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Nick and Anna are off to Switzerland for six months. Nick wants to collect recipes of local cuisine, and Anna finally hopes to write a new book. The time away might be good for their relationship too, for Anna knows about Nick’s affair with their neighbour Andrea, who threw herself out the window. Mischa will be taking care of the fish and the philodendron in their Viennese apartment while they’re gone. On the drive to Switzerland, they collide with a sheep.
As the narrative progresses, the more it undermines certainties and sows doubts. At what point did the plot actually begin? Are the characters really themselves, or merely figments of someone else’s imagination? First the timeframes become confused, before spatial boundaries are also suspended. Disconcerting parallels emerge between the Vienna apartment and the Swiss chalet. And doesn’t the ice cream seller in the neighbouring town look just like Mischa? Is Anna’s jealousy unfounded, or should she listen to the advice of the talking cat? Is Mischa actually Andrea? Will every question be answered by the end? Wait and see, for the mind games that Tiere allows to play out between Vienna and the Swiss Alps are most sophisticated.

Greg Zglinski

Switzerland / Austria / Poland 2017

German, French

95 min · Colour


Birgit Minichmayr (Anna)
Philipp Hochmair (Nick)
Mona Petri (Mischa/Andrea/Eisverkäuferin)
Mehdi Nebbou (Tarek)
Michael Ostrowski (Harald)


Greg Zglinski
Jörg Kalt, Greg Zglinski
Director of Photography
Piotr Jaxa
Karina Ressler
Bartosz Chajdecki
Sound Design
Laurent Jespersen
Reto Stamm
Production Design
Gerald Damovsky
Katrin Renz, tellfilm, Stefan Jäger, tellfilm, Bruno Wagner, Coop99 Filmproduktion, Antonin Svoboda, Coop99 Filmproduktion, Lukasz Dzięcioł, Opus Film


Greg Zglinski

Born in 1968 in Warsaw, Poland. He attended a pantomime and acting school in Zurich, and studied Film Directing at the National Academy for Film, Television and Theatre (PWSFTViT) in Łódź, Poland. Greg Zglinski lives in Warsaw, where he works as a film director and screenwriter.


2001 On His Resemblance; 50 min. 2004 Tout un hiver sans feu (One Long Winter Without Fire); 89 min. 2007 Na dobre i na złe (For Good and for Bad Times); TV series, 3 episodes, 50 min. each 2008 Pitbull; TV series, 4 episodes, 45 min. each 2009 Londyńczycy (The Londoners); TV series, 6 of 13 episodes, 45 min. each 2011 Wymyk (Courage); 86 min. 2012 Paradoks; TV series, episodes 1-6, 45 min. each 2014 Zbrodnia (The Crime); TV series, 3 episodes, 45 min. each 2016 Le temps d’Anna (Anna’s Time); 85 min. 2017 Tiere (Animals)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017

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Opus Film

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