Die unabsichtliche Entführung der Frau Elfriede Ott



For two years Horst has been collecting his dead grandmother's retirement pension to help make ends meet. Everything runs smoothly until a local politician announces he will be coming by to officially wish the 95-year-old a happy birthday. Without thinking twice, his friend Toni "borrows" an old lady from the hospital as a stand-in. But instead of just any old lady, he has unintentionally grabbed the famous actress Elfriede Ott, which leads to a series of mix-ups and complications.

Director's Statement

When the world is in trouble, we don’t just need horror (to show us that there are other people who are even worse off), more than anything we need comedies that give us 90 minutes of oblivion and let us temporarily forget the finance crisis, our uncertain job situations, the lousy weather, our stupid neighbour, and whatever else is getting us down. Pure escapism? Why not? There is a particular breed of human being: a thirty-something slacker who can’t really seem to get his shit together. Too late for the revolutionary 80s and unable to live up to society’s expectations, these people are lost somewhere in between. Some try to find their niche, Toni, for example, a go-getter who wants to give the world a little luxury with his stretch limo service, even though his own financial situation is far from rosy. Horst is a good guy too, despite the fact that he has been collecting his grandmother’s retirement pension even though she has been pushing up daisies, so to speak, for years. But if no one complains, what’s the problem? Right? Elfriede Ott - famous actress, idol in the Austrian theatre scene, a living legend of light entertainment - keeps our clumsy heroes anchored to reality. Like an Austrian version of BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, except in this case we are fortunately not confined to the popular actress’ head; her physical presence is enough. THE UNINTENTIONAL KIDNAPPING OF ELFRIEDE OTT fuses the elements of the classical boulevard comedy with slapstick, merges rural Austria with the visual narrative style of younger American movie comedies.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Andreas Prochaska

Written by: Uwe Lubrich, Uwe Lubrich, Michael Ostrowski, Andreas Prochaska

Produced by: Danny Krausz, Danny Krausz

Editing: Karin Hartusch, Daniel Prochaska

Production Design: Maria Gruber

Original Score: Heinz Ditsch

Actor: Angelika Niedetzky, Simon Hatzl, Michael Ostrowski, Alexandra Kiendl, Elfriede Ott, Gerhard Liebmann

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2011