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The Psycho-Drama DeadZone is about a young woman who literally suffocates on her way to self-discovery.

Protagonist Elisa Richter has low assumptions for the session with her new therapist. Against her expectations, the two develop a connection, revealing her state of mind - will the Therapist be able to free her?

  • Idriss Orfeo Grein
  • Philipp Kolodziej
    Assistant Director
  • Idriss Grein
  • Philipp Kolodziej
  • Sarah Lena Steinemer
    Key Cast
    "Elisa Richter"
  • Meldan Hukeljic
    Key Cast
    "Ben Gattner "
  • Idriss Orfeo Grein
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Arthouse, Psycho-Drama, Experimental, Post-Apocalypse
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 15, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 EUR
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital | S35
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Hochschule RheinMain - MCP
Director Biography - Idriss Orfeo Grein

Idriss Orfeo Grein is a directing DP from Heidelberg. He went to film school, focusing on Cinematography & Conception at the University of Applied Sciences, RheinMain.

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Director Statement

We cherish to elaborate on a topic that mankind deals with on a regular basis and finally gets more considered important for the social environment - Mental Health.

Who are the people behind the faces that we trust and confide in? On the surface, these individuals appear sublime or even emotionally flawless. But it's clear that they too have stories that influence their decisions, and thus us as well.

As a response to classic linear cinema, the film couples a dystopian setting with a psychiatrist's conversation for metaphorical contrast.