Filmfest 2019

German Age Rating

Film Website

Caroline Binder has a beautiful home, a healthy marriage, and a chronic heart condition. Dr. Paul Hoffmann, an expert cardiologist, says he can cure her with a new surgical procedure, and he keeps his promise. Caroline recovers and everyone’s happy - except Caroline herself. Saying goodbye to a life without excitement or responsibility proves more difficult than even she herself had imagined. So much so she that doesn’t want her new heart or her new life.

tags: Women, Feature film

Cast: Martina Gedeck, Rainer Wöss, Ruth Brauer-Kvam, Anton Noori


Screenplay: Elisabeth Scharang

Original Material: Julya Rabinowich

Director of Photography: Jörg Widmer

Film Editor: Alarich Lenz

Composer: Thomas Jarmer

Production Designer: Hannes Salat

Costume Design: Veronika Albert

Sound: William Franck

Producer: Thomas Pridnig, Peter Wirthensohn

Production Company: Lotus-Film GmbH

World Sales: ORF-Enterprise GmbH & Co KG

Director: Elisabeth Scharang

Editor: Julia Sengstschmid (ORF), Amke Ferlemann (BR)

TV channel: Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)


Elisabeth Scharang was born in the Austrian province of Styria in 1969. Self-educated, she lives and works as a film director, scriptwriter, and radio host in Vienna. Her 2006 documentary OCTOPUSALARM, which had its world premiere at the Berlinale, has been shown at more than 40 international film festivals. Following IN ANOTHER LIFETIME (2011), JACK (2014) was Scharang's second feature film. This psychological profile of serial killer Jack Unterweger had its world premiere at the Locarno Festival and was also shown at the IFF in Toronto. Currently, Scharang is working on her next motion picture, freely adapted from Doris Knecht's bestseller WALD. She is also developing her first English-language feature film, which she will direct, in the United States. Scharang is on the board of the Verband Filmregie Österreich, the association of Austrian film directors, and regularly hosts talk shows on Austrian radio stations FM4 and Ö1.