• 2023 | Fiction | 118' | Germany, Austria, Switzerland

The Universal Theory

1962. Johannes Leinert (Jan Bülow), together with his doctoral advisor (Hanns Zischler), travels to a physics congress in the Swiss Alps, where an Iranian scientist is set to reveal a "groundbreaking theory of quantum mechanics". But when the physicists arrive at the five star hotel, the Iranian guest is nowhere to be found. In the absence of a new theory to be discussed, the physics community patiently turns to skiing. Johannes, however, remains at the hotel to work on his doctor’s thesis, but soon finds himself distracted, developing a special fascination with Karin, a young jazz pianist (Olivia Ross). Something about her seems strange, elusive. She seems to know things about him - things that he thought only he knew about. When one of the German physicists is found dead one morning, two inspectors arrive on the scene, investigating a homicide case. As increasingly bizarre cloud formations appear in the sky, the pianist disappears without a trace - and Johannes finds himself dragged into a sinister story of false memories, real nightmares, impossible love and a dark, roaring mystery hidden beneath the mountain.
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Timm Kröger
Production Fiction in co-production with The Barricades, Panama Film, Catpics, and ZDF, SRF, in association with ARTE, ORF
Die Beauftrage der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Österreichisches Filminstitut, FISA-Filmstandort Austria, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Bundesamt für Kultur BAK, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Zürcher Filmstiftung, Filmfonds Wien, Land Niederösterreich, Cine Tirol Film Commission, FFA, Comeback Zuschuss für Film und TV-Dreharbeiten, Neustart Kultur, Kanton Zürich Fachstelle Kultur, Focal, development supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
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Venice International Film Festival 2023 (Main Competition, BISATO D'ORO for BEST FILM awarded by the Jury of Independent Critics), Filmfest Hamburg 2023 (German Premiere), L'étrange festival Paris 2023 (French Premiere), Sitges International Film Festival 2023 (Spanish Premiere), Gilde Filmpreis 2023 / Bester Film/ Best Film (national)

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