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The world financial crisis is over. A small circle of rich Western people has survived the economic breakdown and they spend their holidays in a remote luxury hotel in India. Miss Else joins her aunt to spend her holidays there. She receives a message from her mother disclosing that her father has enormous debts and her mother asks Else for help. This gets Else into serious troubles – with deadly consequences.

ELSE is a modern literature adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's Fräulein Else. ELSE was filmed in India.

"Anna Martinetz's debut feature adapts an Arthur Schnitzler novella in intriguingly stylized fashion." (Dennis Harvey in Variety)

Anna Martinetz was born in 1978 in Vienna/Austria and studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University as well as Film Directing at the University of Television and Film in Munich. Her documentary EDNA - A NANNY IN HONG KONG (2012) was nominated for the German Human Rights Film Award, her documentary MARRIAGES ARE MADE IN HEAVEN (2009) for the Unicato Film Award. Her documentary STADTUTOPIEN ODER DIE LEGENDE VON SYNIA (2005) won the Best Newcomer Film Award at the Diagonale Festival of Austrian Film. She also directed the shorts CHUKKA (2003) and DORIS DÖRRIE INSZENIERT MOZART (2006).
Genre Art, Drama, Literature
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director Anna Martinetz
Screenplay Anna Martinetz
Cinematography Jakob Wiessner
Cast Korinna Krauss, Martin Butzke, Michael Kranz, Katalin Zsigmondy, Marion Krawitz
Producers Toni Nottebohm, Alexandra Böhm
Production Company Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M)
Length 70 min
Format DCP, color, 16:9
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Montreal 2013, Max-Ophüls-Prize Saarbrücken 2014
Awards Bavarian Youth Award 2013

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