Leben! (Touching Life)
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Short film from Germany, 18 minutes
German with English subtitles
Screens Thursday, February 26, 2015
Screening Block 1: 12pm-3:15pm
Ben suffers from anxieties and an obsessive-compulsive disorder which he can’t stand any longer. Medication and therapy have had no positive effects so far, and his girlfriend left him because she couldn’t cope with the situation. Ben’s most burning desire is to be normal again, but even having a job again would be a big step into the right direction. When he’s invited for a job interview, he decides to risk it all and to face his fears for one — long — day.
About the Director
Carolin Färber was born in Wertingen, Germany in 1981. She studied directing for theater at the renowned drama school Max-Reinhardt-Seminar in Vienna from which she graduated with distinction. She became the first ever accepted guest student in Michael Haneke’s directing master class at the Film Academy Vienna and was trained as a Creative Producer for Film/TV at the ISFF in Berlin. Leben! is her first short film.
2013 Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival (Greece) – Cinematic Achievement Award
2014 Festival Internacional del Cortometraje (Argentina) – Great ESMI Award
2014 Festival Internacional del Cortometraje (Argentina) – Special Mention for the Best Actor (Mirco Kreibich)
2014 Festival Internacional del Cortometraje (Argentina) – Special Mention for the Approach to Disorders that affect Human Beings