WHAT YOU DON’T SEE
a film by Wolfgang Fischer
a LICHTBLICK FILM production
in co-production with STALKERFILM, WDR and arte
in collaboration with the Filmstiftung NRW, BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Österreichisches Filminstitut, Land Niederösterreich
distribution: W-film (Germany), Thimfilm (Austria)
world sales: Rendez-vous Pictures
89 Minutes / colour / 35mm
On a holiday to the rugged Atlantic coast, 17 year-old Anton meets a mysterious teenage couple and is dragged into a manipulative spiral of seduction and violence.
Late summer, Brittany.
Seventeen year-old ANTON goes to a holiday cottage on the craggy Atlantic coast with his mother, LUZIA (38) and her lover, PAUL (42). Luzia is hoping for a new start in her relationship with Paul, but is also looking for a way to get closer to Anton from whom she has been increasingly estranged ever since his father’s death. But Anton feels out of place right from the start of the holiday.
As the harmony between Luzia and Paul increases, Anton is pushed out onto the jagged coastal landscape. It is there that he meets the mysterious, DAVID (17). Unlike Anton, David is wild, impetuous and afraid of nothing. He exposes Anton to a world without rules. Anton is fascinated by David, his strength and self-confidence.
Through David, Anton meets KATJA (17) and is immediately attracted to her. He senses that she is just as lost and neglected as him.
Katja and David, who clearly live alone in the neighbouring house, draw Anton into an increasing vortex of emotional confusion – where sexual enlightenment, subtle seduction and surprising violence all play a part. Meanwhile, Luzia and Paul fail in their efforts to close the gap between themselves and Anton.
Following a nightmarish odyssee through the abyss of his own soul, Anton finds himself in an appalling reality.
written / directed by: Wolfgang Fischer
producer: Joachim Ortmanns
co-producer: Igor Orovac
commissioning editors: WDR - Andrea Hanke, Arte - Georg Steinert
production manager: Bülent Nacaksiz
unit production manager: Lucas Meyer-Hentschel
DoP: Martin Gschlacht
sound by: William Franck
production designer: Sebastian Soukop
costume designer: Annegret Stößel
make-up artist: Elke Hahn
editor: Isabel Meier
casting by: Susanne Ritter
music by: Wilhelm Stegmeier
Montreal World Film Festival 2009 (First Films Competition)
Rome IFF (German Days)
Internationale Hofer Filmtage
Palm Springs Film Festival
IFF Rotterdam (Bright Future)
Berlinale IFF (German Cinema)
Jameson Dublin Film Festival
Fünf Seen Festival
Taipei Golden Horse Festival
Exposed Festival für erste Filme Köln