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A Film by Rafael Haider

Synopsis

CARRY ON

It is wintertime. The landscape is bare and grey. An isolated farm is located next to the woods. An old married couple lives there. Their life consists of every day activities which they are not capable of coping with any more and, furthermore, mostly of boredom. For his daily work the farmer has an old donkey to help him. When the pragmatic farmer learns that the death of his longtime companion is near, he notices that he loves the animal more than he can admit. A parable about death and parting, a fairy tale for grown-ups.

Director

  • Picture of Rafael Haider © Rafael Haider

    Rafael Haider

    Rafael Haider was born on March 12, 1989 in Oberndorf and was raised in Vienna, Austria. After graduating High-School in 2007, he attended the university for music and performing arts in Vienna to study filmdirecting.

Awards + Festivals

  • ***THOMAS-PLUCH SCRIPT PRIZE FOR SHORT AND MIDDLE LENGHT FEATURE FILMS ***
    17th Diagonale, Graz, AustriaMarch 17, 2015
  • Cinema Next Austria, Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, AustriaMay 7, 2015
  • ***BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD***
    21th Palm Springs Int'l Short Fest, Palm Springs, USAJune 16, 2015
  • ***SPECIAL MENTION BY THE JURY***
    30th Valencia International Film Festival, Valencia, SpainJune 19, 2015
  • Dotdotdot Filmfestival, Vienna, AustriaJuly 11, 2015
  • 18th California Independent Film Festival, California, USASeptember 10, 2015
  • 8th San Joaquin International Film Festival Shorts Showcase, San Joaquin, USASeptember 6, 2015
  • 53th New York Film Festival, New York, USASeptember 25, 2016
  • ***BEST SHORT FILM***
    7thSan Jose International Short Film Festival, San Jose, USAOctober 22, 2015
  • 8th Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival, Gympie, AustraliaOctober 8, 2015
  • 16th FESTIVAL EUROPÉEN DU COURT MÉTRAGE DE NICE (Official Selection, France)October 14, 2016
  • 15th International Short Film Competition of 2015 Kaohsiung Film Festival, Kaohsiung, TaiwanOctober 23, 2015
  • Austin Film Festival, Austin, USAOctober 28, 2015
  • 18th Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, USANovember 7, 2015
  • ***JURY PRIZE***
    5th Saint Cloud Film Festival, St. Cloud, USANovember 7, 2015
  • 32th Tehran Short Film Festival, Tehran, IranNovember 11, 2015
  • ***SAKURA PRIZE***
    39th Poitiers Film Festival, Poitiers, FranceNovember 27, 2016
  • 21th Leuven Short Film Festival 2015, Leuven, BelgiumNovember 27, 2016
  • ***NOMINATION BEST SHORT FILM***
    6th Austrian Film Award 2016, Grafenegg, AustriaJanuary 20, 2016
  • 30th FIPA / New Talent Campus 2016, Biarritz, FranceJanuary 19, 2016
  • ***BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM AWARD***
    40th CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)March 30, 2016
  • 8th GO SHORT – INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL NIJMEGEN (Breaking Shorts – Student Competition, The Netherlands)April 6, 2016
  • FESTIVAL OF TOLERANCE – JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL ZAGREB (Official Selection, Croatia)April 9, 2016
  • 33rd BUSAN INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (International Competition, South Korea)April 22, 2016
  • 1st AUSTRIAN AMERICAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)April 27, 2016
  • INDIESPACE BISFF IN SEOUL, OUT OF FRAME (Screening, Seoul, Southkorea)May 21, 2016
  • STUDIO HAMBURG NACHWUCHSPREIS / STUDIO HAMBURG UP-AND-COMING AWARD (Nomination in Category “Best Middle Lenght Film”, Germany)June 2, 2016
  • 18th TEL-AVIV INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Israel)June 9, 2016
  • 14th ISCHIA FILM FESTIVAL (Non competitive section: Cortometraggi fuori concorso, Italy)June 25, 2016
  • 10th FIRST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL XINING (Out-of-competition programme „Academic Spirits“, China) July 21, 2016
  • 7th ONE COUNTRY ONE FILM INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Apchat, France)July 29, 2016
  • 4th LA GUARIMBA FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Fiction Category, Italy)August 7, 2016
  • 16th INTERNATIONAL FILM SCHOOLS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Montevideo, Uruguay)August 11, 2016
  • *BEST FILM* *BEST AUSTRIAN FILM*
    8th SHORTYNALE KURZFILMFESTIVAL (German-Speaking Competition, Klosterneuburg, Austria)August 17, 2016
  • 22nd FILM FESTIVAL DELLA LESSINIA (Competition Section, Italy)August 20, 2016
  • 11th SHORTS MÉXICO – FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CORTOMETRAJES DE MÉXICO (Live Action Competition, Mexico City, Mexico)September 1, 2016
  • *NOMINATED IN BEST FILM & BEST INT’L FILM*
    21st PORTOBELLO FIM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK) September 1, 2016
  • *FOUNDERS AWARD*
    5th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Raleigh, USA) September 5, 2016
  • 9th BUEU INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Pontevedra, Spain)September 10, 2016
  • REC-FILMFESTIVAL BERLIN 2016 (Competition, Berlin, Germany)September 14, 2016
  • 9th FILMZEITKAUFBEUREN (Official Selection, Germany)October 3, 2016
  • 13th FILMFEST EBERSWALDE (Short Film Competition, Germany)October 4, 2016
  • *GOLDEN AWARD*
    15th INT’L STUDENT AND VIDEO FESTIVAL OF BEIJING FILM ACADEMY (Official Selection, China) October 16, 2016
  • *CANON AWARD 2016 BEST SHORT FILM*
    INNSBRUCK NATURE FILM FESTIVAL (Nomination, Austria)October 18, 2016
  • 46th KYIV INT’L FILM FESTIVAL «MOLODIST» (Int’l Student Competition Category, Ukraine)October 22, 2016
  • 6th WEYAUWEGA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wisconsin, USA)November 9, 2016
  • 3rd SUIKER ZOET VOOR FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Schiedam, The Netherlands)November 17, 2016
  • 15th FILMZ – FESTIVAL DES DEUTSCHEN KINOS (Medium Length Competition, Mainz, Germany)November 22, 2016
  • 14th INTERNATIONAL SHORT & INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dhaka, Bangladesh)December 3, 2016
  • 27th BAMBERG SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)January 23, 2017
  • RETROSPEKTIVE FILMFEST EBERSWALDE (Screening, Lichtblick Kino Letschin, Germany)February 24, 2017
  • AUFSPIEL - 200 JAHRES FEIER DER UNIVERSITÄT FÜR MUSIK & DARSTELLENDE KUNST (Screening, Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria)June 15, 2017
  • 7th DORTMUNDER TRESEN-FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)July 3, 2017
  • "BEST OF ROLLE" DORTMUNDER TRESEN FILMFESTIVAL (Open Air, Dortmund, Germany)July 25, 2017
  • 5th ANIMAL FILM FESTIVAL IN SUNCHEONBAY (Official Selection, South Korea)September 15, 2017

Crew

Screenplay
Rafael Haider
Producer
Lola Basara-Hengl
Director
Rafael Haider
Director of Photography
Lukas Schöffel
Art Direction
Ina Chrudina
Costume Design
Ina Chrudina
Sound
Mathias Seebacher, Maximilian Liebich, Paul Ploberger
Editor
Birgit Bergmann
Sound Design
Birgit Bergmann
Music
Henning Backhaus

Details

Running Time
23:30 min
Shooting Format
Apple Pro Res 2 K 4:4:4 (Alexa)
Sceening Format
DCP 2K (Bildformat: Flat/ Ton Format: 6-Kanal), BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILMSCHOOL / PRODUCTION

mdw – Universität für Musik und darstellende
Kunst Wien
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1
1030 Vienna, Austria