Einer von uns
Inspired by these events, ONE OF US narrates a complex cosmos of characters that inhabit the sterile aisles of product shelves and the giant cement-grey parking lot of a supermarket. All characters encounter the 14-year-old teenager Julian who, with curiosity and naïveté, seeks adventure in this rigidly organised consumerist world.
The supermarket itself is a quiet observer as well as a stoic protagonist from which any kind of human impulse ricochets. A classic anti-space, the supermarket might generate a vast array of desires, but won’t permit neither personal stories nor identities. As the silent witness of a tragic crime, the supermarket is victorious in a narrative from which all participants emerge as losers. With this uncanny presence, the supermarket becomes a metaphor for a global system of society that has stopped functioning long ago – it constantly faces the ultimate collapse. The giant worlds of shelves, filled with lurid and empty promises, shape the film’s central narrative perspective onto a story on identity, friendship, love, acknowledgement, and the boredom of the suburbs.
The adult characters therein mostly function as trusting servants of the system, keeping a late capitalist lie alive even though it never offers them fulfilment.
It’s this very fact that makes the story of the innocent boy – who succumbs to this system so senselessly – so unbelievably tragic. People are primarily consumers, and apparently only youths and their aimless-yet-stirring rebellion are the living.
ONE OF US should furthermore mirror a piece of Austrian zeitgeist, which one will primarily find in the rural cement deserts of the suburbs. Through this film, viewers will hopefully have an opportunity to see this strange world with new eyes.
After several music videos and experimental shorts, Stephan Richter received the STARTER AWARD FOR FILM ART (Austrian Ministry of Culture and Arts) and started to work on his first feature film project ONE OF US. He met Arash T. Riahi, who supported the project as dramaturgical advisor and producer.
In 2013 ONE OF US was part of the EKRAN training programme in Warsaw (Wajda Film School) and was also nominated for the "Project Pitch Award" at the "Kino der Kunst Festival" (Cinema of Art Festival) in Munich.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Stephan Richter
Written by: Stephan Richter
Produced by: Arash T. Riahi, Karin C. Berger
Cinematography: Enzo Brandner
Editing: Andreas Wodraschke, Julia Drack
Production Design: Christine Dosch, Julia Oberndorfinger
Costume Design: Monika Buttinger
Original Score: Maja Osojnik, Matija Schellander
Sound Design: Hjalti Bager-Jonathansson
Main Cast: Jack Hofer (Julian), Simon Morzé (Marko)
Nominations and Awards
- Feature Film Selection 2016