. She goes to the train station to find out about trains to Bucarest. She meets Arpad, the man who was supposed to hand over the stolen car two days ago but didn’t have it then. Now the car exists and Ana agrees to drive it back to Romania the next day. Ana is begging for food on one of the richest streets of Vienna. Later she goes to the park to sleep there. She meets Nicolae. Again they fight, they split up. Nicolae goes back to Dana, Ana sleeps in the park. In the next morning Ana takes over the car. Since she hardly knows how to drive, she goes to the supermarket, finds Jan and asks him to help her. They drive the car back to Jans place. They almost sleep with each other, but Martha interrupts them. Jan decides to drive Ana back to Bucarest. They start packing. At a party in Danas apartment, Nicolae accidentally meets Martha. Martha carries prescription pills which she wants to sell. Nicolae proposes to sell them to Arpad, the fence. He tells Nicolae that Ana has accepted the car and is driving it to Bucarest. Martha tells Nicolae that Ana is now together with Jan. Jan and Ana reach the hungarian border, but they can’t cross it, because the car is registered in Nicolaes name. Nicolae and Martha reach the border as well. Martha has a breakdown. Inevitably Ana and Nicolae cross the border to drive back to Bucarest, while Jan drives Martha to a hospital in Vienna.

The opportunity to make some fast money by delivering a hot car moves Ana and Nicolae, a young couple from Romania, to take a bus from Bucharest to Vienna. After arriving they are told to be patient, their car is not ready yet. Ana wants to return, while Nicolae would rather forge on westward.
Thomas-Pluch-Drehbuchförderpreis (Diagonale 2005)
Silbernen Giraldillo (Sevilla Festival de Cine 2005)
Spezialpreis der Jury (Filmfestival Cinessonne 2005)

Festival “Giovane Cinema Europeo” Mailand und Genua (1.4. - 22.4.2006)
Festival of Czech Films FINALE Pilsen (3.4. - 9.4.2006)
ÖKG Chicago; Eröffnungsfilm (2.3. - 23.3.2006)

ÖKF Prag; EU Filmfestival (26.1. - 5.2.2006)
Internationales Filmwochende Würzburg 06 (26.1. - 29.01.06)
ÖKF Peking (20.12. - 31.12.05
Hong Kong 05 Max
 (21.10. - 30.10.2005) 
International Film Festival Bratislava 2005 (2.10. - 10.12.2005)
International Film Festival Marrakech 2005 (11.11. - 19.11.2005)
International Film Festival Denver 05 (10.11. - 20.11.2005)
Internationales Filmfest Braunschweig 2005 (8.11. - 13.11.2005)
Sevilla 2005 Festival de Cine Wettbewerb (4.11. - 12.11.2005) 
Ghent International Filmfestival 2005 (11.10. - 22.10.2005) 
Warsaw International Film Festival 2005 Wettbewerb (7.10. - 16.10.2005) 
Filmfestival Cinessonne 2005 Wettbewerb (1.10. - 15.10. 2005)
Unabhängiges Filmfest Osnabrück 2005 (5.10. - 9.10.2005)
Vancouver International Filmfestival 2005 (29.9. - 14.10.2005)
Norrkoping 2005 Filmfestival, Wettbewerb
Terra di Siena Film Festival 2005
Milano Film Festival 2005 Wettbewerb (16.9. - 25.9.2005)
Filmfest Weiterstadt 2005 (11.8. - 15.8.2005)
Palic International Filmfestival 2005 - New Austrian Film (17.7. - 23.7.2005)
Karlovy Vary 2005 - Another View (1.7. - 9.7.2005) 
International Art Film Festival Trencianske Teplice 2005 (17.6. - 25.6.2005)
Durban International Film Festival 2005 (15.6. - 26.6.2005)
2ème Semaine du cinéma autrichien 2005 - Paris (8.6. - 14.6.2005)
International Film Festival Bukarest 05 (20.4. - 24.4.2005)
Minneapolis - St. Paul Int. Film Festival 2005 (1.4. - 16.4.2005)
Diagonale 2005 Eröffnungsfilm (14.3. - 20.3.2005)
Berlinale 2005 - Internationales Forum des Jungen Films (11.2. - 20.2.2005)

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Jörg Kalt





Geburt in Suresnes bei Paris


1974 - 85

Grundschule in Zürich und München, Gymnasium in München und Zürich



Verlagsvolontariat im Haffmans Verlag, Zürich


1987 - 90


Studium der Anglistik und Jura an der 
Universität Zürich


1989 - 91

Redaktionsmitglied der Zeitschrift "AHA!"


seit 1990

Freier Journalist u.a. für "Das Magazin", "Weltwoche", "Sonntagszeitung", "Wochenzeitung"


1991 - 92

Besuch der Prager Filmschule FAMU


seit 1991

Kolumnist der Zeitschrift "du"


1994 – 2001

Filmakademie Wien, Studienrichtung Regie 
bei Prof. P. Patzak



Stipendium des Schweizerischen Kulturinstituts in Rom



Filme (Auswahl):




Crash Test Dummies
35mm, 90 Min




Happy Together (Videoclip für „Fuzzy Casino“)




Richtung Zukunft durch die Nacht
35mm, 60 Min
Festivalteilnahmen: Saarbrücken, Diagonale Graz, First Steps Berlin, Raindance London
Preise: Spezialpreis der Jury (Max Ophüls 2002)
Deutscher Nachwuchspreis für den besten Spielfilm bis 60 Minuten (First Steps 2002, Berlin), Bester Langspielfim (Fak 03 Wien)
Österreichischer Kinostart im Februar 2003




Lesen macht tot
35 mm, 40 Min
(Österreichischer Beitrag für den Studentenoscar 2000)
Festivalteilnahmen: Rotterdam, Hof, Saarbrücken, u.a.
Preise: Niederösterreichischer Kulturpreis 2000
Bestes Drehbuch (Fak 01, Wien)

Living in a box
Digi Beta, 28 Min. 
(Festivalteilnahmen: München, Mexico City)
Preise: Bester Dokumentarfilm (Fak 01, Wien)




Bitte, Danke - Gute Fahrt!
16 mm, 12 Min

Meine Mutter war ein Metzger
16 mm, 20 Min
Festivalteilnahmen: Rotterdam, Hof, Oslo, Brüssel, London, Hamburg u.a
Preise: Spezialpreis Regie, Beste Kamera, 
Bester Schnitt, Publikumspreis (alle Fak 99, Wien)




16 mm, 10 Min

Telekolleg Pataphysik
Beta, 15 Min
Preise: Bestes Drehbuch (Fak 97, Wien)




Taste the Waste
16 mm, 6 Min




Eternity starts here
16 mm, 30 Min


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