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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2016 - 15.24 July

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CENTER OF MY WORLD

Category: Edition 2016

Synopsis
After a summer away at camp, Phil returns home to find that his mother and twin sister aren't speaking to one another. Not willing to confront his family during the last days of the summer holidays, Phil escapes to hang out with his best friend, Kat, eating ice-creams and playing dress-up. As the school year begins, a new student arrives - the handsome and mysterious Nicholas. Smitten, Phil watches his crush as he runs around the track after school, and he's thrilled when Nicholas returns his feelings. However, when first love's volatility comes to light, Phil realizes he must deal with the problems of his past, in order to deal with the issues of his present.

Original Title Die Mitte der Welt
Category Official Competition
Section Generator +18
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 115'
Production Year 2016
Nationality Austria, Germany
Directed by Jacob M. Erwa
Screenplay Jacob M. Erwa
Based on the book "Die Mitte der Welt"
by Andreas Seinhöfel
Director of photography Ngo The Chau
Editor Carlotta Kittell
Production Design Veronika Merlin
Costume Design Peri De Braganca
Sound Jörg Kidrowski
Music Paul Gallister
Main cast Louis Hofmann (Phil)
Svenja Jung (Kat)
Jannik Schümann (Nicholas)
Ada Philine Stappenbeck (Dianne)
Nina Proll (Pascal)
Sabine Timoteo (Glass)
Produced by Boris Schönfelder

DirectorRegisseur Jakob M Erwa PR2 Teresa Rothwangl RJakob M. Erwa
Born in Graz, Austria, in 1981. He wanted to become a rockstar, but then cinema turned his head. Art-school. Later Filmschool (HFF Munich) which he successfully completed in 2007. With his well-received debut film Heile Welt (2007, All The Invisible Things) he won the Grand Diagonale Award–Best Austrian Film (Diagonale 2007) as well as the German Independence Award–Best German Film (Oldenburg International Film Festival 2007). Furthermore, his film was invited to attend numerous international film festivals around the world. Jakob loves new challenges and unconventional approaches. His second feature HOMESICK marked a new step in his career: it is his first own, independent feature production. With DIE MITTE DER WELT he fulfilled a dream and adapted one of his favorite books, the best selling novel Center Of My World by Andrea Steinhöfel. Now he’s up to new challenges. Besides his own work Jakob also engages himself in film workshops for adolescents with different cultural and social backgrounds.

Director's statement
"Moviemaking gives me the chance to adventure worlds that I'd never dare to enter in real life".

production
Neue Schönhauser Filmproduktion
(Germany)
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Prisma Film
(Austria)
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world sales
festival contact

M-Appeal World Sales
(Germany)
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festival contact
AFC Austrian Films
(Austria)
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