Why Not You (Hochwald)

Mario loves dancing and it’s the dancing that helps him survive difficult moments. For someone like him, a dancing career can be only a dream. He lives with his mother above a local butchery and works as a confectioner. His beloved friend Lenz comes form a rich family and has more opportunities to achieve his dreams of becoming an actor. When Lenz wins a scholarship in Rome, Mario decides to go with him. On their way to Italy, they visit a gay club. This stop will change everything.

“Hochwald” is a directional debut of Evi Romen that brought her the main prize at Film Festival in Zurich. Evi explores loss and rejection but doesn’t offer any unambiguous answers to the questions she raises. Instead, she uses the breathtaking picturesqueness of Tyrolean mountains and villages to portrait the history and emotions of her characters.

Austrian Film Award, AT 2021 – 9 nominations, 3 Awards
Zurich Film Festival 2020 – Best Film Award
Torino Film Festival 2020 – Best Film nomination


Evi Romen


Thomas Prenn, Noah Saavedra, Josef Mohamed, Ursula Scribano-Ofner, Elisabeth Kanettis


Florian Horwath


Martin Gschlacht, Jerzy Palacz


Austria, Belgium 2020

running time:

107 minutes

English/Polish subtitles

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