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by Nicolas Steiner
Germany/Switzerland 2015 118 min. English original version with German subtitles

sat 21 nov 5:30 pm Caligari FilmBühne

Script: Nicolas Steiner, DoP: Markus Nestroy, Editor: Kaya Inan, Production: maximage, Flying Moon, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Producers: Brigitte Hofer, Cornelia Seitler, Helge Albers, with: Edward „Lalo the Godfather“ Cardenas, Cynthia „Cindy“ Goodwin, Richard „Rick“ F. Ethredge

Trailer ABOVE AND BELOW (UT D) von Nicolas Steiner from maximage on Vimeo.

Far away and out of sight, that’s where April, Dave, Cindy, Rick and the Godfather are creating life on their own terms. From the depths of the flood channels under Sin City, to a reclaimed military bunker in the middle of the dusty, heated Californian nowhere land to beyond the stratosphere where Mars now lives on earth. Each individual has been watched on this slow rollercoaster ride called life.
"This documentary by director Nicolas Steiner focuses on five individuals who encapsulate the spirit of American Exceptionalism at its most intense." (

Biography: Nicolas Steiner was born in 1984 in Switzerland and grew up in a small village in Valais, the Southern Mountain part of Switzerland. During his time at high school he worked both as an actor in several Swiss feature films and also as a gravedigger. In 2005/06 he attended the European Film College in Denmark before studying Ethnology and Film Studies for a year at the University of Zurich. As of 2007 he learnt the director’s handicraft at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. ABOVE AND BELOW is his graduation film and also his feature-length directorial debut.

Filmography (selection): 2010 ICH BIN’S. HELMUT (short film, ex 23), 2011 KAMPF DER KÖNIGINNEN (short film, ex 24), 2015 ABOVE AND BELOW

Awards: German Documentary Film Music Award (DOK.fest Munich, Germany 2015), FIPRESCI Award (Message to Man International Film Festival, Saint Petersburg/Russia 2015), Millenium Award (Doc Against Gravity Film Festival, Warsaw/Poland 2015)

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