Image of movie Hochwald
Image of movie Hochwald
Image of movie Hochwald


Why Not You
Evi Romen
Austria, Belgium 2020
108 min

The northern Italian autonomous province of South Tyrol is a fairly particular region: bilingual due to its historical ties to the Austrian Tyrol, the people there speak a strong German dialect, but sound pretty formal when speaking in Italian. Young Mario is a character on the brink. He might want to go to Vienna, or to Rome, following in the footsteps of his childhood friend Lenz, who became an actor. Lenz returns to their native town Hochwald (Bosco Alto) to celebrate Christmas, and finds himself once again in a state of painfully inhibited intimacy with Mario. Neither of them is really ready to come out to the traditionally-minded townsfolk, or even towards each other. After a radical plot twist, Mario finds himself all alone in his village again among people who expect him to finally blend in: a former junkie and flamboyant dancer who is supposed get rid of the carnival wig he likes to wear as a sign of his waywardness.
Evi Romen makes brilliant use of the mountain scenery in her audacious queering of classical Heimatfilm tropes. Ricky Shayne and Salvatore Adamo make for pointed additions to a clever soundtrack. (Bert Rebhandl)

In the presence of Evi RomenAlexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu (producer) Bady Mink (producer), Thomas Prenn (actor) and more members of the team.

Set Photos: © Florian Rainer

Evi Romen: HOCHWALD (2020)

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