Experiencing Interruptions?

Point of View

"Dive into a REAL - TIME - FAMILY - DRAMA and become the main character."
Karl Krämer is a middle class retired person who has been living with his wife Maria in the countryside of northern Germany for many years. Maria formally was a well-known singer, who, in the peak of her career, fell seriously ill and then unluckily lost her voice. From this moment she has been in a desolate state unable to communicate and forced to battle her inner demons... But for her husband she has remained the glamorous person of former times. He denies to realise the fact, that the success of his wife and the love of their partnership has vanished by the time. Besides life has changed to increasing isolation... Together, Karl and Maria have three grown up children, who are quite different in their character and their way of living. Each of them try to get over their difficult childhood in their own way and through the course of the years they have grown distant to their parents and perhaps to each other. Yet, on the 65th birthday of their father, they all come back to visit him unexpectedly. This family gathering is of course supposed to be a simple birthday reunion, but then it transforms into a series of disturbing, poignant and sometimes comic-like events. The emerging problems of this situation expose the family drowning into unresolved conflicts of the past. Each family member tries to find a solution in different interactions - with a deep desire to heal each other. How can they find the way back to sanity when the own point of view differs from each other in so many aspects...?

  • Otwin Biernat
  • Otwin Biernat
  • Otwin Biernat
  • Knut Kroedel
    Key Cast
  • Maximilian Popp
    Key Cast
  • Uta Krueger
    Key Cast
  • Doris Pigneter
    Key Cast
  • Bodil Strutz
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Im Auge des Betrachters
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 24 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 6, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Jagran Film Festival

    World Premiere
  • Los Angeles CineFest

    Semi finalist
  • Sofia Independent Film Festival
    Bulgarian Premiere
  • Best Film Awards Cluj
    Best Feature Film / Best Experimental Film
  • Lisbon International Film Festival
  • Bucharest Film Awards

    Romanian Premiere
    Best Editor Award
  • Antakya International Film Festival

    Turkish Premiere
    Best Editor Award
  • New York City International Film Festival
  • FICMA Mexico

    Mexican Premiere
    Special Mention Award
  • I FIlmmaker International Film Festival
    Spain Premiere
  • Swindon Independent Film Festival
  • Phnom Penh International Film Festival
  • London International Filmmaker Festival 2018
  • Kino Duel International Film Festival
  • European Cinematography Awards (ECA)

  • Hollywood Screening Film Festival
    Los Angeles
Distribution Information
  • VOD Club
    Country: Austria
    Rights: Video on Demand
  • Prime
    Country: Germany
    Rights: Video on Demand
Director Biography - Otwin Biernat

Otwin was born in Graz, Austria as the second son of the Biernat/Schwarzenegger family. Unlike his famous relative Arnold, Otwin chose a different path within the film industry. He started his foray into theatre and film in Vienna in 2001, where he developed his skills as an all-round artist. Through various national theatre pieces, he evolved from actor, to assistant director, and ultimately director. In 2009, Otwin moved to Berlin to expand his horizons. He joined the Berlin film circle, and in a spur of curiosity, started experimenting with cameras, leading him to discover his true passion - filmography. In 2011, "Codewort Mr. Bean" which he co-directed, acted in, and produced was selected for the Berlinlale International Film Festival. The film garnered 3rd place for "Best Camera" in the 99 Fire Films Awards category. Seeking international experience, Otwin moved to the Middle East in late 2011, where he worked for one of the world biggest TV channels, Aljazeera English. However, the call of filmography and art was too strong, and in 2014, Otwin made his way back to Europe. He then co-produced the movie "Homesick" which had its world premiere at the Berlinale International Film Festival in 2015. Capping off his experience in film and acting over the years, and as a debut to a career in directing, Otwin completed his first feature film "Point of View - Im Auge des Betrachters" in 2017. This movie, was screened and awarded at many festivals around the world. It bears Otwin's filmographic identity. Otwin fuses film, satirical theatre, music, painting and drawing, with unconventional story lines and cinematic techniques, creating a holistic art form that captivates and surprises viewers through engaging points of views.


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Director Statement

The completion of my first feature film Im Auge Des Betrachters (Point of View) is a personal milestone as it is not only the culmination of years of experience in theater and film, but also a fulfillment of a challenge to write, produce, direct, film, edit and sell a film on my own.
Im Auge Des Betrachters captures the essence of my filmographic identity:
• Technique: Running on a low budget of only 10,000 euros, I achieved quality through content and technique rather than special effects. The film is shot from the point of view of one of the characters, and the storyline and shooting was optimized to achieve 80 minutes of real-time material, with no cut visible.
• Style: I combined different art forms (theatrical satire, chanson music and creative cinematic effects) into a film which engages and captures the viewers’ attention via subtle twists. By fusing these different elements, I show that creativity has no borders, and in line with the title of the film, is a matter of perspective and point of view.
• Content: The film touches a topic which everyone can relate to – family and the entailing relationship dynamics and conflicts. Yet the familiar is made unfamiliar through a jolting mix of perspectives and coping mechanisms – from the mundane to the bizarre.
On a personal level, the film was planned to be shot over 8 days but technical issues cut down the shooting time to 4 days. My father passed away within those 4 days, transforming the artistic challenge to the biggest challenge in my life. The emotional rollercoaster that followed almost made me want to stop this project.

Luckily, my father read the film’s script before passing away. He read the storyline with enthusiasm, comparing it with the works of one of his favorite writers - Dostojewski. As a tribute to my father’s memory, I felt duty-bound to overcome the challenges of this film and see it through to completion.