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IT'S ME. HELMUT (ICH BIN'S. HELMUT)

IT'S ME. HELMUT
photo © Nicolas Steiner

Helmut celebrates his 60th birthday on the day he is actually turning 57 (his wife miscalculated). As a façade of petit-bourgeois domesticity peels away, old friends drop by to offer some well-meaning advice through bizarre declarations of love and transience.


Nicolas Steiner was born in 1984 in Turtmann/Switzerland. In 2005 and 2006 he attended the European Film College in Ebeltoft/Denmark, followed by studies in Social Anthropology, Film and Politics at Zurich University. Since 2007, he has been studying Directing at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg. His films include: the shorts Snatch & Kittie (2006), Meet Toni (2006), Schwitze (2008), Blitz und Donner, Windgefauch (2009), and Ich bin’s. Helmut (2009).
Genre Comedy, Tragicomedy
Category Short
Year of Production 2009
Director Nicolas Steiner
Screenplay Nicolas Steiner, Stefanie Ren
Cinematography Clemens Baumeister
Jan Anderegg, Nicolas Steiner
Cast Andreas Herzog, Matthias Zelic, Suly Roethlisberger
Producers Nicolas Steiner, Anna-Luise Dietzel
Production Company Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Length 11 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German/Swiss German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Winterthur 2009, Dresden 2010, Vienna Independent Shorts 2010, Tel Aviv Student Film Festival 2010, Huesca 2010, Palm Springs 2010, Expresion en Corto 2010, São Paulo Short Film Festival 2010, Milan 2010, Hamptons 2010, Molodist Kiev 2010, Cinéma Tout Ecran Geneva 2010, Encounters Bristol 2010, Clermont-Ferrand 2011 (International Competition), Short Shorts Tokyo 2011, International Short Film Festival Sao Paulo 2011, CWC Worldwide Short Film Festival Toronto 2012, Molodist Kyiv 2012, Short Shorts Tokyo 2013, Encounters Bristol 2013, Drama 2013, Riga 2015
Awards Best Swiss Film Winterthur 2009, Minister of Fine Arts Promotion Prize Dresden 2010, Premio Aprile (Milan 2010), Best Student Film Molodist Kiev 2010, Grand Prix Best Short Tokyo 2011

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