Mr. Karlsen

2023 | Drama, Coming of Age | 15 min | BA Film

Directed by Basil Burger

Collection: Degree Films 2023

Widower Karlsen runs an antiquarian bookshop with his daughter Lara. But she wants to move out of their shared apartment. When Karlsen finds an old children's book during the move, he sinks into nostalgia. He asks Lara to keep it, but she throws it away and accuses him of not being able to let go. Back in the store, he lets his anger get the best of him, rips books off the shelves at random, and finally sinks to the floor, exhausted. The store remains closed. Lara finds him at her mother's memorial. He confesses to her that he wants to turn to a new future.

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Runtime15 min
Year of Production2023
Country of ProductionSwitzerland
Aspect Ratio16:9
Audio FormatStereo, 5.1
Shooting FormatDigital
Spoken LanguageSwiss German
Available SubtitlesGerman, English
Director, Editor, Screenplay Basil Burger
Cinematography Flavio Witschi
Production Design Luzian Choffat, Julian Meier
Production Manager Mina Tomic
Leading ActorsYves Raeberas Herr Karlsen
Anna Krajcias Lara Karlsen
Supporting ActorsMaximilian Schaibleas Marlon
Eleni Hauptas Frau Bührer
Executive Producer Filippo Bonacci
Programme Director Sabine Boss