The Trouble with Being Born

Sandra Wollner
Elli is an android and lives with a man she calls her father. Together they drift through the summer. During the day they swim in the pool and at night he takes her to bed. She shares his memories and anything else he programs her to recall. Memories that mean everything to him but nothing to her. Yet, one night she sets off into the woods following a fading echo… The story of a machine and the ghosts we all carry within us.
Technical Data
Running time: 94
Format: digital
Screen ratio: 4:3
Language spoken: German
Production year: 2020
Director(s): Sandra Wollner
Writer(s): Sandra Wollner, Roderick Warich
Cinematographer(s): Timm Kröger
Key cast: Lena Watson, Dominik Warta, Ingrid Burkhard, Jana McKinnon
Producers: Lixi Frank, David Bohun, Andi G. Hess, Astrid Schäfer, Viktoria Stolpe, Timm Kröger
February 25, 2020
Berlin (Encounters)
Awards (selection): Encounters Special Jury Award (Berlin), Thomas Pluch Special Award, Best Austrian Feature Film + Best Editing + Best Sounddesign + Best Actor (Graz/Diagonale), FIRST STEPS AWARD Best Feature Length Film,

Vienna Film Prize Special Jury Award (Vienna/Viennale), Méliès d’argent Award (Trieste/Science+Fiction Festival), Special Distinction (Wroclaw/New Horizons)

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