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Kein Halbes Leben /

No Half Life

feature length documentary

70 minutes, DCP, color 

2018

Austria

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writer & director: Sybille Bauer

producer: Lixi Frank

director of photography: Marie-Thérèse Zumtobel

sound recordists: Nora Czamler, Ben Palier, Ken Rischard, Theda Schifferdecker, Simon Spitzer

editor: Anna Kirst (as Anna Grenzfurthner)

sound design: Simon Spitzer

color grading: Simon Graf

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"The documentary ‘No Half Life’ deals with the intriguing yet inscrutable relationship between people and their dogs. My mother Renate, 57, says that only her dogs helped her to overcome my father’s death. What are dogs capable of that fellow people are not? I embark on a personal journey and an intimate look through and on the three dog-centred worlds of my protagonists Kerstin (24), Florian (29) and Renate – my mother. Although the three characters all may seem very different at first glance they have something major in common: They had to experience great human losses. At the same time they all find a special form of fulfilment through their relationship with their canine companion. And, finally, they all succeed together with their four-legged friends in looking to a positive future." (Sybille Bauer)

Festivals

Crossing Europe Filmfestival Linz, Austria

Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film, Austria (World Premiere)