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KAFKA'S THE BURROW (KAFKAS DER BAU)

KAFKA'S THE BURROW
photo © Mephisto Film/Egon Werdin

KAFKA‘S THE BURROW is based on the unfinished novel of the same name by Franz Kafka, which has never previously been adapted for film. It tells the story of a man in his prime who, having seemingly achieved everything, has entrenched himself in his burrow, a fortress-like apartment complex. But no matter how hard he tries to ignore it, there it is: the world outside. Surveillance cameras should ensure his safety and security, but the nightmare outside can‘t be stopped: they know he is there, they want him, they want his wealth... and they are on their way.

KAFKA‘S THE BURROW is a film about isolation and dissociation, fear, and loneliness in our time.


Jochen Alexander Freydank was born in 1967 in East Berlin. He started his career in the early 90s as an editor and assistant director for various television and film productions. In 1999, after five rejections from film schools in Berlin and Potsdam, he decided to set up his own film production company, Mephisto Film. His first short film was the macabre comedy HAPPY END, followed by the short film EMERGENCY. In 2002, he made the satiric short film DUTY, which had its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival and was subsequently shown at more than 40 other international festivals. Freydank then directed, co-wrote and produced the short film TOYLAND, which was screened around the world at numerous film festivals and won more than 30 international awards. In February 2009, TOYLAND won the Oscar® for Best Live-Action Short Film. Parallel to his work as a short film director, Freydank also wrote screenplays for several TV movies and series, and directed commercials, stage plays and two TV movies. KAFKA'S THE BURROW is his feature film debut.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Jochen Alexander Freydank
Screenplay Jochen Alexander Freydank
Cinematography Egon Werdin
Cast Axel Prahl, Josef Hader, Kristina Klebe, Robert Stadlober, Roeland Wiesnekker, Devid Striesow, Fritz Roth, Erwin Leder
Producer Jochen Alexander Freydank
Production Company Mephisto Film/Berlin
Length 110 min
Format DCP, color, 1:2.39
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Busan 2014, Warsaw 2014, Edinburgh 2015
With backing from German Federal Film Fund, Nordmedia, Saar Medien
German Distributor Neue Visionen Filmverleih/Berlin

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