Status Quo

20 years in the future an implant allows people to skip real sleep. A side effect of this invention is that they don’t dream anymore. In this world Ewan is desperately looking for a way to save his job as a salesman of virtual reality experiences. By accident he rediscovers dreams when he meets a homeless woman named Verena, who is not part of the system. He decides to make a business model out of dreams but playing with the unconscious has its price.

  • Mascha Deikova
    Director
  • Lizzie Dee
    Director
  • Lizzie Dee
    Writer
  • Marie Maitrot
    Producer
  • Farouk El-Khalili
    Key Cast
    "Ewan Lueger"
  • Carla Becker
    Key Cast
    "Verena"
  • Imanuel Thallinger
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Drama
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Austria
  • Country of Filming:
    Austria
  • Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Arri Amira
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Mascha Deikova, Lizzie Dee

MASCHA DEIKOVA (left):
Mascha Deikova was born and raised in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. After finishing her bachelor studies in Radio & TV-journalism she worked for several media companies. But her passion of telling stories and creating new worlds didn’t let her go. So she moved to Austria to become a filmmaker and started doing a master’s degree in MultiMediaArt Film at the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg. STATUS QUO is her graduation project and at the same time her first and beloved movie-child, which she was raising together with her colleagues for 2 years. This short film gave her the possibility to research complicated fields of humaneness and the unconscious. And it’s also a vision of a future in which we might find ourselves, if we don’t start thinking about these topics now.

LIZZIE DEE (right):
Lizzie Dee moved to Austria in 2013, after spending her childhood in France, which shaped her love for the big (and small) screen. She first followed a technical cursus at the University of Applied Sciences (UAS) in St. Pölten. There, she wrote her first sci-fi interactive movie, „Become - The Project”, in which the path to follow was decided by the emotions of the viewer through an algorithm. She then pursued a more creative education at the UAS Salzburg, where she wrote and co-directed the short film STATUS QUO. Lizzie was always interested in exploring the interaction between modern humans and technologies, which she started with „Become” and pursued with STATUS QUO. She hopes to further her exploration of this interaction with her next projects.

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Director Statement

LIZZIE DEE:
We are living in a world and an era which is informed by technology and progress. Many people think these technologies are the cause of problems, but often issues arise by the way we mishandle these inventions. It’s time to change our behaviour and to start caring for each other, if we don’t want to end up in a BLACK MIRROR-like universe. We need to think globally and work on a common future. Ultimately, our movie is about hope, and with STATUS QUO we hope to raise awareness and to motivate viewers to make a change.

MASCHA DEIKOVA:
We didn’t want to make just another dystopian vision of the near future. We wanted to confront contemporary issues and to give our viewer a clear understanding of them. That’s why STATUS QUO deals with narcissism, the loss of empathy and humanness, which we really fear to become a part of our normal life. We think that we’re exactly the ones who have to talk about these topics, because we’re coming from the same generation growing up together with the technological progress. In STATUS QUO we take our main character and viewers on a challenging journey into the depths of unconscious and let them take out our message.