The Ground Beneath My Feet

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Austria | 2019 | 108 minutes | Marie Kreutzer

In this Austrian psychodrama, a workaholic business consultant, her life already complicated by caring for her paranoid-schizophrenic half-sister (and her affair with her boss), begins to feel her own mental state destabilizing.

"An impressively controlled feature about the messy nature of contemporary life."—The Hollywood Reporter

Lola (Valerie Pachner) is a jet-setting, high-powered executive business consultant used to having things go her way. No one can compete with her or close a deal like she can. However, Lola lives a double life, and it is going to catch up with her. What happens when you are not grounded? An even better question: What makes a person grounded? Lola has a home, a job, and a budding relationship with her company boss, another accomplished powerhouse of a woman. Looks like success, maybe. On the outside Lola may seem perfect in her business suits and suave smile; however, when she is alone, she deals with a vacuum of emptiness inside and an aching worry occupies her, her needy schizophrenic older sister Conny (Pia Hierzegger). With the death of both her parents, Lola took on the care and responsibility of her mentally ill sister. Does she love her burden? Is she nervous about their shared DNA? The Ground Beneath My Feet is a fascinating portrait of a woman living a double life, hiding the cracks beneath her surface, and walking on the line between love and breaking point.

Maryna Ajaja

Director Biography
Marie Kreutzer was born in Graz, Austria, in 1977 and studied screenwriting at the Film Academy Vienna. Her first feature-length film, The Fatherless, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama Special sidebar in 2011, receiving Special Mention for Best First Feature. Her second film, Gruber Is Leaving (2015), was nominated for the Austrian Film Award and won Special Mention as Best Film at the Zurich Film Festival. In 2016, her third feature film We Used to Be Cool also premiered at the Zurich Film Festival in competition.

Sponsored by Goethe Pop Up Seattle, Greater Seattle Business Association, Honorary Consulate of Austria in Seattle, Austrian Consulate General Los Angeles

  • Original Language Title: Der Boden unter den Fussen
  • Director: Marie Kreutzer
  • Principal Cast: Valerie Pachner, Mavie Horbiger, Pia Hierzegger
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Austria
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 108 minutes
  • Producer: Alexander Glehr, Franz Novotny
  • Screenplay: Marie Kreutzer
  • Cinematographers: Leena Koppe
  • Editors: Ulrike Kofler
  • Music: Kyrre Kvam
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Guadalajara International Film Festival 2019 (Best Performance)
  • Filmography: We Used to Be Cool (2016); Gruber Geht (2015); The Fatherless (2011)
  • Language: German
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Strand Releasing
  • International Sales: Picture Tree International