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Stefan A. Lukacs (aka Istvan)
Young, ambitious police recruit Chris shoots a mentally ill man on duty. He is celebrated as a hero, but soon after, traumatic symptoms begin to surface. In a desperate attempt not to be exposed by his tough superior Konstantin, he resorts to excessive violence, in order to hide his trauma and fulfill his dream of becoming an elite cop.
|Director(s):||Stefan A. Lukacs (aka Istvan)|
|Writer(s):||Stefan A. Lukacs|
|Cinematographer(s):||Andreas Thalhammer, Xiaosu Han|
|Key cast:||Laurence Rupp, Anton Noori, Maria Hofstätter, Roland Düringer, Michael Fuith|
|Producers:||Arash T. Riahi, Karin C. Berger|
|Awards (selection):||Best Screenplay (Skopje), Univerciné Jury Prize + Audience Award (Nantes),
Award for best acting newcomer in a supporting role + Audience Award + Award for socially relevant film (Saarbrücken), FIPA d'or (Biarritz), Best Acting Award to the ensemble + Audience Prize (Graz/Diagonale)
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COPS sets off with 4 awards
Amazing take-off for Istvan's feature debut COPS: after its world premiere at the festival Max Ophüls Prize and immediate follow-up at the FIPA Biarritz, COPS garners Audience Award, Best Young Actor Award for a secondary role and the award for the socially relevant film at Saarbrücken and, to top it all, the main prize FIPA d'OR at Biarritz .
«There is a spiral in operation.»
Lack of experience leads a young recruit in an elite police unit to provoke an escalation which proves fatal. A failure – or an act of heroism? Some of his colleagues see it one way, some the other. In his directorial debut COPS Istvan reveals the complexity of a police system which does not permit any weakness, and he explores the narrow dividing line between seeking out confrontation and passing it by.
COPS reaps 4 awards at Skopje, Nantes and Braunschweig
What a crop for COPS by Stefan Lukacs within two festival weekends: Best Screenplay at the Skopje Cinedays Festival of European film, Univerciné Jury Prize + Audience Award at the Nantes Univerciné Allemand Festival, Best Young Actress Award to Anna Suk at the Braunschweig Film Festival.