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Kafka's The Burrow
(Kafkas Der Bau)

Year: 2015
Country: GERMANY
Run Time: 110 minutes

Kafka's The Burrow
Kafka's The Burrow
Kafka's The Burrow

Franz lives in a high security, prison-like apartment complex with his wife and children. Franz senses threats gathering against him, threats that are mounting and that even his manic additional security measures may not deter. What are these dangers amassing about him? Who is behind them? Who has installed these surveillance cameras? And what is this door found behind peeling wallpaper? Franz retreats to the deepest part of his apartment, an area he calls The Burrow, which is the only place he feels safe. Here he plots and theorizes, filming his own record of events. As his fears mount, the very building around him begins decaying and strange people start prowling about. Is the real world unraveling and closing in for the kill, or is it his own mind? Based on an unfinished story by Franz Kafka, KAFKA'S THE BURROW brilliantly creates a visual and cerebral atmosphere of dread and isolation. Using Kafka's own words as narration, this is an enthralling nightmare of paranoia, societal decay, and murder. (In German with subtitles) –C.R.

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Jochen Alexander Freydank

Jochen Alexander Freydank was born in 1967 in Berlin, Germany. He is a writer, producer, editor, and director who has worked in both television and film. His short film, "Toyland," won the 2009 Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film as well as the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the 33rd CIFF.


Jochen Alexander Freydank

Jochen Alexander Freydank

Egon Werdin

Philipp Schmitt

Principal Cast
Axel Prahl, Kristina Klebe, Josef Hader

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