A young man locks himself up in a high-rise complex, increasingly losing himself in a microcosm.

  • Jan Liesefeld
  • Magdalena Fabry
  • Jan Liesefeld
  • Jan Liesefeld
  • Magdalena Fabry
  • Michael Güzelbey
    Key Cast
    "young man"
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 13, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    300 EUR
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    Digital 4k
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Director Biography - Jan Liesefeld

Jan Liesefeld, born 19.11.1983 studied audiovisual media at the academy of media arts in cologne, germany. Since 2009 he is working as a director, editor and composer for national TV, advertisment and in self-produced projects. Since 2016 he is film lecturer at the Akademie für Mode und Design.

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Director Statement

Magdalena Fabry had the original idea, to create a short movie, that thematises the Hikikomori phenomenon. Based on this idea we wanted to tell the story of a young human being who locks himself inside his flat for no apparent reason. I know several persons who did this once in their lifetime, or at least seriously thought about doing it, so I felt like there is a certain universality to the theme, like a feeling everybody knows. On the other hand, there is this contradiction to the common digital selfexposure in social networks, and the „real“ lives of those people. So instead of staging a german Hikikomori case, we decided to workout this difference between the inside and the outside world of a totally normal person, who struggles with brining both worlds back together again.