Director: Katharina Mückstein
Writer: Katharina Mückstein
Cinematographer: Michael Schindegger
Key cast: Sophie Stockinger, Kathrin Resetarits, Dominik Warta, Julia Franz Richter, Jack Hofer
Producers: Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Flavio Marchetti, Katharina Mückstein, Michael
Running time: 96min Language spoken: German Production: AT, 2018
Awards (selection): Best Film of the FOCUS Switzerland/Germany/Austria competition (Zurich); Best Acting Award to the ensemble (Graz/Diagonale), Golden Wolf Award for Best Film (Seoul), Prix Cima (Valencia)
L’ Animale is a film about the contradictory forces that guide our lives: desire, passion, and reason. Riding on their tuned-up bikes, Mati and her posse of male friends intimidate their neighborhood and harass the girls. In their village, they rule. But when her closest pal Sebastian falls in love with Mati and her enemy Carla unexpectedly turns into a friend, Mati is in danger of losing her standing among her male friends. Meanwhile Mati’s parents have a decision to make: What’s more important, appearances or reality?