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What You Don't See (Was Du nicht siehst)

What You Don't See
Scene from "What You Don't See" (photo © Lichtblick Film/Yannick Derennes)

Late summer, Brittany. 17-year-old Anton goes to a holiday cottage on the craggy Atlantic coast with his mother, Luzia and her lover, Paul. Luzia is hoping for a new start in her life with Paul, but is also looking for a way to get closer to Anton, from whom she has been estranged ever since his father’s death. As the harmony between Luzia and Paul increases, Anton is pushed out onto the jagged coastal landscape. It is there that he meets the mysterious, David. David is wild, impetuous and afraid of nothing. He exposes Anton to a world without rules. Anton is fascinated by David, his strength and self-confidence.

Through David, Anton meets Katja and is immediately attracted to her. He senses that she is just as lost and neglected as he is. Katja and David, who live alone in the neighboring house, draw Anton into an increasing vortex of emotional confusion – where sexual enlightenment, subtle seduction and surprising violence all play a part. Meanwhile, Luzia and Paul fail in their efforts to close the gap between themselves and Anton.

Following a nightmarish odyssey through the abyss of his own soul, Anton finds himself in an appalling reality.


Wolfgang Fischer was born in 1970 in Vienna/Austria. From 1990-1995, he studied Psychology and Painting at the University of Vienna and Film and Video at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf, followed by studies in Film and Television at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne. His films include: 9H11 (short, 1999), REMAKE OF THE REMAKE (doc, 1999), GREY (short, 2001), WHAT YOU DON'T SEE (2009), THE BEAR (2013), and STYX (2018).
Genre Drama, Psycho Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Wolfgang Fischer
Screenplay Wolfgang Fischer
Cinematography Martin Gschlacht
Isabel Meier
Sebastian Soukop
Cast Bibiana Beglau, Alice Dwyer, Frederick Lau, Ludwig Trepte, Andreas Patton
Producer Joachim Ortmanns
Co-Producer Igor Orovac
Production Company Lichtblick Film, in co-production with Stalkerfilm/Vienna
Length 89 min
Original Version
 German/French
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Montreal 2009, Hof 2009, Palm Springs 2010, Göteborg 2010, Berlin 2010 (German Cinema), Rotterdam 2010, Shanghai 2010, Zlin 2010, Golden Horse Taipei 2010, Kerala 2010
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Oesterreichisches Filminstitut, Land Niederoesterreich

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