Der Boden unter den Füßen

The Ground beneath My Feet
Lola is almost thirty. A successful management consultant, she is constantly on the move between the companies she is tasked with restructuring. Her chic apartment in Vienna is more of a mailbox and a launderette than a home. A hundred working hours a week is not uncommon in addition to five sessions at the gym, expensive dinners with clients and nights spent in sterile hotels. Her career, which she is advancing with cleverness, efficiency and ruthless cunning, appears to be unstoppable. She applies a similarly disciplined approach when it comes to managing her private life. This means that nobody is allowed to know about the existence of her older sister Conny, who has been suffering from mental illness for a long time and who never leaves her apartment. But when Conny attempts to commit suicide, Lola searches for a way to be there for her.
Marie Kreutzer’s portrait of the jet-setting Lola reveals that there is sometimes just a thin line separating polar opposites such as order and chaos, rise and fall – even for someone who thrives in a society fixated on achievement.
by Marie Kreutzer
with Valerie Pachner, Pia Hierzegger, Mavie Hörbiger, Michelle Barthel, Marc Benjamin, Axel Sichrovsky, Dominic Marcus Singer, Meo Wulf
Austria 2019 German 108’ Colour


  • Valerie Pachner (Lola)
  • Pia Hierzegger (Conny)
  • Mavie Hörbiger (Elise)
  • Michelle Barthel (Birgit)
  • Marc Benjamin (Sebastian)
  • Axel Sichrovsky (Herr Bacher)
  • Dominic Marcus Singer (Jürgen)
  • Meo Wulf (Clemens)


Written and Directed by Marie Kreutzer
Cinematography Leena Koppe
Editing Ulrike Kofler
Music Kyrre Kvam
Sound Design Veronika Hlawatsch
Sound Odo Grötschnig
Production Design Martin Reiter
Costumes Monika Buttinger
Make-Up Maike Heinlein
Assistant Director Hanuš Polak jr.
Casting Rita Waszilovics
Production Manager Gottlieb Pallendorf
Line Producer Johanna Scherz
Producers Alexander Glehr, Franz Novotny

Produced by

Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion

Marie Kreutzer

Born in Graz, Austria in 1977, after studying at the Film Academy Vienna and working on cinema and TV productions, she made several award-winning short films. Her debut feature, Die Vaterlosen, screened and won awards at numerous festivals including in Panorama. It was followed by the feature films Gruber geht and Was hat uns bloß so ruiniert as well as the TV film Die Notlüge, all of which also screened and won awards at festivals. Alongside her work as a director, she has taught at institutions including the Film Academy Vienna and works as a screenwriter and dramaturge.


2011 Die Vaterlosen 2015 Gruber geht 2016 Was hat uns bloß so ruiniert 2017 Die Notlüge; tv film 2019 Der Boden unter den Füßen (The Ground Beneath My Feet)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019