Tomcat
Tomcat

Winner of the prestigious Teddy Award at Berlin Film Festival. Stefan (Lukas Turtur) and Andreas (Philipp Hochmair) live the adult hipster dream in Vienna – beautiful house, mid-century furniture, arts careers for an orchestra, plenty of lovely produce from the garden, and a very adorable cat called Moses. They're surrounded by music, blissfully in love, have a great sex life, and enjoy clothing-optional domestic bliss (both actors are very comfortable getting their gear off).

However, one almost unthinkable event occurs, and disrupts their languid idyll, threatening the very bedrock of their relationship. Things change for the pair, and from here on in, their happily-ever-after existence comes into question. Writer-director Händl Klaus cleverly uses this one violent act to show how it only takes a moment to see someone in a different light, creating tension for the audience as well as the characters.

Credit has to go to the lead actors who throw themselves into their roles with gusto and make Stefan and Andreas's world very real. Named Best Feature Film at the 2016 Teddy Awards, Tomcat is a beautifully shot, meditative film which explores the knife-edge balance in relationships and the reality of forgiveness.

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"And so, bolstered by the highly shrewd performances of his actors, Lukas Turtur and Philipp Hochmair, with Tomcat, Klaus deals two tours de force... Klaus puts his finger on one of the most disturbing phenomena that can affect human relationships: the fact that a single word or gesture by a person that gives their loved one a glimpse of a seemingly total stranger can instantly shatter the strongest feelings, and that all the will in the world can't do anything to smooth over the cracks." – Cineuropa

"Turtur and Hochmair have a boundlessly energetic chemistry." – Variety

"Klaus has created a psychological and intimate film... It is a very quiet movie, observing intensively." – Berlin Film Journal

Filmmaker guest: actor Philipp Hochmair

Contains a scene of disturbing violence

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Classification: Over 15
Runtime: 114 mins
Year: 2016
Director: Händl Klaus
Producer: Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner
Country: Austria
Language: German with English subtitles
Cast: Lukas Turtur, Philipp Hochmair, Toni, Thomas Stipsits
Company Credits: World Sales: Films Distribution
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