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LIFE GUIDANCE

a film by Ruth Mader

THRILLER | 2017 | A | 101 min | Deutsch | DCP | SCOPE 1:2,39

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The Film is set in the near future, in a world that has achieved a perfected state of capitalism. Society is sustained by a class of top achievers. These cheerfully motivated people populate a bright, friendly, transparent and efficient middle-class world. Meanwhile, so-called minimum recipients live under sedation in Fortresses of Sleep. The great majority of top achievers view themselves as happy and self-fulfilled. An outsourced agency has been established for the rest: Life Guidance is charged with turning these individuals into optimal people as well. 

Alexander is a member of the middle class and works in the financial sector. Like the others, he has internalized the system. But one wrong word to his child is enough to trigger Life Guidance. An agent from Life Guidance counsels him about attaining his optimal potential and increasingly encroaches on Alexander’s life. Alexander starts to rebel and soon encounters the horror of the system in all its brightness and affability.


Cast: mit: Fritz Karl, Katharina Lorenz, Florian Teichtmeister

Director: Ruth MaderScreenplay: Ruth Mader, Martin LeidenfrostCamera: Christine A. MaierEditing: Niki MossböckMusic: Manfred PlesslSound: Heinz K. EbnerArt Direction: Renate Martin und Andreas Donhauser/ Donmartin SupersetsCostumes: Tanja HausnerProduction Management: Stephanie Wagner
Production: Gabriele Kranzelbinder
Funding: Österreichisches Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, ORF Film-Fernseh/Abkommen, FISA, Land NÖ
Distribution: Stadtkino

«ICH HASSE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.»
Interview mit Ruth Mader - Karin Schiefer/AFC - August 2017

In Life Guidance haben sich die Menschen dem Credo der Selbstoptimierung unterworfen und ihre Privatsphäre einer Agentur übergeben. Verstörend genug. Doch Ruth Mader hat die Schraube nachgedreht und ihre Dystopie in eine Zeit gelegt, die unserer Gegenwart zum Greifen nahe scheint....(zum Artikel)



The Film is set in the near future, in a world that has achieved a perfected state of capitalism. Society is sustained by a class of top achievers. These cheerfully motivated people populate a bright, friendly, transparent and efficient middle-class world. Meanwhile, so-called minimum recipients live under sedation in Fortresses of Sleep. The great majority of top achievers view themselves as happy and self-fulfilled. An outsourced agency has been established for the rest: Life Guidance is charged with turning these individuals into optimal people as well. 

Alexander is a member of the middle class and works in the financial sector. Like the others, he has internalized the system. But one wrong word to his child is enough to trigger Life Guidance. An agent from Life Guidance counsels him about attaining his optimal potential and increasingly encroaches on Alexander’s life. Alexander starts to rebel and soon encounters the horror of the system in all its brightness and affability.


Prizes:
FIPRESCI-Preis der International Federation of Film Critics im Rahmen des Transilvania International Film Festival 2018 in der Kategorie „To be or not to be politically correct?“ 

Festivals:

 

  • 58th Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2017  - 02.12. - 12.11.2017 
  • 53rd Chicago International Film Festival 2017 - 12.10. - 26.10.217 
  • 22nd Busan International Film Festival 2017 - 12.10 - 21.10.2017
  • BFI London Filmfestival 2017 - 04.10. - 15.10.2017 
  • Filmfest Hamburg 2017/D - 05.10. - 14.10.2017 
  • Worlpremiere: 74. Mostra Internationale d’Arte Cinematografica in Venice /Italy – "Giornati degli Autori" - 08.09.2017 17:00, Sala Perla 

 





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Ruth Mader
 
Studied directing at Film and Television Department of
University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Graduated with Distinction from Michael Haneke's Master Class.
 
1999 awarded Max Ophüls Prize for her short film Gfrasta.
 
Invited to Official Selection of Cannes Film Festival four times, participating in 2001 Cinéfondation section with Null Defizit; in 2003 Un Certain Regard section debuting Mader’s first feature film Struggle; in 2005 Tous les Cinémas du Monde section with Gfrasta; and in 2007 presenting her screenplay SERVIAM – Ich will dienen in the L’Atelier series.
 
In 2012 Mader’s film What Is Love premiered in the Forum section of the Berlin International Film Festival.
 
Numerous international awards include the International Critics' Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) and a nomination for Cannes’ Caméra d’Or.
 
In 2017, her feature film Life Guidance celebrates its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, competing in the Giornate degli Autori section.





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