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SFFILM Festival


Directed by Elisabeth Scharang

Austria | Fiction | 100

26 Apr
Fri, Apr 26 at 8:15 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Elisabeth Scharang and sound recordist William Franck are expected to attend


In Elizabeth Scharang’s evocative drama, a journalist from Vienna retreats to her childhood village and her late grandparents’ barely habitable home as she copes with the trauma of witnessing a terrible crime. Marian (Brigittle Hobmeier) finds peace in the surrounding woods but it is not a comfortable homecoming — the townspeople resent her for critical articles she’s written and her best friends Gerti (Gerti Drassi) and Franz (Johannes Krisch) still feel the sting of being left behind. Marian has more to heal than just her wounded psyche as she recalls the tight bonds of her youth and attempts to mend broken relationships. Hobmeier delivers a nuanced performance as a woman shut down by the violence she experienced who gradually learns to embrace life again — not through the isolation she originally sought but by reaching for human connection.

Director Elisabeth Scharang

Elisabeth Scharang worked as a journalist and in radio before becoming a maker of both documentary and narrative films. Her nonfiction work includes Normale Zeiten (2001), Octopus Alarm (2006), My Dear Republic (2007), and Kick Out Your Boss (2014). Among her narrative features are In Another Lifetime (2011) and Jack (2015).

Film Details

Language German, English, Romanian

Original Language Title Wald

Year 2023

Premiere California

Runtime 100

Country Austria

Director Elisabeth Scharang

Executive Producer Michael Katz, Veit Heiduschka

Producer Ulrike Laesser

Writer Elisabeth Scharang

Editor Alarich Lenz

Cinematographer Jörg Widmer

Music Hania Rani

Cast Brigitte Hobmeier, Gerti Drassl, Bodgan Dumitrache, Johannes Krisch

Closed Captions Closed Captions are not yet confirmed for this program

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not yet confirmed for this program

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently scheduled for this film