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Vortex

Somewhere in the distant future ... the United Nations have decided on a new system of imprisonment as an answer to escalating street violence: VORTEX, a mysterious and completely isolated prison complex that is said to securely keep anyone arriving from ever going back.

Vincent, a constructional engineer in his mid-thirties, is attacked by a man in a dark alleyway. To protect his own life, he shoots the man. Vincent must stand trial for murder. Despite his protest and affirmations that he only acted in self-defense, he is found guilty and sent to VORTEX, where according to the judge, he will have to fulfill a certain "rate" each week.


Once in VORTEX, he realizes that he has been cast out into what is in fact a whole subterranean city solely inhabited by criminals. And his "rate" is that from now on he is supposed to execute one fellow prisoner per week. Deeply shocked and repelled, Vincent refuses to kill his first assigned victim. But the system is merciless: if he doesn't comply, he himself will be assigned to be killed. Vincent is drawn deeper and deeper into a vortex of fear, aggression and violence, with no apparent way out ...


Michael Pohl was born in 1967 in Wolfsburg. During his schooling, he did work in marketing and decoration of display windows for various cinemas as well as in graphic print design. From 1988-1990, he worked as an assistant location manager on various productions for Creative Media Productions in Munich, followed by an internship and work as a production assistant for Bavaria Film. In 1992, he began his studies at the Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich. His films include: Leben und Sterben in Transylvanien (short, 1991), Phantasmagoria (short, 1993), Der fliehende Teppich (short, 1993), Ausgestorben (short, 1994-95) - winner in 1996 of the Audience Award at the International Fantasy Film Festival Brussels, the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau Short Film Award and First Prize in Pro7's CINEMA-TV short film competition, Emmeran (TV, 1996), Ohne Gewaehr (TV, 1997), Cineon - Einfuehrung in die digitale Filmbearbeitung (documentary, 1998), and Vortex (2001).
Genre Fantasy, Science Fiction
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Michael Pohl
Screenplay Michael Pohl
Cinematography Dixie Schmiedle
Uli Schoen
Philipp F. Kölmel
Renate Huber
Cast Harald Leipnitz, Hardy Krueger Jr., Arne Fuhrmann, Gilbert von Sohlern, Inés Gress
Producer Markus Zimmer
Production Company Candela Film, Munich, in co-production with Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M), ARRI Media, fieber.film/Munich
Length 50 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Sound Technology Dolby Digital, Dolby SR
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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