Wilde Maus

Wild Mouse
Georg feels confident and at ease in his position as a member of a Viennese newspaper’s editorial staff. He is both loved and feared – as befits an established music critic who wields a sharp pen. But then he is suddenly made redundant. A cost-cutting measure, he is told – before being shown the door. But instead of telling his young wife Johanna, whose thoughts currently revolve around her desire for children and her next ovulation, Georg is out for revenge. He finds an ally in giving vent to his anger at his ex-boss in the shape of an old school friend, Erich. What begins with minor property damage soon turns into a campaign of all out terror. At the same time, Georg and Erich have a go at trying to revive a dilapidated rollercoaster in Vienna’s Prater amusement park – the legendary ‘wild mouse’.
In his directorial debut, cabaret artist and actor Josef Hader tells a funny, dramatic story about the Austrian middle-classes’ private fears of failure and social decline. A witty and ironic film that reflects on how a bourgeois life can go awry – and then perhaps manages to get back on an even keel after all.
by Josef Hader
with Josef Hader, Pia Hierzegger, Georg Friedrich, Jörg Hartmann, Denis Moschitto, Crina Semciuc, Nora von Waldstätten, Maria Hofstätter, Thomas Schubert, Murathan Muslu
Austria 2017 German 103’ Colour Rating R12


  • Josef Hader (Georg)
  • Pia Hierzegger (Johanna)
  • Georg Friedrich (Erich)
  • Jörg Hartmann (Waller)
  • Denis Moschitto (Sebastian)
  • Crina Semciuc (Nicoleta)
  • Nora von Waldstätten (Editor Fitz)
  • Maria Hofstätter (Secretary Huber)
  • Thomas Schubert (Max)
  • Murathan Muslu (Mirko)


Written and Directed by Josef Hader
Cinematography Xiaosu Han, Andreas Thalhammer
Editing Ulrike Kofler, Monika Willi, Christoph Brunner
Sound Hjalti Bager-Jonathansson, Bernhard Maisch
Sound Design Martin Greunz, Manuel Grandpierre
Production Design Christoph Kanter
Costumes Max Wohlkönig
Make-Up Monika Fischer-Vorauer, Andreas Meixner
Assistant Director Hanuš Polak
Casting Eva Roth
Production Manager Ulrike Lässer
Producers Michael Katz, Veit Heiduschka

Josef Hader

Born in Waldhausen, Austria in 1962, the award-winning comedian has repeatedly ventured into film as an actor, screenwriter and director. He has won acting awards including at the Locarno Film Festival, the German Film Critics’ Award and a nomination for the European Film Awards. For his directing debut Wild Mouse, he also wrote the screenplay and took the leading role. The film was selected to screen in Competition at the 2017 Berlinale.

Filmography (as director)

2017 Wilde Maus (Wild Mouse) 2024 Andrea lässt sich scheiden (Andrea Gets a Divorce)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024