Drei Herren

Three Gentlemen

Comedy | 1998

Nobody would suspect that the three nice gentlemen who pitch up one day in the middle of the remote Austrian provincial district called the Waldviertel (Forest District) are actually inmates of the psychitatric hospital, and that fortuitous coincidence has led them out of the closed confines of the institution. The residents of the village, who aren‘t entirely wrong in feeling their familiar routines have become unglued start a hunt for the „lunatics“ who have been reported missing.
At first, no one suspects Sichel, Ivo and Dölken. A lot of plans ahead of them, and the next village isn‘t far off....
Nikolaus Leytner‘s film uses gentle humour to tell the stories of three people who neither can nor want to fit in the narrow boundaries of normality. The film‘s heroes are completely ordinary outsiders: old people, children and „lunatics“. When money, power and prestige become the normal guidelines for how people get along with each other, imagination and good-hearted kindness become abnormal virtues.
A film which balances melancholy with droll humour about the subversive power of the unreal.

Director: Nikolaus Leytner
Script: Nikolaus Leytner
D.O.P.: Hans Selikovsky
Sound: Michael Etz
Editing: Andreas Prochaska
Music: Haindling, Die Knödel
Production Design: Susanne Quendler
Costume Design: Ursula Leitner
Make up: Maresi Schmidt
Casting: Markus Schleinzer
Producers: Helmut Grasser
Peter Rommel
Production Company: Allegro Film
Home Run Pictures
Cast: Karl Merkatz
Karl Markovics
Ottfried Fischer
Regina Fritsch
Erni Mangold u.a.
Technical data: 95 min. / Colour / German / 35mm / 35mm, 1:1,85 / Dolby Digital SR
Festivals: Valladolid Film Festival 1998
Minneapolis/St. Paul Int'l Film Festival 1999
Austrian Film Series New York 1999
Palm Beach Film Festival 1999 a.o.
Awards: "Goldener Biber" (Audience Award) at the Biberach Film Festival 1998
Funds: Austrian Film Institute
Vienna Film Fund
ORF Film/Television Agreement
State of Lower Austria
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