betrayed

When the young protagonist enters the shared apartment, her boyfriend is just sitting apathetically on the couch. Passing each other, they neither exchange words nor looks. Only the flashbacks gradually decipher what brought about this surreal situation last night. And the realization couldn't be more disturbing ...

  • Thomas Sulak
    Director
  • Thomas Sulak
    Writer
  • Thomas Sulak
    Producer
  • Katharina Tupy
    Key Cast
  • Oliver Schluschanek
    Key Cast
  • Roland Hammer
    Sound
  • Chris Canis
    Boom Angle
  • Konstantin Spork
    Music
  • Alexander Hubmann
    Sound Mix
  • Sonja Groiss
    Bodydouble
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 13, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 EUR
  • 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
Director Biography - Thomas Sulak

Thomas Sulak is an actor and director for more than 25 years.
He attended the drama school in Vienna and the Lee Strassberg Institute in Ney York. In 2020/2021 he attended the film school in Vienna and produced his first short film on the subject of femicide.

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Director Statement

As an actor, director and filmmaker, I am in a privileged position to attract attention. A privilege that more artists should use to make the voices of various problem topics like this unmistakable for society and politics. The provocation has turned out to be a very suitable means for me personally.

I describe myself as a “mentally healthy person”, in whose world of values it is shameful to still live in a patriarchal society. To hear that, for example, women with the same education earn less than men is a shame and lacks any logical basis.
I have been waiting for this generation of men to die out since I was 30 and I thought that this would happen to my generation. I was wrong about that ...

The topic of femicide caught my attention a few months ago when, in April, a 35-year-old woman was doused with petrol by her ex-partner in a Viennese tobacconist and set on fire.
In January 2021, a judge in Germany spoke of a “crime of passion” when a man was convicted of attempted murder because the woman he had fallen in love with did not want to marry him. But it's not about passion. These men are concerned with maintaining power over women.

At the end of June, a girl was found only 13 years old, whose body was discovered by passers-by leaning against a tree on a street in Vienna. Four young Afghans, three of whom confessed that they drugged the youth and raped them one by one. For our - meanwhile - ex-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) a welcome meal to justify the deportations of the Afghans.

However, numerous studies indicate that the majority of femicides are not ethnically related. Rather, it turned out once again that separation situations are the most dangerous time for women, because patriarchal patterns such as possessiveness are evidently particularly prominent in perpetrators.

In the last few months I have spoken to many people in my environment, both men and women, about femicides and I discovered that 8 out of 10 people did not know this term or what is associated with it.