Ruth Mader
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.
Technical Data
Running time: 74
Format: 35mm
Screen ratio: 1:1.66
Sound: Dolby Digital
Language spoken: German/Polish
Subtitles: French, English
Production year: 2003
Director(s): Ruth Mader
Writer(s): Ruth Mader, Martin Leidenfrost, Barbara Albert
Cinematography: Bernhard Keller
Editing: Niki Mossböck
Key cast: Aleksandra Justa, Gottfried Breitfuß, Martin Brambach, Margit Wrobel, Rainer Egger
Producer: Ruth Mader
Producers: Ruth Mader, Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
Cannes (Un Certain Regard)
Awards (selection): Best First Film (Mexico City/FICCO)
Production company
Lindengasse 32/13
1070 Vienna
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and Struggle Filmsin cooperation with Filmakademie Wien