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Kafka, Ganja, Maniacs

Original Title: Kafka, Kiffer und Chaoten

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It is summer and five overly-seasoned college students have been given the task of writing a group paper on Franz Kafka’s “The Country Doctor.” At first they are reluctant, but in a cloud of hashish they come up with the idea to film the story instead. Their film location is a campsite in Sicily, which they had already booked ages ago for summer vacation. The technical department consists of a couple “unique” men from the Vienna film scene. To everyone’s surprise, they even manage to get Kafka himself to play a supporting role in the film.

KAFKA, GANJA, MANIACS parodies bizarre artists in a crazy road movie with some animation, video clips, and musical interludes mixed in. Incidentally, Kafka himself also gets the chance to revise his life story and finally live out the rest of his days in happiness.

Technical Information

2014; Austria; Road-movie; 84 minutes; DCP, HDCAM-SR; 1:1.85; Dolby SRD; Original Language: German; Subtitles: English


Kurt Palm


Kurt Palm, Reinhard Jud


Martin Putz


Karina Ressler, Stefan Fauland


Chrono Popp


Fischer Film


Markus Fischer


Renato Uz


Michaela Mandel


Regina Breitfellner


Roland Winkler


Marc Fischer


Karin Yoko Jochum


Max Mayer


Julia Jelinek


In 1981 Palm wrote his dissertation on Brecht and Austira at the University of Salzburg. Since 1982, Kurt Palm works as a director, writer and educational worker. In 1989 he founded the legendary theater group Sparverein “Die Unzertrennlichen” in Vienna. From 1994 to 1996 he directed 24 episodes of the show hosted by Hermes Phettberg. Since November 19th 1998 Palm is a member of the Society of Jem Casey, Dublin. He lives in Vienna and Litzlberg am Attersee.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2005 The Measuring of the Calves

2003 The Cut Through the Throat

1997 At Swim-Two-Birds


Feature Documentary

2007 Hermes Phettberg, Wretch

coming soon…

coming soon…


After finishing high school (1979) and job training, Markus Fis­cher began working as a cinematographer. In 1988 he passed the state-certified producer exam and founded Fischer Markus Film­produktion, based in Linz, Upper Austria. 

In 1998, Markus Fischer decided to take a further step towards more independence and founded the Vienna-based Fischer Film GmbH. 

With this company, it is Fischer’s goal to develop and produce Aus­trian films by well known filmmakers, as well as by young and tal­ented writers, directors and artists and also European Co-Produc­tions. Markus Fischer is a member of the “aafp – Association of Austrian Film Producers,” the Association of the Music and Film Industry Austria, and an EAVE graduate (Les Entrepre­neurs de l’Audiovisuel Europeen).

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2014 Kafka, Ganja, Maniacs

2007 Midsummer Madness

2005 Fremde Haut

2004 Fräulein Phyllis


Feature Documentary

2012 Slatin Pascha

2011 Gas Monopoly