BESTER MANN

synopsis

Being bullied is an everyday experience for shy teenager Kevin. Until one day, a stranger on a motorbike comes to his rescue. Kevin is immediately taken in by the much older Bennie, who presents himself as a talent scout working out of a nearby cottage, where he takes professional photos of his proteges. Flattered by the attention, Kevin asks for a photo shooting, but the session goes somewhat beyond what he expected. Afraid to disappoint Bennie, thus losing the budding friendship, and intoxicated by the attention he is shown, Kevin is willing to go along with anything Bennie says.  Caught up in the headiness of belonging, Kevin fails to pay attention to the truth hidden behind Bennie’s polished facade.

BESTER MANN (“Main Man”) is a story about the vulnerability of youth, as well as a dissection of the murky criminal motives behind a purported ideology. A tale of the seductive power of intimacy – as disturbing as it is common place.

director

Florian Forsch

Florian Forsch was born in Moers, Germany. He trained as a photographer, received his Certificate of apprenticeship in 2005 and has since worked professionally as a photographer, currently specialising in photographing interiors. In 2010 Forsch graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication from the Academie Beeldende Kunsten, Maastricht, and went on to gain practical knowledge through an internship with Rosa von Praunheim Filmproduktion in Berlin.

Between 2008 and 2014 Forsch worked on a number of film projects as writer, director, actor, and assistant director. Notable projects include Wir Lieben Alltag, Cruising, and European Requiem. Bester Mann, is his graduate film at Academy for Media Arts in Cologne.

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Dino Osmanovic

Dino Osmanovic was born in Dodoj,Bosnia, but grew up in Austria from the age of 7. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in multimedia studies at the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg, which included an exchange semester at the Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Having gained practical experience through a number of internships, Osmanovic began his studies in camera at the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film in Münich. In the last few years, he has worked on several projects as director of photography and chief lighting technician. His film Fou de toi, was shown at the Cannes Film Festival, in the Short Film Corner.

PRODUCER

Philipp Fussenegger

Fussenegger is an Austrian screenwriter, director and producer. 2010 he successfully finished his Bachelor of Arts in directing in Salzburg. Then he studied at the Cologne Academy of Media Arts, where he shot his highly acclaimed diploma film “Henry”. He received the FIRST STEPS Award 2016 and was nominated for the Austrian Film Award 2017.
In 2016 he wrote the comedy TV series “Die Schilehrer” and directed the pilot “Geld spielt keine Rolex”, which currently can be seen on Amazon-Prime.
He also directed numerous short films.
Fussenegger achieved his first success as a producer with the medium-length diploma feature “Best Man”. “Best Man” was most recently awarded the Max-Ophül-Prize 2018 for Best Medium Length Film and was also nominated for the Austrian Film Prize 2019. Philipp Fussenegger is a member of the German Film Academy and the GABA Film Initiative LA.

cast

KEVINAdrian Grünewald
BENNIEFrederik Schmid
THOMASThomas Bartholomäus
DAVIDJarl Lando Beger
MILANYuri Völsch
AXELAlexander Steindor
PASCALDavid Rothe

crew

DIRECTORFlorian Forsch
SCREENPLAYFlorian Forsch
PRODUCERPhilipp Fussenegger
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERMichael Steinwand
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHYDino Osmanovic
EDITORJudy Landkammer
LINE PRODUCERMichael Steinwand
REGIE ASSISTENTLukas Hablitzel
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Felix Groefler
1. KAMERAASSISTENZ Benjamin Schmid
2. KAMERAASSISTENZ , DITRebecca Ohlenburg
OBERBELEUCHTER Vitali Kirsch
BELEUCHTERIN Zoe Manta
SZENENBILD Bohdan Wozniak
SZENENBILD ASSISTENZ Andreas Wittmann
SET-TON Anna Mönnich
MAKING OF Andreas Wittmann
MASKE, SFX, GARDEROBE AlexandRE Costa
KOSTÜMSujmo Akcali
PRODUKTIONSLEITUNGMichael Steinwand
HERSTELLUNGSLEITUNGLinda Moritz
PRODUKTIONSASSISTENZMarion Eisenmann
SCRIPT CONSULTINGZazou Röver
ACTOR CONSULTINGSusanna Weber
SOUNDDESIGNMoritz Kerschbaumer
MISCHUNG Ralf Schipke
VFXTalha Rana
COLOR- GRADING Fabiana Caralda
MASTERINGEwald Henze
CATERINGInga Benti

details

TITELBESTER MANN
RUNNING TIME45min
SHOOTING FORMAT2K , Arri Alexa
ASPECT RATIO16:9 / COLOR
SOUND5.1
GENREDRAMA
FUNDING
Vorarlberger Landesregierung
Kultur Land Kärnten
VEREIN ZARTBITTER e.V.
CROWDFUNDING

AWARDS+FESTIVALS

BESTER MITTELLANGER FILMFilmfestival Max Ophüls Preis (Saarbrücken)Januar 21. - 27. 2018
*NOMINATION*18th DIAGONALE – FESTIVAL OF AUSTRIAN FILM (Shorts Film Competition, Graz, Austria)MARCH 14, 2018
21st PINK APPLE FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Zürich, Switzerland)MAY 2, 2018
2nd THE BUDDHA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)JUNE 9, 2018
1st LGBTQ COMING OF AGE SHORT FILMS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Paris, France) 29.09.2018SEPTEMBER 29, 2018
1st LGBTQ COMING OF AGE SHORT FILMS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, San Francisco, CA, USA)SEPTEMBER 29, 2018
3rd CUZCO UNDERGROUND CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cuzco, Peru)OCTOBER 3, 2018
9th FICAIJ FESTIVAL AUDIOVISUAL INFANTIL Y JUVENIL (Official Selection, Mérida, Venezuela)OCTOBER 21, 2018
4th SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS SJIFA (Official Selection, San José, San José, Costa Rica)OCTOBER 24, 2018
40th BIBERACHER FILMFESTSPIELE (Official Selection, Biberach an der Riß, Germany)OCTOBER 30, 2018
4th BAHIA INDEPENDENT CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bahia, Brazil)NOVEMBER 1, 2018
29th FILMFESTIVAL COTTBUS (Competition Youthfilm, Cottbus, Germany)NOVEMBER 5, 2018
3rd CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)NOVEMBER 1, 2018
*NOMINATION*9th AUSTRIAN FILM AWARD (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)JANUARY 30, 2019
4th BAYAMON INT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bayamón, Puerto Rico)JANUARY 30, 2019
LONDON LGBTQ+ FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)MARCH 21, 2019
48th SEHSÜCHTE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Competition, Potsdam, Germany)APRIL 24, 2019
*BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM*4th INCA IMPERIAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lima, Peru)MAY 16, 2019
*BEST ACTOR FREDERIK SCHMID*THE BIG SHORTS - THE 10 BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR 2018 (Official Selection, Saarbrücken, Germany)MAY 30, 2019
1st WEST EUROPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - FUSION ISFF (Official Selection, Brussels, Belgium)AUGUST 17, 2019

contact

PRODUCTION COMPANYFUNFAIRFILMS
Radetzkystr. 21,
6850 Dornbirn, Austria

office@funfairfilms.com
www.fffyeah.com

FILMSCHOOLKHM, Kunsthochschule für Medien,
Köln
Peter-Welter-Platz 2
50676 Köln, Germany

+49 (0) 221 - 20189206
festivalbuero@khm.de
www.khm.de
DISTRIBUTIONSalzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH
Prinzessinnenstraße 29
10969 Berlin, Germany

+49 30 285 290 90

info@salzgeber.de
www.salzgeber.de

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