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31 August 2012 (USA) See more »
Through his work at a morgue, an incarcerated young man trying to build a new life starts to come to terms with the crime he committed. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Thomas Schubert ... Roman Kogler
Karin Lischka ... Margit Kogler
Georg Friedrich ... Rudolf Kienast

Gerhard Liebmann ... Walter Fakler
Stefan Matousch ... Gerhard Schorn

Luna Zimic Mijovic ... Mona (as Luna Mijovic)
Georg Veitl ... Jürgen Hefor
Klaus Rott ... Leopold Wesnik
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johann Bednar ... Schlossermeister
Michael Duregger ... Polizist #2
Elena Dörfler ... Roberta Fakler
Lukas Fuchs ... Ikea customer with hat
Magdalena Kronschläger ... Junge Frau
Louis Markovics
Reinhold G. Moritz ... Josef Kallinger
Martin Oberhauser ... Gefängniswärter #3
David Oberkogler ... Polizist #1
Robert Putzinger ... Zugbediensteter
Peter Raffalt ... Richter
Gabriela Schmoll ... Haushaltshilfe
Stephanie Taussig ... Schwiegertochter
Werner Wultsch ... Mann im Jogginganzug

Directed by
Karl Markovics 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Karl Markovics  screenplay

Produced by
Dieter Pochlatko .... producer
Nikolaus Wisiak .... producer
Original Music by
Herbert Tucmandl 
Cinematography by
Martin Gschlacht 
Film Editing by
Alarich Lenz 
Casting by
Nicole Schmied 
Costume Design by
Caterina Czepek 
Makeup Department
Monika Fischer-Vorauer .... key makeup artist
Karoline Strobl .... makeup artist
Production Management
Petra Mayer .... unit manager
Gregor Schmalix .... unit manager
Bernhard Schmatz .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anton Maria Aigner .... first assistant director
Rainer Vierlinger .... second assistant director
Art Department
Julia Gmoser .... assistant production designer
Isidor Wimmer .... film designer
Sound Department
Thekla Demelius .... mix assistant
William Franck .... sound
Nils Kirchhoff .... dialogue editor
Stephan Michalik .... boom operator
Philipp Mosser .... sound designer
Ralph Thiekötter .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Cedric Dugueperoux .... electrician
Rainer Fritz .... digital imaging technician
Robert Stopfer .... camera "b" operator and steadicam operator
Editorial Department
Reinhard Feichtinger .... digital intermediate editor
Willi Willinger .... colorist
Transportation Department
Christian Raberger .... production driver
Other crew
Loredana Rehekampff .... production coordinator

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  • LISTO Videofilm  post-production (Redcode RAW mastering) (color grading) (film recording) (digital cinema mastering)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Atmen" - Austria (original title)
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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated
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The film was selected as Austria's submission to the 84th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, but it did not make the final shortlist.See more »


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27 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Masterful directorial debut by actor Karl Markovics, 15 October 2011
Author: Superunknovvn from Austria, Vienna

Karl Markovics had to work hard to escape his signature role as Stockinger, the funny sidekick in the popular TV show "Kommissar Rex". It took a lot of "serious" theater work and the leading role in Stefan Ruzowitzky's Academy Award winning "Die Fälscher" until he finally got the respect he deserved as an actor. Now Markovics goes on to prove his talents extend beyond just acting: "Atmen" is his debut as a writer and director - and he hits the bull's eye on the first try.

Apparently, Markovics has worked on a lot of script ideas over the years, but never deemed any of them good enough to be developed into a movie. Finally his wife convinced him to go through with one of those ideas, and rightfully so. "Atmen" is an artistic triumph. Not only is the script brilliantly written, but it is also flawlessly executed. The direction seems almost effortless, as if Markovics was already an old master. He seems to know intentionally what to show when, he's got a great eye for frames and unagitated pictures, and, an actor himself, he naturally knows how to direct other actors. That's not to take away from the great cast. Veteran stars like Georg Friedrich and Karl Rott don't disappoint, but the focus lies on Thomas Schubert who says a lot with just facial expressions. Obviousl,y the movie's success depended on Schubert's performance and the first time actor lives up to the task. He's a great talent. Hopefully we'll see more of him in the future.

"Atmen" is a touching and believable movie about life and death, tight-lipped, but never boring, bleak, but in the end optimistic. It's very authentic in its depiction of Vienna, its depiction of a boy who hasn't been dealt the best cards in life. And, most of all, it's got its heart in the right place. This really deserves an Oscar win - much more than "Die Fälscher" did, actually.

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