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Lies and Letters (Wie Schnee hinter Glas)

Lies and Letters
Scene from "Lies and Letters" (photo © Helfrid Langhans)

1975. Jonas, ten-years-old, lives in a small provincial town with his mother clara and his sister Marie, age 18. While the two women are doing their every day work, Jonas dreams away in a distant world where he can be close to his father. He keeps on drifting away. One of the few things he knows about his father is that he is a truck driver. And as he misses him endlessly, Jonas decides to call a radio station at night to send his love to his father. That's his way to fell close to him. And there are also the letters he receives, letters that tell stories about foreign countries and the ocean. He knows that one day his father will take him along. But at the same time, he can fell that something is wrong and that tehre must be a reason for his sister's fury. Shortly after his tenth birthday, the well-kept secret of his family collapses - and Jonas' world breaks down. Now it's up to Jonas to take the first step towards his "new" father.


Jakob M. Erwa was born in 1981 in Graz/Austria. After studying Art & Design in Graz in 2000, he worked for several film production companies. In 2001, he realized his first short TRÜBE AUSS!CHTEN and began studies at the Academy of Television & Film in Munich. Also active as a writer, painter, musician, singer, composer, and actor, his other films include: DER KLEINE SCHARFRICHTER (short documentary, 2002), LITTLE PRINCE (MÄRCHENPRINZ, short, 2003), NIGHTSWIMMING (NACHTSCHWIMMER, 2003), LIES AND LETTERS (WIE SCHNEE HINTER GLAS, short, 2004), MIXED TAPES (2004), the music video STEHST DU STILL (2004) for the band Shiver, and CENTER OF MY WORLD (DIE MITTE DER WELT, 2016).
Genre Coming-of-Age Story
Category Short
Year of Production 2004
Director Jakob M. Erwa
Screenplay Jakob M. Erwa, Maggie Peren
Cinematography Astrid Heubrandtner (aac)
Michaela Muellner
Annette Focks
Laura Weiss
Cast Adrian Hilberger, Ulli Jaklitsch, Marion Mitterhammer, Andy Posner, Monica Bleibtreu, Louise Martini, Lotte Tobisch
Producers Rachel Honegger, Jakob M. Erwa
Production Company mojo:pictures/Munich, in co-production with Monsoon Pictures International, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M)
Length 26 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Hof 2004, Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2005
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Cine-Styria, Steiermark Kultur, Wien Kultur, Amt fuer Wirtschafts- & Tourismusentwicklung Graz, Stadtgemeinde Fuerstenfeld, Graz-Kultur, Fachvertretung der Audiovisions- & Filmindustrie Stmk., LandesJungendReferat-Steiermark

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