The Ground Beneath my Feet

The Ground Beneath my Feet

Marie Kreutzer

»Our capitalist society would no longer function if we didn’t feel this constant need to compare ourselves and as a result feel inferior, if we didn’t believe we have to accomplish more, create more, have more.«
– Marie Kreutzer

Lola is an extremely disciplined, highly organised and career-conscious business consultant in her thirties. Constantly jet-setting between the companies she optimises and restructures, she puts in 100-hour weeks and works out at 4.30 in the morning − five times a week. Her tasteful apartment in Vienna serves mainly as a mailbox and wardrobe. This lifestyle is rounded off by fancy dinners with clients and a secret affair with her boss. She keeps quiet about the rest of her personal life. Lola, who lost both her parents when she was young, is the only caregiver of her older sister Conny, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Conny is overwhelmed by everyday life and spends most of her time in a psychiatric clinic. After attempting suicide, Conny calls on her sister to look after her. Lola tries to find a system that will help her care for her sister without getting too involved herself. But Conny undermines this as intelligently as she does manipulatively − and Lola’s organised life starts to crumble.

In cooperation with L-Mag.


Marie Kreutzer


Leena Koppe


Ulrike Kofler


Odo Grötschnig

Sound Design

Veronika Hlawatsch


Kyrre Kvam


Valerie Pachner, Pia Hierzegger, Mavie Hörbiger, Michelle Barthel,
Marc Benjamin


Edition Salzgeber

Portrait of director Marie Kreutzer

Marie Kreutzer

Marie Kreutzer was born in Graz in 1977. After studying at Vienna Film Academy and working on cinema and TV productions, she made a number of award-winning short feature films. Her first long feature film, The Fatherless, about a commune, was shown at numerous festivals and has received several prizes, including the Grand Prix Diagonale.
Apart from working as a director, she has lectured at Vienna Film Academy and worked as a scriptwriter and dramatic adviser. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Austrian Drehbuchverband and Drehbuchforum.

Films by Marie Kreutzer
Die Notlüge
(TV film) 2017 | Was hat uns bloß so ruiniert 2016 | Gruber geht 2015 | Die Vaterlosen 2011