A SHORT FILM

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Specifications

Genre Sci-Fi, comedy-drama
Duration 10 minutes
Language German
Subtitles English
Location Berlin, Germany
Format 4K / Color (25p in 1.9:1)

Year 2022


Writer & Director Leander Behal
Producers Nicola Herrmann, Leander Behal

Starring Dario Neumann, Anna-Carolina Stuckart

Logline A man discovers a machine that promises happiness but harbors a dark secret.

Synopsis When Jonathan discovers that his wife is having an affair, his world is turned upside-down. He has hit rock bottom. But after a lonely evening of drinking, a cluster of lights catches his eye. There, in the middle of an otherwise empty parking lot, is a mysterious vending machine that promises "happiness" to its user. For only 20 Euros. But behind the promise of happiness lies a radical solution.

 


Festivals To be announced

Stills:

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AUTOMAT ©2022 Leander Behal. Director of Photography: Lucas Heinze.

Director's Statement

"JONATHAN has lost everything in one day. The person closest to him has commited an act of betrayal that has caused him to question his entire existence. But the real question is: Was he ever happy to begin with? And what is happiness anyhow? He could try to find the answer for himself. Or he could put it in the hands of a mysterious machine."