Pendance Film Festival 2022

Luzifer and Q&A with Director Peter Brunner

Expired March 15, 2022 3:00 AM
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Inspired by the true story of an exorcism. Johannes, a mentally fragile man with the heart of a child, lives secluded in an Alpine hut with his possessive mother. Daily life is governed by prayer and rituals. But suddenly, modernity intrudes into their world of nature and divine worship. A tourist development threatens to poison their paradise and awaken the devil.


Director Biography - Peter Brunner

Peter Brunner, born in 1983, is a Vienna-based filmmaker and musician (Cardiochaos). The son of a psychoanalyst and a painting therapist is a former student of Michael Haneke at the Vienna Film Academy. His work includes short films and music videos as well as the feature "Sickness of the Youth", which he directed together with fellow students and in which he played the leading role. His feature film debut "My Blind Heart" premiered at Slamdance Film Festival and in the Tiger Competition at Rotterdam International Film Festival 2014, and won several awards at international film festivals, including a nomination for the Golden Frog at Camerimage Film Festival. His sophomore feature "Those Who Fall Have Wings" was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015. Brunners english-language debut "To the Night" (2018) starring Caleb Landry Jones was call "a psychological acid trip of a movie" by THR and premiered at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. At Locarno 2021, inside Official Competition, he premiered his fourth feature, "Luzifer" (2021). "Luzifer" was produced by the legendary Ulrich Seidl.

Director Statement

“I wanted to show that there is a difference between spirituality, which raises questions, and religion, which, apparently, gives answers” - https://cineuropa.org/en/interview/408947

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    103 minutes
  • Language
    German
  • Country
    Austria
  • Director
    Peter Brunner
  • Screenwriter
    Peter Brunner
  • Producer
    Ulrich Seidl
  • Cast
    Franz Rogowski, Susanne Jensen
  • Cinematographer
    Peter Flinckenberg
  • Editor
    Peter Brunner