Return of the Thumb

Coach Steve, a worn down thumb wrestling coach wants to make his comeback at the Austrian thumb wrestling championship. He recruits Lukas Niedevsky, a retired thumb wrestling champion to stand up to his nemesis King Gustl and to fight the odds of complete destruction.

  • Florian Convey
    Director
  • Florian Convey
    Writer
  • Florian Convey
    Producer
  • Markus Giefing
    Key Cast
    "Coach Steve"
  • Verena Leitner
    Key Cast
    "Hilde"
  • Peter White
    Key Cast
    "Klaus"
  • Florian Convey
    Key Cast
    "Lukas Niedevsky"
  • Alexander Linhardt
    Key Cast
    "King Gustl"
  • Thomas Burianek
    Key Cast
    "Cyborg"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Die Rückkehr des Daumens
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 34 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 10, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Austria
  • Country of Filming:
    Austria
  • Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 52. Internationale Hofer Filmtage
    Hof
    Germany
  • 8th Winter Film Awards International Film Festival
    New York
    Nominated for Best Picture
  • 4th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF THE CARIBBEAN SEA
  • SOUTH EUROPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - FUSION ISFF
    Valencia
  • NORTH EUROPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - FUSION ISFF
    London
  • HOBOKEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • HONG KONG FILM ART INT'L FILM FESTIVAL
  • FILMFEST BREMEN
Director Biography - Florian Convey

Born in 1981 in Vienna, Austria, Flo Convey started stage acting at a young age. After his graduation, he took acting classes at the film school Vienna. As a result he played various roles at many different theatres all over Austria.
As a film fan, the interest in directing grew more and more over the years. In 2012 he made his bachelor in media-technology to acquire the technical know-how. After internships in Los Angeles and Munich he started working for a big TV commercial production company, first as editor, later as director. After a couple of short films, „Return of the thumb“ is his first feature film.

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Director Statement

As a big sports fan, I got inspired by the classic old sport movies, like Rocky, Over the Top or Bloodsport, which I grew up with. So I always wanted to make a movie about sports. Since I didn't want to miss out on the comedic part, I reinvented Thumb wrestling as a full contact sport. Originally thumb wrestling is a child's game, but we tried to toughen it up, and put some blood, sweat and tears into it.
We developed different fighting styles and moves, also very unique training methods.

The idea was born in 2012, when I made a short film, called „Thumb of the Tiger“, which was a college project. That's when I fell in love with thumb wrestling and alle possibilities it contains.
I was also able to use some footage of the shortfilm for the feature. I used it as Archive material, which worked out really well.