The Legend of the White Ibex

“To escape from his nightmares Lukas goes in search of the White Ibex that every night saves him from the overhang.”

"The Legend of the White Ibex" is a poetic-philosophical tale of existential stamp, with a simple structure but rich in references presented lightly and powerful in meaning.

The repeated nightmare thoroughly dominates the nights and life of Lukas.
Also this morning, two pan-fried eggs almost perfect but inexorably ruined in a throw-away omelette, are the symbol of the denied resurrection.
A big cat, icon of freedom and sense of the wild, turns out to be fragile and sick once the daily meal is consumed and even the rooster-sculpture gaze towards the sky in the pompous morning rebirth does not awaken emotions in Lukas.
The bells that ring are pure for him as he loses the fast destination omnibus forcing him to the long run of the next race.
And as a premonition of mocking tolls it also loses work without the possibility of redemption, between an invitation to go into therapy and the evidence of wage dumping now settled in the living rooms of the economy.
When then a Shaman appears and vanishes into thin air after having disfigured a coincident story of an ibex before which a brave warrior had to go, the only reality left in Lukas is an abandoned pendant guardian of those forces of nature of which he is totally unaware and still must to discover…

  • Markus Otz
    Director
    "Astar, the Mysterious Creature" 2015, "Alone" 2017
  • Markus Otz
    Writer
    "Astar, the Mysterious Creature" 2015, "Alone" 2017
  • Markus Otz
    Producer
    "Astar, the Mysterious Creature" 2015, "Alone" 2017
  • Luisa Neri
    Producer
    "Astar, the Mysterious Creature" 2015, "Alone" 2017
  • Marco Capodieci
    Key Cast
    "Lukas"
    "Alone" 2017
  • Roberto Regazzoni
    Key Cast
    "Ermìntor, Sal"
  • Amanda Rougier
    Key Cast
    "Shaman"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    La leggenda dello stambecco bianco
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Philosophical, Adventure, Fantasy, Romenca
  • Runtime:
    41 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 5, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 CHF
  • Country of Origin:
    Switzerland
  • Country of Filming:
    Switzerland
  • Language:
    Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Insiders Premiere
    Mendrisio
    Switzerland
    April 6, 2019
  • Simbolic screening where the Ibex lives !
    Capanna Scaletta
    Switzerland
    August 24, 2019
    High Ridges Premiere
  • Silver State Film Festival
    Las Vegas
    United States
    September 7, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Best Shorts Competition
    La Jolla (San Diego)
    United States
    September 16, 2019
    California Premiere
    Award of Recognition
  • LAFA Los Angeles Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 27, 2019
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Award for Best Indie Featurette
  • Free Spirit Film Festival
    McLeod Ganj
    India
    September 30, 2019
    Asian Premiere
    Award for Best Cinematography
  • I AM Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    October 5, 2019
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
  • East Europe International Film Festival
    Warsaw
    Poland
    November 29, 2019
    Polish Premiere
    Award for Best Director of a Short Foreign Language Film
  • Vegas Movie Awards
    Las Vegas
    United States
    February 12, 2020
    Award of Prestige for Best Romance
  • Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema IIFC 2020
    Idyllwild Pine-Cove
    United States
    March 13, 2020
    Riverside County Premiere
    Indie Spirit Award
Distribution Information
  • emotive visual outlook carpentry by Markus Otz
    Country: Switzerland
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Markus Otz

Markus Otz is a Swiss director, cinematographer, screenwriter and producer, born on 5 August 1960 in Schaffhausen CH, to Frieda (Stalder) ceramist artist and Wilhelm Otz, industrial technician. With a strong self-taught nature and particular aptitude for sculpture and modeling, after the commercial diploma (1980) he started an "idea factory" intended as a laboratory for the conjugation of plastic and visual arts with particular attention to the creation of sets for theater and cinema, as well as special effects, animatronics and objects not available on the market. In 2000 he graduated in Fine Arts at the Brera Academy in Milan, specializing in painting, then teaching young people in schools and training in the social sector as a trainer for adults. In 2015 he founded his own film production company "emotive visual outlook carpentry" and attended courses in directing and screenwriting at the Mohole Film School in Milan. In 2019 he founded the Momòhill Film Fair, an independent film festival located in Southern Switzerland.

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Director Statement

“Film shooting is a deep descent into the nature of things and a constant surprise over the unexpected”.