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Chrieg / War

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Synopsis

«Matteo ist fünfzehn, es ist Sommer. Anstatt Ferien sind drei Monate auf einer abgelegenen Alphütte angesagt. Harte Arbeit und ein karges Leben sollen ihn zurück auf den Boden bringen und einen Mann aus ihm machen. Doch als er auf der Alp ankommt, stellt er fest, dass die Jugendlichen dort die Kontrolle übernommen haben.»

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Synopsis - English

Matteo is fifteen. A fragile boy. He runs in the woods carrying his baby brother. A desperate attempt to strike his oppressive father.

He sits in a car that climbs up a steep mountain road. The parent’s punishment for kidnapping the baby. Four months of hard work on a remote farm.

Three hostile teenagers grab Matteo and lock him into a dog cage. The farmer, supposed to handle the kids, has lost control. Anton, an unpredictably aggressive boy, is now in charge. He has given shelter to two more troubled, angry teenagers: Dion, a boy from Serbia and Aline, a girl with short cut hair.

Matteo is their dog. Only when he starts to stand up against them he earns their respect. He joins them on a mission: They drive down to the city. A feverish night full of violence and destruction. Their war. Revenge against grown-ups - against everything. Matteo gets stronger, learns to fight and falls in love with Aline. He is part of the pack. The farm is their perfect hideout.

Intention

When I was a kid although being very shy I sometimes had sudden, violent anger attacks which led me to attacking even friends in blind rage.

I experienced this only once in my adult life when I was attacked on the street and got into a fight. I was struck on how natural it felt, how seductive it is to be in fighting-mode, to be at war, to be outside of all the boundaries.

The pressure on teenagers is high. They are flooded with images of how to behave and how to look, while there is little room for rebellion and unorganized activity.

I want to explore and visualize the seduction of violence. The addictive thrill of operating outside of all limits. Investigate the dynamics inside the group doing it and the consequences upon my main character who is sucked into this world.

Production Company:

HUGOFILM PRODUCTIONS GMBH
Zypressenstrasse 76
CH-8004 Zürich
tel +41 44 240 40 77
fax +41 44 240 34 96
productions@hugofilm.ch

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Stills:

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