SPIELE LEBEN

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SPIELE LEBEN

YOU BET YOUR LIFE

Antonin Svoboda
A/CH, 2005
Fiction, 95min, OmeU

SPIELE LEBEN

Antonin Svoboda
A/CH, 2005
Fiction, 95min, OmeU

Cast: 
Georg Friedrich
Kurt
Birgit Minichmayr
Tanja
Gerti Drassl
Manu
Andreas Patton
Franz
Michael Rastl
Vater
Claudia Martini
Elvira
Screenplay: 
Antonin Svoboda
Sound: 
Dietmar Zuson
Camera: 
Martin Gschlacht
Editor: 
Oliver Neumann
Composer: 
Christof Dienz
Decoration: 
Veronika Merlin
Costume: 
Silvia Pernegger

Production: 
coop99 Filmproduktion Wasagasse 12/1, 1090 Wien T 1 319 58 25 welcome@coop99.at
World Sales: 
Bavaria Film International Bavariafilmplatz 8 82031 Geiselgasteig, Deutschland T 89 6499 3687 bavaria.international@bavaria-film.de
Distribution in Austria: 
Polyfilm Verleih Margareten Straße 78 1050 Wien T 1 581 39 00 20, polyfilm@polyfilm.at
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Kurt is a manipulative compulsive gambler whose life is spiralling out of control. A man with no limits or discipline, he makes the extreme decision to put his very life on the line by allowing dice to dictate his destiny. Kurts existence revolves around money: winning it, losing it, borrowing it, paying it back. He hustles, schemes and dreams day in and day out, but Kurts all-consuming addiction jeopardizes his relationship with his girlfriend, Manu. After seeing a television special about Mozarts legendary system of composing music using dice, Kurt vows to let the dice determine every choice he will make hereafter, each number representing a possible option. This process gets him job offers and soon leads him to Tanja, a sexy, unruly drug addict whom he implicates in his increasingly obsessive game. But while it seems that luck is on his side and Kurt will redeem himself, living by such an arbitrary method can only lead to chaos and mania and he may just drag his new lover down with him. Spiele Leben, the first feature by Austrian director Antonin Svoboda, is an intense examination of what happens when a man stops playing by societys rules and leaves his fate to chance. (Dimitri Eipides)