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Sergeant Major Eismayer is known and feared as the toughest training officer in the Austrian Armed Forces, ruthless with recruits and unwavering in his discipline, order and macho toughness. But when he starts to fall in love with Falak, a new recruit who unashamedly embraces his homosexuality, Eismayer‘s closeted existence is shaken to the core. To a man like Eismayer, loving another man cannot be reconciled with the understanding of what a model soldier should be. Will he choose to protect his badass tough guy image over all else, or can he follow his heart and his true desire? Inspired by a true story.
|Format:||2K DCI Flat|
|Sound:||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Key cast:||Gerhard Liebmann, Luka Dimić, Julia Koschitz, Anton Noori, Christopher Schärf, Karl Fischer, Lion Tatzber|
|Producers:||Arash T. Riahi, Sabine Gruber|
September 4, 2022Venice (Settimana della Critica)
|Awards (selection):||IWONDERFULL Grand Prize of the Settimana della Critica + Silver Ship by the Fanheart3 Association (Venice)|
«Digging for truthfulness»
None of his colleagues in the Austrian Army could have even dreamt that Eismayer was concealing a double life behind his brutal rigour. The young soldiers under his command had nothing to laugh about. But when the recruit Mario Falak embarks upon his military service, Charles Eismayer's life – consisting of the military, an apparently ideal family and hidden homosexuality – begins to come apart. In his feature film debut EISMAYER David Wagner slowly lets the true and unusual love story take its course within the brittle structures of an army barracks.
Venice 2022 with
VERA by Covi & Frimmel and
EISMAYER by David Wagner
Reality and fiction merge and collide in both Austrian entries at the 79th Venice Film Festival (August 31 to September 10):
- VERA by Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel is invited to the Orizzonti Competition
- EISMAYER, directorial debut by David Wagner, is part of the Settimana della Critca selection
Double triumph for VERA and EISMAYR in Venice
Best Directors Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, Best Actress Vera Gemma – that’s the awesome verdict of the Orrizonti 2022 jury announced for VERA on the closing night of the 79th Venice Film Festival.
First time director David Wagner took the IWONDERFULL Grand Prize of the Settimana della Critica for his debut EISMAYER.
Austrian Focus at the
14th LES ARCS Film Festival
The 14th International Film Festival LES ARCS (December 10 to 17) dedicates this year’s focus to Austrian filmmaking with
- feature and short films from Austria in the Competition and the other festival sections
- new projects from Austria in the Industry Village
- with a strong presence of filmmakers from Austria in a compact and targeted European network meeting for production and exploitation