Archive of films Slumming / Slumming

Austria / Switzerland
2006, 100 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2006

A competition film at this year’s Berlinale, this is the story of wealthy Sebastian. He spends his time idly “hunting” women via the Internet and down-and-outs in cheap bars. He gets a kick out of playing with people’s lives. This time, however, he goes too far and the tables are turned.. A film with a documentary feel about the seamier side of city life.


Sebastian is from a family of rich layabouts whose wealth gives them a sense of superiority. He spends his days “hunting” women on the Internet and going out on dates. In the evenings he often hangs out in cheap bars in Vienna looking for “oddballs” in whose lives he can interfere just for a gas. The companion he needs for these escapades is the student Alex, permitted to live with him in return for admiration. Sebastian is just getting to know the teacher Pia, a lonely but unusual woman, when the two men pull off a particularly fine trick. The victim is Kallman, a vagrant who tries to sell his poems in the street and has drunk himself into a stupor. They bundle him into a car, drive him over the frontier and dump him on a bench opposite the station in Znojmo in the Czech the freezing cold, without money or a passport. Pia is hopeful of a relationship with Sebastian, but she takes a completely different view of this piece of “fun”. Now it is she who turns the tables on Sebastian and Kallman. Written and directed by Michael Glawogger, Slumming examines the moral values of people from different social backgrounds.

About the director

Michael Glawogger

Michael Glawogger (b. 1959, Graz, Austria) studied in San Francisco and in Vienna. Author, screenwriter, director and cameraman, he initially devoted himself to documentary films. His films Megacities (1998), a captivating portrait of four great cities – Bombay, New York, Moscow and Mexico City – and France, Here We Come! (Frankreich, wir kommen!, 1999) about the Austrian national football team at the World Cup seen from several entirely different points of view, were both screened in the Forum of Independents at Karlovy Vary. His most recent, strongly socio-critical title Workingman’s Death (2005), has also attracted a great deal of attention. Slumming was screened in the main competition at this year’s Berlin IFF.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
Director: Michael Glawogger
Screenplay: Michael Glawogger, Barbara Albert
Dir. of Photography: Martin Gschlacht
Music: Peter von Siebenthal, Daniel Jakob, Till Wyler, Walter W. Cikan
Editor: Christoph Schertenleib
Producer: Erich Lackner, Peter Wirthensohn
Production: Lotus Film Produktonsges. m.b.H.
Cast: August Diehl, Paulus Manker, Michael Ostrowski, Pia Hierzegger, Maria Bill
Contact: Austrian Films


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