Breathing at the Tricycle Theatre

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Breathing at the Tricycle Theatre

  • Thu 23 Feb 2012
  • 6:30PM
Imported 1552
Imported 1552

The Tricycle Theatre

269 Kilburn High RoadLondon NW6 7JR


Advance preview

The Tricycle Theatre screens a preview screening of Breathing, the directorial debut of veteran Austrian actor Karl Markovics (The Counterfeiters).  This compelling drama is distinguished by its restrained observational direction and the emotional intensity of its performances.

Roman Kogler (Thomas Schubert) is 19 years old and has lived all his life in institutions. Abandoned by his mother and raised in an orphanage, he is now serving time in a juvenile detention centre having accidentally killed a boy of his own age in a brawl.  A solitary boy with an uncommunicative attitude, he has no friends, family or connections to turn to in the outside world.  But when threatened with a life behind bars unless he finds a job and sticks to it, he eventually finds a probation job shifting dead bodies at the municipal morgue in Vienna.

The work is physically and emotionally draining and his co-workers aren’t exactly welcoming. But when Roman is one day faced with a dead woman who bears his family name, it occurs to him that this may be the mother who gave him up for adoption and he begins to explore his past.

Critically acclaimed, BREATHING was awarded the Label Europa Cinemas award for best European Film in Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, and went on to win Best Film at the Sarajevo Film Festival.