AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, HUNGARY

The camera murderer

Der kameramörder
2010 – 35mm – colore - 90’

Direction: Robert Adrian Pejo
Screenplay: Agnes Pluch, Gunter Pscheider, Robert Adrian Pejo
Literary author: Thomas Glavinic
Photography: Gergely Pohárnok
Editing: Loredana Cristelli
Set design: Csaba Stork
Music: Peter von Siebenthal
Costumes: Krisztina Ignatovics
Cast: Merab Ninidze, Dorka Griyllus, Andreas Lust, Ursina Lardi
Producers: Susann Rüdlinger, Erich Lackner, Jozsef Berger, Andreas Hruza
Production: Lotus Film, AV Medienburo with the co-production of Cobra Films AG, Mythberg Films

SYNOPSIS

Easter at Lake Neusiedl: Thomas has a designer house hidden in the reeds on the Hungarian side of the lake. He and his new girlfriend Sonja invite another couple to visit: Heinrich, an old friend and notorious cynic and his wife Eva, who seems to have a more complicated past with Thomas than a simple long-lasting friendship. After the other couple arrives friendly banter increasingly turns into general tenseness. Cynicism, the last common ground between Heinrich and Eva, threatening gestures and bad jokes prove to be the inappropriate antidote to the increased tension between the couples. The neighboring farmer visits briefly and informs them that his sisters’ three children went missing without a trace.

DIRECTOR STATEMENT

Camera murderer is not a description of the existing relationships. We don’t know much about the protagonists – their background or their history. We pretty much step into a given situations the four characters have to overcome. The more we try to understand these characters the more questions came up about their behavior. The more we dig into their inner lives the more we realize how far they drifted apart from themselves and their partners. Camera murderer does not give answers or explains how things work. It very much deals with our dysfunctions within relationships. (...) We experience the story through Sonja’s perspective. Through the constellation of the characters she is taking in a more vulnerable position that is based more on trust than security. The audience identifies with her strongly. We suffer with her, when she is been driven to doubt her sense what is also a significant topic of the film: who we trust, who do we really know, can we trust the media, or is it just a blur reflection of real or imagined monstrosities.”

THE DIRECTOR: ROBERT ADRIAN PEJO

Born in 1964, Arad, Romania. He is emigrated to Austria with his family in 1972. He started making short films at age 13, presented at various international amateur film festivals. His short feature Crescendo (1986) won the main award from the Association of Austrian Amateur Filmmakers. After studying engineering he took a course in theatre and film science. He debuted in 1993 with a feature made in Hungary, Rúzs (Lipstick). He then shot the documentaries Der weg nach Eden (The road to Eden, 1995) and Rest in pieces (1996). He has also worked for TV, directing several episodes of the series Crime Scene. His second feature for the big screen, Dallas Pashamende (Dallas among us, 2005), was screened in the Panorama section at Berlin and in competition at KVIFF in 2005 (East of the West). Pejo has been living in New York since 1996, and work in Europe and USA.

FILMOGRAPHY

1986 Crescendo
1993 Rúzs (Lipstick)
1995 Der weg nach Eden (The road to Eden, doc.)
1996 Rest in pieces (doc.)
1999 Tatort - Nie wieder Oper (TV series)
2001 Tatort - Tod am Kongress (TV series)
2005 Dallas Pashamende (Dallas among us)
2007 Kidnapped (TV)
2007 Mordshunger (TV)
2008 Upstairs
2010 Der Kameramörder

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

1995 Montréal New FilmFest: Golden Frame Award for best documentary
2005 Berlinale – Panorama: CICAE prize, Special Merrit
2005 Tokyo IFF
2010 Hungarian Film Week: Best Director
2010 Karlovy Vary IFF

 


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