Archive of films Forever Never Anywhere / Immer nie am Meer

2007, 88 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2007

Where there’s life, there’s hope. But what happens if hope is suddenly discovered to have been laid to rest years ago...? A black tragicomedy about three men trapped in their car after an accident, who find out more about each other than they would ever be willing to consider...


A history teacher named Baisch and his irascible brother-in-law, Anzengruber, who is addicted to sedatives, are coming back one night from the inauguration of their family business. On their way home Schwanenmeister, a talentless, small-time crowd-pleaser of the worst kind, gets mixed up in their journey. Instead of being at home in their beds, however, the three mismatched and conflicting antiheroes suddenly find themselves at a bleak crossroads, in a hopelessly absurd and bizarre situation, trapped in the car at some deserted location with no possibility of escape and no promise of rescue in sight. But even a ray of hope however may be just a prelude to a quirk of fate orchestrated by Toni, the son of an instructor running a summer camp for obese children... Thus begins a bleak and bizarre tragicomedy, with man and lab-rat in the same boat.

About the director

Antonin Svoboda (b. 1969, Vienna) studied theatre and art history (1988-90) and graduated from the Vienna Film Academy in 1997. In 1999 he co-founded the production company coop99. His name also appears as a producer under a number of international co-productions. He began directing with the short films Concrete Flowers (Betongraser, 1995), Karl wie Karlsplatz (1996), Mah Jong (1996), and Summer Holiday (Grosse Ferien, 1997), and at the same time made commercials and clips on social issues, such as Succo Justo, campaigning against child abuse. He debuted as a screenwriter and director with the feature-length film You Bet Your Life (Spiele Leben, 2005), which had its premiere at the festivals in Toronto and San Sebastian. Forever Never Anywhere is his second feature film.


coop99 filmproduktion GmbH
Wasagasse 12/1, 1090, Vienna
Tel: +43 1 319 5825
Fax: +43 1 319 5825/20

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Another View
Director: Antonin Svoboda
Screenplay: Christoph Grissemann, Dirk Stermann, Heinz Strunk, Antonin Svoboda
Dir. of Photography: Martin Gschlacht
Editor: Oliver Neumann
Producer: Martin Gschlacht
Production: coop99 filmproduktion GmbH
Cast: Christoph Grissemann, Dirk Stermann, Heinz Strunk, Eva Maria Neubauer
Contact: coop99 filmproduktion GmbH


Antonin Svoboda

Film Director, Film Director

Anne Laurent - Delage

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Martin Schweighofer

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