Somewhere in Lower Austria; the school term is drawing to a close and the summer holidays are not far off. Boarding school pupil Paula, seventeen, is secretly in love with her girlfriend Charlotte. But Charlotte’s going out with Michael. Lovelorn, Paula decides to try and take her mind of things by getting involved with schoolmate Tim, whose feelings for her are at least genuine. Paula has no idea how often Charlotte thinks of her. And then there’s Lilli, who is just dying for someone to fancy her and tries to play the wild seductress. Paula must decide if she wants to follow her own feelings or yield to other people’s.
Lanzenkirchen, mon amour: in her debut as a director Monja Art portrays teenage life and love in the sticks as a roller coaster ride of the emotions in a collection of amorous mini-dramas. Caught between dull days at school and dissolute nights at the village disco, Paula and her friends are like any normal teenagers: wonderfully know-it-all time bombs ticking away on the brink of adulthood, by which time they may just about have their heads on straight. But for now their greatest fear is having to stick around in this dump of a backwater. Outside, the strains of a brass band can be heard, a combine harvester does its rounds and, if you’re lucky, a bus might come.
by Monja Art
with Elisabeth Wabitsch, Anaelle Dézsy, Alexandra Schmidt, Christopher Schärf, Alexander Wychodil
Austria 2017 German 104’ Colour


  • Elisabeth Wabitsch (Paula)
  • Anaelle Dézsy (Charlotte)
  • Alexandra Schmidt (Lilli)
  • Christopher Schärf (Florian Tangler)
  • Alexander Wychodil (Tim)


Written and Directed by Monja Art
Cinematography Caroline Bobek
Editing Monja Art, Claudia Linzer
Sound Design Bernd Dormayer, Michael Schreiber
Sound Hjalti Bager-Jonathansson
Sound Mixing Michael Plöderl
Production Design Conrad Moritz Reinhardt
Costumes Christine Ludwig
Make-Up Steffie Lamm
Casting Martina Poel, Marion Rossmann
Dramaturgy Iris Steiner, Caroline Bobek, Petra Ladinigg
Assistant Director Esther Hassfurther
Production Management Nina Lang
Producer Ulrich Gehmacher

Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH

Produced by

Orbrock Filmproduktion GmbH

Monja Art


Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017