Two twin brothers, a mother who returns from plastic surgery with her face completely bandaged, and a glacial design house that sits sufficiently away from other forms of life. The setting and its protagonists already hint some terrifying possibilities that will erupt as the twins –who are so bored there, in the middle of the summer– begin to suspect the person behind the bandages is an impostor and not their mother. And they have to act in consequence. Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (who were in Bafici in 2013 with Kern) play both sides: they use both strikes of genre and an atmospherical flow that grows in density sequence after sequence as the logical result of the unease the story drags. We can talk about psycological horror, yes, but we should never mention Haneke in the similarities department: Goodnight Mommy may be the place where the Funny Games director will buy his materials when he decides to be a real filmmaker. MP
D, G: Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala
F: Martin Gschlacht
E: Michael Palm DA: Hannes Salat, Hubert Klausner
S: Klaus Kellerman
M: Olga Neuwirth
P: Johannes Salat
PE: Louis Oellerer
CP: Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion
I: Susanne Wuest, Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz, Hans Escher, Elfriede Schatz
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She works as a journalist in the Austrian newspaper Kurier. She collaborated in the scripts of such Ulrich Seidl’s films as Import/Export (2007; Bafici ‘08) and Paradise:Love (2012; Bafici ‘13).
She trained at the Vienna Film Academy. Together with Ulrike Putzer, she directed the short film Elephant Skin (2009).