Thirsty Eyes – 838

A Film by Ioan Gavriel


838 is a music-video taking place in its own dark & obscure Eastern European world, a constant escape from oneself in a schizophrenic nightmare.
Triggered by a sudden encounter on a lonely road, the protagonist’s grasp of reality starts to fall apart — at fast pace.


  • Picture of Ioan Gavriel © Ioan Gavriel

    Ioan Gavriel

    Ioan Gavriel was born in Bern in 1993 as the son of a Romanian violinist and a Swiss architect. He spent his childhood and youth in Vienna, Austria. Through his own animated films and animated work, he discovered his passion for film early on. At the age of 15 he shot the first film-funded short film with professional actors.
    Ioan works successfully as a camera technician and B-cameraman in various Austrian and international productions, with directors like Michael Haneke, Ridley Scott, Terrence Malick, Stefan Ruzowitzky, Josef Hader, Ulrich Seidl, David Schalko or Jessica Hausner. In addition to his work in the camera department, he directs various commercials and music videos for clients such as: UNHCR, Audi, McDonalds or currently for the singer Soap & Skin (O.S.T Netflix "Dark").

Awards + Festivals

  • VIS - VIENNA SHORTS (Official Selection/Music Videos, World Premiere, Vienna, Austria)June 3, 2018
  • 5th OPEN INTERNATIONAL CONTEST FREEDOM OF FORM (Official Selection, Gdansk, Poland)December 13, 2018
    10th BERLIN LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)February 4, 2019
  • 9th MEME PAS PEUR FILM FESTIVAL 2019 (Official Selection, Saint-Philippe, Réunion)February 20, 2019
  • 23rd VIDEONALE FILM- AND VIDEOCOMPETITON (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)March 16, 2019
  • 7th AULLIDO, MUESTRA INTERNACIONAL DE VIDEOCLIP (Official Selection, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico)March 27, 2019
  • 2nd HOT SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hot Springs National Park, AR, USA)March 30, 2019
  • 4th TORONTO INTERNATIONAL SPRING OF HORROR & FANTASY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)April 5, 2019
  • 14th THE MYRTLE BEACH INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Myrtle Beach, South Carolin, USA)April 9, 2019
  • 31st FILMFEST DRESDEN (Open Air Program, Dresden, Germany)April 9, 2019
  • 9th CAPITAL CITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lansing, MI, USA)April 11, 2019
  • 1st SANDS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA)April 13, 2019
  • 48th SEHSÜCHTE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Competition, Potsdam, Germany)April 24, 2019
  • 1st FILMART FESTIVAL MADRID (Official Selection, Madrid, Spain)April 26, 2019
  • 14th DER PHANTASTISCHE TRASHFILM - FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kassel, Germany)May 3, 2019
  • 12th PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Philadelphia, PA, USA)May 8, 2019
  • 8th INT'L FILMMAKER FESTIVAL OF NEW YORK (Official Selection, New York, USA)May 17, 2019
  • HYPERWAVE FILM AWARDS - SPRING SEASON (Finalist, Carson, CA, USA)May 17, 2019
    20th "CORTI DA SOGNI - ANTONIO RICCI" INTERNATIONAL SHORTFILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ravenna, Italy)May 19, 2019
    2nd SA INDIE FILM FEST (Official Selection, Cape Town, South Africa)May 24, 2019
  • 1st NORTHEAST MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dillard, Georgia, USA)June 14, 2019
  • OLBIA FILM NETWORK (Film Market Professional Video Library, Olbia, Italy)June 19, 2019
  • 8th CARDIFF MINI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cardiff, United Kingdom)June 22, 2019
    3rd MARACAY INTERNATIONAL FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Maracay, Venezuela)June 23, 2019
  • 11th INTERROBANG FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Des Moines, Iowa, USA)June 28, 2019
    4th TRANSILVANIA SHORTS - INT’L SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Transilvania, Romania)July 11, 2019
  • 4th CORDILLERA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Reno, Nevada, USA)July 25, 2019
  • 5th CONCEPCIÓN INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Concepción, Bío Bío, Chile)August 6, 2019
  • 2nd ROCK HORROR IN RIO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil)August 14, 2019
  • 4th BLACK SEA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vama Veche, Romania)August 26, 2019
  • 5th EXPERIMENTAL SUPERSTARS (Official Selection, Novi Sad, Serbia)August 28, 2019
  • 14th BUFFALO NIAGARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amherst, NY, USA)September 18, 2019
  • 6th INSHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)September 25, 2019
  • 4th ADIRONDACK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Glens Falls, New York, USA)October 17, 2019
  • 7th INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL CANTON (Official Selection, Guangzhou, China)October 19, 2019
  • 8th EVOLUTION MALLORCA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Palma de Mallorca, Spain)October 23, 2019
  • 3rd ANATOMY CRIME AND HORROR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Athens, Greece)November 1, 2019
  • 12th KUKI - INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)November 3, 2019
  • 35th INTERFILM BERLIN - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)November 5, 2019
  • 4th BUCHAREST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)December 14, 2019
  • 2nd HARZMOVIENALE (Official Selection, Quedlinburg, Germany)April 4, 2020


838_Teaser from Ioan Gavriel on Vimeo.


Ioan Gavriel
Ioan Gavriel/Samuel Ebner
Ioan Gavriel
Director of Photography
Ioan Gavriel, Simon Veroneg, Anna Hawliczek
Art Direction
Anna Sternberg, Rebecca Sternberg, Fjodor Kelling
Costume Design
Miriam Rieser, Tanja Maderner, Agnes Hamvas
Thirsty Eyes, Oliver Brunbauer
Ioan Gavriel
Sound Design
Marcin Morga
Mathias Bosak, Samuel Ebner and Philipp Moosbrugger


Samuel Ebner
Marcin Morga


Running Time
05:48 min
Shooting Format
8K R3D Raw
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
2.39:1 (16:9 letterbox)



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10961 Berlin, Germany

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Ioan Gavriel
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