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Kafka's the Burrow

World Premiere
Director
조첸 알렉산더 프레덴크/Jochen Alexander FREYDANK
Country
Germany
Entry Year
2014
Running Time
110min
Format/Color
DCP / Color
PROGRAM NOTE
Inspired by Franz Kafka’s unfinished short story, this film depicts a man who moves into an apartment he has made into a fortress. The original story has an animal as its main character, but this film features a middle-aged man. The camera focuses on the man who is obsessed with safety and quiet after moving in, never enjoying the comfort of his new home. The film terrifyingly depicts how the “outsiders,” who are represented by the homeless, encroach on his private space slowly but o obviously. The space plays an important part in this film, emphasizing the feeling of instability with its threatening angles and diagonal structure. The story also points out the desolation of modern society by showing a red building, dehumanized survivors and the poor in the dark basement. As the building becomes more desolate, the character himself gradually comes to look similar to the building, and it is frightening to look at such a change. The composition of scenes and visual effects make it hard to believe that the film was directed by a rookie. (RHEE Soue-won)
DIRECTOR
Director
Jochen Alexander FREYDANK
Jochen Alexander Freydank was born in 1967 in East Berlin. In 1999, after five rejections from film schools, he set up his own film production company. He directed Happy End(1999), Duty(2003) and Toyland(2007). Toyland(2007) won the Oscar for Best Live-action Short.
CREDITS
credits.
DIRECTOR Jochen Alexander FREYDANK
PRODUCER Jochen Alexander Freydank
CAST Axel Prahl ,Kristina Klebe ,Josef Hader ,Roeland Wiesnekker ,Devid Striesow ,Robert Stadlober ,Fritz Roth
SCREENPLAY Jochen Alexander Freydank
CINEMATOGRAPHY Egon Werdin
ART DIRECTOR Tom Hornig
EDITOR Philipp Schmitt
SOUND Jorg Wiegleb
MUSIC Rainer Oleak
PRODUCTION COMPANY Mephisto Film GmbH
Germany Oderstr. 20
Tel: 49 30 75450267
Fax: 49 30 75450268
info@mephistofilm.de
WORLD SALES Beta Cinema GmbH
Germany Gruenwalder Weg 28 d 82041 Oberhaching / Munich
Tel: 49 89 67 34 69 823
Fax: 49 89 67 34 69 888
cosima.finkbeiner@betacinema.com