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Short film from Switzerland, 13 minutes

Screens Thursday, February 26, 2015
Screening Block 1: 12pm-3:15pm

Directed by Luca Zuberbühler
Produced by Rajko Jazbec

Forced to be alone – whenever Lothar sneezes, nearby objects explode. To protect the world he locks himself into a subterranean home, isolated from the outer world. One day, an accident happens. Despite all the care taken, he breaks his beloved toaster, an early gift from his mother. The broken toaster compels him to leave his residence. Shortly after taking the risk, Lothar runs the world into great danger.

About the Director

Luca Zuberbühler was born in 1986 and raised in Winkel b. Bülach (Switzerland). As a young and enlivened filmmaker, he directed and edited many shortfilm projects and worked as an assistant editor and director. In 2013 he graduated from Zurich University of the Arts with a Bachelor in Film. He is most passionate about directing entertaining movies with a touch of social criticism.


2013 Swikos Kurzfilmfestival (Switzerland) – Best Director
2014 Los Angeles Movie Awards (USA) – Best Student Film
2014 Berlin Independent Film Festival (Germany) – Biff-Winner*
2014 Worldfest 47th Houston Int’l Film Festival (USA) – Gold Remi Award
2014 High Dessert International Film Festival (USA) – Best Cinematography
2014 Madrid International Fantastic Film Festival – Nocturna (Spain) – Best Short Film
2014 Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Switzerland) – H. R. Giger “Narcisse” Award for Best Swiss Short – Méliès D’argent Award for Best European Fantastic Short
2014 Capalbio Cinema Int’l Short Film Fest (Italy) – Junior Teens Award
2014 Golden Diana International Film Festival (Austria) – Diana In Gold
2014 Gässli Film Festival (Switzerland) – First Prize
2014 Guam International Film Festival (Guam) -Finalist For The Achievement In Acting (Aaron Hitz)
2014 Göttinger Kurzfilmfestival (Germany) – First Prize Sound Pattern Award
2014 European Short Film Festival At Mit (USA) – Jury Prize
2014 Sapporo International Short Film Festival & Market (Japan) – Best Student Director


About Winter Film Awards

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. Our Mission is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out. WFA is a minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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