EISMAYER

A film by David Wagner
Drama  |  87 min  |  AUT  |  2022

SYNOPSIS
SYNOPSIS
SYNOPSIS

Sergeant Major Eismayer, the toughest training officer in the Austrian Armed Forces, has a secret he carefully hides from public view: he is homosexual. When he falls in love with a recruit, his artificial heteronormative existence is shaken to the core. To a man like Eismayer, a gay relationship cannot be reconciled with the traditional understanding of what a soldier should be. Will he preserve his image of a tough-as-nails man’s man or follow his heart? Is there some way to do both? Based on real events.

Sergeant Major Eismayer, the toughest training officer in the Austrian Armed Forces, has a secret he carefully hides from public view: he is homosexual. When he falls in love with a recruit, his artificial heteronormative existence is shaken to the core. To a man like Eismayer, a gay relationship cannot be reconciled with the traditional understanding of what a soldier should be. Will he preserve his image of a tough-as-nails man’s man or follow his heart? Is there some way to do both? Based on real events.

Sergeant Major Eismayer, the toughest training officer in the Austrian Armed Forces, has a secret he carefully hides from public view: he is homosexual. When he falls in love with a recruit, his artificial heteronormative existence is shaken to the core. To a man like Eismayer, a gay relationship cannot be reconciled with the traditional understanding of what a soldier should be. Will he preserve his image of a tough-as-nails man’s man or follow his heart? Is there some way to do both? Based on real events.

WORLD SALES
WORLD SALES
WORLD SALES
DISTRIBUTION
DISTRIBUTION
DISTRIBUTION
LINKS
LINKS
LINKS
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

VENICE INT. FILM CRITCS' WEEK 2022
IWOLDERFULL Grand Prize
Silver Ship for the best One True Pairing assigned to a couple of characters

Nominated for Queer Lion


FESTIVALS

VENICE INT. FILM CRITICS' WEEK 2022
World Premiere

ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL 2022
Fokus Competition

REYKJAVIK INT. FILM FESTIVAL 2022
New Visions Competition

 

 

VENICE INT. FILM CRITCS' WEEK 2022
IWOLDERFULL Grand Prize
Silver Ship for the best One True Pairing assigned to a couple of characters

Nominated for Queer Lion


FESTIVALS

VENICE INT. FILM CRITICS' WEEK 2022
World Premiere

ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL 2022
Fokus Competition

REYKJAVIK INT. FILM FESTIVAL 2022
New Visions Competition

 

 

VENICE INT. FILM CRITCS' WEEK 2022
IWOLDERFULL Grand Prize
Silver Ship for the best One True Pairing assigned to a couple of characters

Nominated for Queer Lion


FESTIVALS

VENICE INT. FILM CRITICS' WEEK 2022
World Premiere

ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL 2022
Fokus Competition

REYKJAVIK INT. FILM FESTIVAL 2022
New Visions Competition

 

 




QUOTES

QUOTES

QUOTES

»Gerhard Liebmann gives a full-throttle performance as Eismayer (…) Wagner takes a reserved approach to potentially heart-tugging developments. There is an air of confidence and composure in the film. (…) Beautifully underplayed, removing the sting of melodrama and all the more moving for it.« – SCREEN DAILY

»A Genre-Defying Boot Camp Drama With A Career-Making Performance From Gerhard Liebmann. (…) The film is harrowing and captivating all at once, vacillating between the beautiful and the grotesque from moment to moment. (…) In between spit-laced tirades, the actor conveys micro-doses of doubt and hesitation that betray the character’s legendarily brutal exterior, and it’s here where the story truly unfolds and tells the audience everything they need to know about this man. Anyone on the lookout for an untapped acting resource should take note of Liebmann’s performance. (…) A minimalist masterpiece with clean narrative lines and striking visual economy.« – THE PLAYLIST

»Liebmann excels (…), breathing life into a very raw, often brutal, drill sergeant who nevertheless never truly loses his humanity (…) Dimić has just as much fun with Mario, crafting him as a dynamic whirlwind who never truly crumbles, but has yet to learn some humility. (…) Wagner understands how to pair these more emotional moments with some light humour, and delivers an impressively compact and focused debut that promises more to come.« – CINEUROPA

»A provocative character driven drama based on real life (…) Liebmann gives a compelling performance in the central role. (…) Manages its tonal shift from austerity to an unexpectedly bracing denouement that is both thrilling and upbeat.« – FILMUFORIA

»Well-paced and handsomely shot (…) An impressive debut on the back of two strong central performances. (…) In terms of artistic merit Serafin Spitzer’s cinematography has to be singled out. His clever use of light and shadow in particular makes the intimate scenes lusciously erotic, and the visual language around both lead characters as they gradually become closer encapsulates their tentative dancing around each other.
Eismayer is an uplifting tale (…) With this debut Wagner shows a talent for gradually letting a story unfold, making Eismayer an engaging and quite simply damn romantic film.« 
– INTERNATIONAL CINEPHILE SOCIETY

»A brilliant film, combining an unbelievable, important true story that feels like a modern fairytale with the complex character study of a man who only discovers that it’s ok to be who he is when he sees himself in the eyes of the people around him. (…) An incredibly moving story, but it’s also filled with irony, and you’ll find yourself giggling several times. It’s also a highly enjoyable, effortless watch that’s both beautifully intimate and fiercely potent, led by superb performances from Gerhard Liebmann and Luka Dimić and impressive talent behind the camera. If you only watch one film at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, let it be David Wagner’s Eismayer. This poignant story of acceptance is a highly enjoyable, meaningful watch, and you won’t be able to stop thinking about it.« – LOUD AND CLEAR


»Gerhard Liebmann gives a full-throttle performance as Eismayer (…) Wagner takes a reserved approach to potentially heart-tugging developments. There is an air of confidence and composure in the film. (…) Beautifully underplayed, removing the sting of melodrama and all the more moving for it.« – SCREEN DAILY

»A Genre-Defying Boot Camp Drama With A Career-Making Performance From Gerhard Liebmann. (…) The film is harrowing and captivating all at once, vacillating between the beautiful and the grotesque from moment to moment. (…) In between spit-laced tirades, the actor conveys micro-doses of doubt and hesitation that betray the character’s legendarily brutal exterior, and it’s here where the story truly unfolds and tells the audience everything they need to know about this man. Anyone on the lookout for an untapped acting resource should take note of Liebmann’s performance. (…) A minimalist masterpiece with clean narrative lines and striking visual economy.« – THE PLAYLIST

»Liebmann excels (…), breathing life into a very raw, often brutal, drill sergeant who nevertheless never truly loses his humanity (…) Dimić has just as much fun with Mario, crafting him as a dynamic whirlwind who never truly crumbles, but has yet to learn some humility. (…) Wagner understands how to pair these more emotional moments with some light humour, and delivers an impressively compact and focused debut that promises more to come.« – CINEUROPA

»A provocative character driven drama based on real life (…) Liebmann gives a compelling performance in the central role. (…) Manages its tonal shift from austerity to an unexpectedly bracing denouement that is both thrilling and upbeat.« – FILMUFORIA

»Well-paced and handsomely shot (…) An impressive debut on the back of two strong central performances. (…) In terms of artistic merit Serafin Spitzer’s cinematography has to be singled out. His clever use of light and shadow in particular makes the intimate scenes lusciously erotic, and the visual language around both lead characters as they gradually become closer encapsulates their tentative dancing around each other.
Eismayer is an uplifting tale (…) With this debut Wagner shows a talent for gradually letting a story unfold, making Eismayer an engaging and quite simply damn romantic film.« 
– INTERNATIONAL CINEPHILE SOCIETY

»A brilliant film, combining an unbelievable, important true story that feels like a modern fairytale with the complex character study of a man who only discovers that it’s ok to be who he is when he sees himself in the eyes of the people around him. (…) An incredibly moving story, but it’s also filled with irony, and you’ll find yourself giggling several times. It’s also a highly enjoyable, effortless watch that’s both beautifully intimate and fiercely potent, led by superb performances from Gerhard Liebmann and Luka Dimić and impressive talent behind the camera. If you only watch one film at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, let it be David Wagner’s Eismayer. This poignant story of acceptance is a highly enjoyable, meaningful watch, and you won’t be able to stop thinking about it.« – LOUD AND CLEAR


»Gerhard Liebmann gives a full-throttle performance as Eismayer (…) Wagner takes a reserved approach to potentially heart-tugging developments. There is an air of confidence and composure in the film. (…) Beautifully underplayed, removing the sting of melodrama and all the more moving for it.« – SCREEN DAILY

»A Genre-Defying Boot Camp Drama With A Career-Making Performance From Gerhard Liebmann. (…) The film is harrowing and captivating all at once, vacillating between the beautiful and the grotesque from moment to moment. (…) In between spit-laced tirades, the actor conveys micro-doses of doubt and hesitation that betray the character’s legendarily brutal exterior, and it’s here where the story truly unfolds and tells the audience everything they need to know about this man. Anyone on the lookout for an untapped acting resource should take note of Liebmann’s performance. (…) A minimalist masterpiece with clean narrative lines and striking visual economy.« – THE PLAYLIST

»Liebmann excels (…), breathing life into a very raw, often brutal, drill sergeant who nevertheless never truly loses his humanity (…) Dimić has just as much fun with Mario, crafting him as a dynamic whirlwind who never truly crumbles, but has yet to learn some humility. (…) Wagner understands how to pair these more emotional moments with some light humour, and delivers an impressively compact and focused debut that promises more to come.« – CINEUROPA

»A provocative character driven drama based on real life (…) Liebmann gives a compelling performance in the central role. (…) Manages its tonal shift from austerity to an unexpectedly bracing denouement that is both thrilling and upbeat.« – FILMUFORIA

»Well-paced and handsomely shot (…) An impressive debut on the back of two strong central performances. (…) In terms of artistic merit Serafin Spitzer’s cinematography has to be singled out. His clever use of light and shadow in particular makes the intimate scenes lusciously erotic, and the visual language around both lead characters as they gradually become closer encapsulates their tentative dancing around each other.
Eismayer is an uplifting tale (…) With this debut Wagner shows a talent for gradually letting a story unfold, making Eismayer an engaging and quite simply damn romantic film.« 
– INTERNATIONAL CINEPHILE SOCIETY

»A brilliant film, combining an unbelievable, important true story that feels like a modern fairytale with the complex character study of a man who only discovers that it’s ok to be who he is when he sees himself in the eyes of the people around him. (…) An incredibly moving story, but it’s also filled with irony, and you’ll find yourself giggling several times. It’s also a highly enjoyable, effortless watch that’s both beautifully intimate and fiercely potent, led by superb performances from Gerhard Liebmann and Luka Dimić and impressive talent behind the camera. If you only watch one film at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, let it be David Wagner’s Eismayer. This poignant story of acceptance is a highly enjoyable, meaningful watch, and you won’t be able to stop thinking about it.« – LOUD AND CLEAR


INFO

RUNNING TIME – 87 minutes
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE – German
LOCATIONS – AUT
SUBTITLES – German, English, Italian

SCREENING FORMAT – DCP Flat
SOUND FORMAT – Dolby Digital 5.1
ASPECT RATIO – 1.85:1
FRAMES/SEC – 24

CREW

DIRECTOR & SCREENPLAY                     
David Wagner

CINEMATOGRAPHY                   
Serafin Spitzer

PRODUCTION DESIGN               
Thiare Galleguillos, Raphael Caric

SOUND                                             
Claus Benischke-Lang

EDITING
Stephan Bechinger

MUSIC                                           
LYLIT

COSTUME DESIGN                       
Monika Buttinger

MAKE-UP                                       
Julika Leiendecker, Nora Conradi

CASTING
Nicole Schmied

PRODUCTION MANAGER                        
Christine Schwarzinger

PRODUCERS                                    
Arash T. Riahi & Sabine Gruber

DIRECTOR & SCREENPLAY                     
Arman T. Riahi

CINEMATOGRAPHY                   
Mario Minichmayr

PRODUCTION DESIGN               
Martin Reiter

SOUND                                             
Atanas Tcholakov

EDITING                                                        
Karina Ressler

ADDITIONAL EDITING
Joana Scrinzi

SCORE                                             
Karwan Marouf

COSTUME DESIGN                       
Monika Buttinger

MAKE-UP                                       
Birgit Beranek

CASTING                                                       
Nicole Schmied

PRODUCTION MANAGER                        
Christine Schwarzinger

PRODUCER                                    
Arash T. Riahi & Karin C. Berger

CAST

Gerhard Liebmann
Luka Dimić
Julia Koschitz
Anton Noori
Christopher Schärf
Karl Fischer
Lion Tatzber

PARTNERS

filmfonds  
filmfonds 
   austrian film institute    
filmfonds
ZDF/ARTE

 

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