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ON THE LINE (AUF DER STRECKE)

ON THE LINE
Scene from ON THE LINE (photo © KHM/Reto Caffi)

A department store security guard is secretly in love with a clerk in the store's bookshop. He secretly watches her on the video monitoring system and follows her after work. When he witnesses a seeming rival being attacked in the train, he gets off instead of helping him. Torn by guilt, the security guard's life breaks down.


Reto Caffi was born in 1971 in Zurich. After studied in English Literature and Journalism at the University of Fribourg, he worked as a film journalist for print, radio and television. He then studied at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne from 2004-2007, graduating with On the Line (Auf der Strecke). He is also active as a scriptwriter and his other short films have won over 30 awards at international festivals.
Genre Drama, Love Story
Category Short
Year of Production 2007
Director Reto Caffi
Screenplay Philippe Zweifel, Reto Caffi
Cinematography Piotr Rosolowski
Thomas Bachmann
Oli Kuster, Daniel Jakob, Ivo Ubezio
Cast Roland Bonjour, Julie Braeuning, Hanspeter Bader, Leonardo Nigro, Catherine Janke, Roeland Wiesnekker, André Meyer
Producer Ute Dilger
Production Company Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM)
Length 30 min
Format Super 16, color
Original Version
 German/Swiss German
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2007 (In Competition), Hof 2007, Luenen 2007 (In Competition), Clermont-Ferrand 2008 (In Competition), Solothurn 2008 (In Competition), Cracow 2008, Locarno 2008, Seattle 2008, Cambridge 2008, Sapporo 2008, Cork 2008, London 2008, Uppsala 2008, Clermont-Ferrand 2011, Rencontres Henri Langlois Poitiers 2011; CWC Worldwide Short Film Festival Toronto 2012, Festival du Cinéma de Brive 2014, Clermont-Ferrand 2018
Awards Audience Award Luenen 2007, Swiss Film Award 2008, Grand Prix Clermont-Ferrand 2008, Student Academy Award 2008, Student Jury Award Cracow 2008, Grand Prix Sapporo 2008, Flickerfest Sydney 2009
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Zuercher Filmstiftung, Berner Filmstiftung, Filmbuero Bremen, Migros Kulturprozent

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