FOX IN A HOLE

A film by Arman T. Riahi
Drama  |  103 min  |  AUT  |  2020

SYNOPSIS

When Fuchs starts his new job as a teacher in a prison school, replacing the old and unconventional teacher Berger against her will, he is forced to confront his biggest fear, triggered by the mysterious, withdrawn inmate Samira.

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FESTIVALS (SELECTION)

INTERNATIONAL WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL 2020                
OFFICIAL COMPETITION

MAX OPHÜLS PREIS 2021                                          OFFICIAL COMPETITION

DIAGONALE`21                                                          OPENING FILM OF THE FESTIVAL

INTERNATIONAL WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL 2020                
OFFICIAL COMPETITION

MAX OPHÜLS PREIS 2021                                        OFFICIAL COMPETITION

DIAGONALE`21                                                          OPENING FILM OF THE FESTIVAL

AWARDS (SELECTION)
MAX OPHÜLS PREIS 2021
Best Director
(AWARDED BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF SAARLAND)
Best Screenplay 
(FRITZ-RAFF-SCREENPLAY AWARD)
Youth Jury Award
QUOTES

»THE BEST FILM OF THE FESTIVAL SO FAR.
The youth section of a prison: young people from different backgrounds and beliefs who have lost their way, an old teacher who eats something from the inside, a new teacher who runs away from the past.

Everyone has their stories, slips, traumas, anger, regret, aggression, a glimmer of hope, helplessness, devotion. But all holy times there is this beautiful moment when they manage to get rid of the algae that are wrapped around their ankles. That one moment when they are free and happy, when they feel warmth and allow themselves to be together and not apart. Very good, moving, attentive.« – IN CELLULOID WE TRUST

»Riahi takes a razor-sharp look at the situation and the problems in the penal system, especially in dealing with the youth. The film comes across as unembellished, with catchy dialogue and a good portion of black humour, and convinces with a strong cast.« – SAARBRÜCKER ZEITUNG

»(...) a precisely acted and directed, smart drama that is as bitter as it is hopeful and full of emotional force that sticks with you for a long time.«  – KINO ZEIT

»"Fox in a Hole" stands in the tradition of a positive pedagogy, (...) Riahi, however, does not let himself be irritated by role models, but finds his very own tone. The great Aleksandar Petrović in the leading role makes it clear that the divide between teacher and pupils is barely there.«   
– FAZ

»(...) a great performance of the director.« – NEUES DEUTSCHLAND

INFO

RUNNING TIME – 103 minutes
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE – German
LOCATIONS – AUT
SUBTITLES – German, English
SHOOTING FORMAT - 4:3 ANAMORPH

SCREENING FORMAT – DCP
SOUND FORMAT – Dolby Digital 5.1
ASPECT RATIO – 2.39:1
FRAMES/SEC – 24

CREW

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

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

Aleksandar Petrović
Maria Hofstätter
Luna Jordan
Andreas Lust
Sibel Kekilli
Karl Fischer
Lukas Watzl
Michaela Schausberger
Anica Dobra
Faris Rahoma
Ljubiša Grujčić
and others

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