ASTRONAUTS

A SHORT FILM WRITTEN BY MARIANO CABACO & SUZIE LÉGER

SYNOPSIS

Vienna, 2001. CARLA, an Austrian woman in her late twenties and bulimic, became pregnant unintentionally and lives as a single mother under very precarious circumstances. She struggles to have the strength to take responsibility – financially and psychologically – for the baby. While searching for the child’s father, Carla meets in her former favorite karaoke bar a non-binary person from Argentina who is dressed as an ASTRONAUT. The two social outcasts establish a closeness in a short time that some people cannot achieve in years in a confined space. The encounter with the Astronaut gives Carla a new perspective on her reality and the courage to make the most important decision of her life.

Vienna, 2001. CARLA, an Austrian woman in her late twenties and bulimic, became pregnant unintentionally and lives as a single mother under very precarious circumstances. She struggles to have the strength to take responsibility – financially and psychologically – for the baby. While searching for the child’s father, Carla meets in her former favorite karaoke bar a non-binary person from Argentina who is dressed as an ASTRONAUT. The two social outcasts establish a closeness in a short time that some people cannot achieve in years in a confined space. The encounter with the Astronaut gives Carla a new perspective on her reality and the courage to make the most important decision of her life.

DIRECTOR'S NOTES

The human brain automatically organizes people and things into categories to make the world easier to understand for themselves. Discrimination, misunderstandings and fears are mostly the result of this.
ASTRONAUTS deals with questions that are drastic and still hard to make for women today. When the external circumstances are precarious, a lot of feelings of guilt come up when having a child. The first baby hatch was launched in Vienna in 2001 to help parents in such hopeless situations. Being able to bring your child to such a safe place, where they are well looked after, is an important socio-political and women’s rights achievement that is just as important today as it was 20 years ago.

Two strangers from different cultures meet in absurd circumstances – a Karaoke Bar in Vienna-, as outcasts of society. But their cultural differences give them the space to change their perspective on their personal realities. Their initially bumpy conversation gradually develops into a mutual deep understanding of the importance of accepting oneself independently of social norms, judgments and conventions. This encounter turns the two into accomplices in the confrontation with the volatility of existence.

CAST & CREW

CARLA Suzie Léger
ASTRONAUT Mariano  Cabaco
BABY Noah Menclik
BARTENDER Robert Binder
HOTDOG BOOTH EMPLOYEE Peter Esterwitsch
MAN AT HOTDOG BOOTH Rudolf Krenn
WOMAN 1 AT HOTDOG BOOTH Hedwig Thurner
WOMAN 2 AT HOTDOG BOOTH Heidemarie Manzl
CYCLIST Laura Kralik
EXTRAS Ulrike Kreuzer, Lilly Fassl, Julia Klein,
Dorothea Kercz

We would like to give our special thanks to
Marion Holzapfel, Isabella Moder
, Angela Mwanza-Blanke and family,  
Dr. Barbara Legerer

The director gives his special thanks to
Diego Fandos

Song “Über den Wolken” by Reinhard Mey
© by edition Reinhard may GmbH

DIRECTOR Mariano Cabaco
WRITERS Suzie Léger,  Mariano  Cabaco
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Julian Pontoriero, Jorgelina Sofia, Suzie Leger, Mariano Cabaco
FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Laura Posson
DIRECTOR OF CINEMATOGRAPHY Hans Selikovsky
PRODUCERS Atelier Orlando, Suzie Léger, Mariano Cabaco
PRODUCTION DESIGN Ben Sasson
ART DIRECTION Mimi Violette
ART DEPARTMENT
Laurenz Heinz

SOUND DESIGN Petar Mrdjen
SECOND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Vivienne Wallner
CAMERA OPERATOR Simon Selikovsky
FIRST ASSISTANT CAMERA Florian Kellner
GAFFER Heinz Knapp
ELECTRICIAN Dorian Knapp
EDITOR Miguel Lomana
COLOR CORRECTION Frederico Velez
SOUND RECORDIST Petar Mrdjen
SOUND POST PRODUCTION Petar Mrdjen
MAKE UP ARTIST Noemi Sophia James- Buttinger
CATERING Jimena Errecalde, Teresa Zotta
COVID-19 SUPERVISOR Dr. Anna Stojanowa

 

SUZIE
LÉGER

SUZIE LÉGER

Suzie is an Austrian-Canadian actress, artist and punk rock singer. She studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting Conservatory program and at the Susan Batson Studio with the renowned acting coach herself, both in New York.

In Astronauts, Suzie plays her first leading role, travelling on the challenging journey of Carla.

Suzie is also the founder of production hub Atelier Orlando and the front woman of the American punk rock band What Would Tilda Swinton Do. Her awards and prizes include the Ö1 talent award, the START grant from the Austrian chancellery, the main prize of the Russian Videoart Festival Now and After, the prize for best short in the category “Gender constructions” at the Vienna Women’s Film Festival, the Young Female Artist prize of Bildrecht GmbH.

Currently, Suzie is working on several projects. Among them, she plays the leading role in a Brazilian-German Independent film, and is producing a TV show about the extinguished female artists in the women’s movement at the turn of the century.

MARIANO CABACO

MARIANO CABACO

Mariano was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he studied Theatre and Art History.

He then moved to Paris where he reconnected with his passion for Film and decided to start his studies in Film Making in Prague.

Mariano also participated in several projects as an Art Director. And this is his third job as a director after the multi awarded short film Sonntag.
After a long time without performing, Mariano went to New York where he took classes with Susan Batson and he decided to join this adventure also giving life to the challenging role of the Astronaut.

He is currently working on the development of the script of his debut feature film.