Mauthaus

When mental illness manifests itself in physical pain, a young woman's death wish comes true. Wandering in the pre-death antichamber, her soul encounters another dead one who already knows the rules of this toll house (from old German "Maut"). By activating echoes of physical senses they find her "skinsack" but the abandoned body is not ready to give up.

  • Betty Kaplan
    Director
    A Youtuber and a Demon
  • Betty Kaplan
    Writer
    A Youtuber and a Demon
  • Betty Kaplan
    Producer
    A Youtuber and a Demon
  • Lena Castrup
    Key Cast
    "Body and Soul"
  • Betty Kaplan
    Key Cast
    "Dead One"
  • Robin Hoffman
    Key Cast
    "The Onliest Boyfriend"
  • Raphael Federer
    Cinematography
    A Youtuber and a Demon
  • Husain Abul
    Sound Design
    A Youtuber and a Demon
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 22, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Braw
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No

  • Independent Shorts Awards Competition
    Platinum Award for Best Fantasy Short

  • LA Indie Film Fest
    Official Selection
  • We Make Movies International Film Festival

    October 11, 2022
  • City of Angels Women Film Festival

    September 5, 2022
Director Biography - Betty Kaplan

Betty Kaplan is a professional actor and amateur writer, director and editor.

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Director Statement

A personal story about illness and healing that I heard from my lead actress became a poetic movie with an eerie athmosphere.

The floating long shots and the otherworldly soundscape are designed to create a feeling of the soul being guided through disorienting circumstances towards the inevitable (not unlike in video games).