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Scene from "Polar" (photo © KHM)

Luis travels up into the mountains to see his father again for the first time in years. In an isolated holiday house, he unexpectedly meets the new family his father has been keeping from him. Pulled between the opposing forces of anger, incomprehension and the desire for intimacy, Luis tries to break through his father's reserve, finally provoking a conflict.

Michael Koch was born in 1982 in Lucerne/Switzerland. He studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and also worked as an actor. During this time he made the following short films: WIR SIND DIR TREU (WE ARE THE FAITHFUL, 2005), BECKENRAND (2006) and POLAR (2008). All three films were very successful at international festivals and won numerous awards. POLAR received a Special Mention at the Berlin International Film Festival, the German Camera Award, as well as the German Short Film Award 2009. After his studies he worked as a director for the theater Kaserne Basel. Michael Koch celebrates the world premiere of his feature film debut MARIJA (2016) in the International Competition at the 69th Locarno Film Festival.
Genre Drama, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Short
Year of Production 2008
Director Michael Koch
Screenplay Juliane Grossheim, Michael Koch
Cinematography Bernhard Keller
Stefan Stabenow
Knut Jensen, Huck Finn
Valerie Hess, Christiane Blattmann
Cast Max Brauer, André M. Hennicke, Maria Kwiatkowsky, Ajvan Yesildeniz, Hansjuerg Mueller
Producer Elena von Saucken
Production Company Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM), in co-production with KINOMATON MUENCHEN/Munich, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion/Zurich, SRF/Zurich
Length 29 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2008, Berlin 2009 (Perspectives German Cinema), Clermont-Ferrand 2009, Warsaw 2009, Molodist Kiev 2009
Awards Best Swiss Film Winterthur 2008, German Short Film Award 2009
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Zuercher Filmstiftung, Fachausschuss Basel-Stadt, Migros Kulturprozent, Futurum Stiftung Basel

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