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The inconspicuous Loren faces a big step in her life. She loves Kyle and her family more than anything else in this world.
She has been waiting for this day since she was a child, but her doubts become steadily bigger; she does not want to give up her life.
Then what seems to be the beginning of a wedding and thus the most beautiful day in a young woman's life, turns out to be a virgin  sacrificing ritual where Kyle, new leader of the sect Vacatio, has to sacrifice his own sister in order to prove his suitability for the task and his loyality to the traditions of the organization.

But Loren wants to determine her own destiny.

Vae Victis!

  • Luise Mayerhofer
    Writer | Director
  • Carla Lindner
  • Ellen Baramidze
    Director of Photography
  • Anna Bomhard
    Key Cast
    Die Chefin, Dahoam is Dahoam
  • Lukas Leibe
    Key Cast
    In aller Freundschaft
  • Marina Blanke
    Key Cast
  • Carla Lindner | Ellen Baramidze
    Executive Producer
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  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 26, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,500 EUR
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Canon C200
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - SAE Institute Stuttgart
  • Short + Sweet Hollywood Film Festival
    Los Angeles, West Hollywood
    United States
    October 22, 2019
    World Premiere |North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • The Lift-Off Sessions
    Slough (near London)
    United Kingdom
    October 13, 2019
    UK Premiere / Pinewood Studios
    Official Selction
  • First-Time Filmmaker Sessions
    Slough (near London)
    United Kingdom
    November 17, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Berlin Flash Film Festival
    December 30, 2019
    German Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography

Luise Mayerhofer wrote the screenplay for Vacatio and also directed the film herself. At the age of 21, she graduated with the degree program "Digital Film Production" at the SAE Institute Stuttgart in early 2019.

She contributed to numerous projects as assistant director. Her next goal is to study at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in order to pursue a career as a director.

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Director Statement

With "Vacatio" I want to show how far people are willing to go for sects and how dangerous they can be. The film is about love and it shows that in real life, family love and self-love are just as important as romantic love. One must represent the importance of freedom, which should belong to each individual.
These are all accentuated by the symbolism and image conception we used, so the context can be interpreted individually by the viewer.