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Fox In A Hole

Original Title: FUCHS IM BAU

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Short Synopsis

When Fuchs starts his new job as a teacher in a prison school, replacing the old and unconventional teacher Berger against her will, he is forced to confront his biggest fear, triggered by the mysterious, withdrawn inmate Samira.


The ambitious middle school teacher HANNES FUCHS (39) is assigned to a prison school alongside the older prison schoolteacher ELISABETH BERGER (60) whose unconventional methods keep her inmate students busy and on their toes. For WEBER (54) the department commander of the juvenile detention wing, Berger is a security risk.

Fuchs is eager to prove himself a suitable prison teacher, but soon realizes that Berger won’t let anyone get too close. While Weber tries to pit both teachers against each other, Berger slowly makes Fuchs her accomplice. When Fuchs instructs the inmates alone for the first time, it comes to an inevitable confrontation between him and the class…

Technical Information

2020; Drama; Austria; 103 minutes; DCP, ProResHQ; Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1; Mix: 5.1; Original Language: German; Subtitles: English

Arman T. Riahi

Mario Minichmayr

Martin Reiter

Atanas Tcholakov

Karina Ressler

Karwan Marouf

Monika Buttinger

Birgit Beranek

Nicole Schmied

Christine Schwarzinger

Arash T. Riahi & Karin C. Berger

Golden Girls

Aleksandar Petrovic as Hannes Fuchs

Maria Hofstätter as Elisabeth Berger

Luna Jordan as Samira Spahic

Andreas Lust as Weber

Sibel Kekilli as Tara Ketabi

Karl Fischer as Rudolf Vanicek

Anica Dobra as Leyla

Arman T. Riahi
Director, scriptwriter, dramatic advisor

Arman T. Riahi was born in Iran and grew up in Vienna, Austria, where he directed his first short films as a teenager. He studied media technologies and worked as a screen- and graphic designer in London & Vienna. His first cinema doc Dark Head (2011) opened the documentary competition of the 17th Sarajevo FF, won the Audience Award at the Diagonale Festival of Austrian Film and the Special Jury Mention Award at the Docudays Beirut Int’l Documentary FF. His second cinema doc Everyday Rebellion (2014), co-directed with his brother Arash, was screened at over 60 international film festivals. Riahi’s first feature film, the comedy The Migrumpies, has won Audience Awards in Nashville and Saarbrücken, the ROMY for Best Script and was one of the most successful Austrian cinema movies of 2017 with over 90.000 admissions. In 2019, it was successfully adapted by Riahi, Petrović and Rahoma for theaters. Since 2013, Riahi is a lecturer at the masterclass Film/TV of the University of Applied Sciences for Media Technology in St. Pölten.

Selected Works

Fox In A Hole (Drama, Written & Directed by Arman T. Riahi, 103 Min.) Award of the Youth Jury, Best Director and Best Script (Fritz-Raff-Drehbuchpreis) at 42nd Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis

The Migrumpies (stage play for Viennese Theater in der Josefstadt)

The Migrumpies (Comedy, 90min, Written & Directed by Arman T. Riahi, co-written by Aleksandar Petrović and Faris Rahoma)

Kinders (Cinema Documentary, 90min, co-written and -directed with Arash T. Riahi), Special Jury Prize Sarajevo Film Festival 2017, Diagonale ’16 Audience Award

Everyday Rebellion (Cinema Documentary, 52/118min, co-written and directed with Arash T. Riahi), CPH:DOX 2013 Politiken Audience Award, Cinema for Peace Award, IDFA Panorama, Biennale 2013 BEN Best Transmedia Project, ARTE Pixel Pitch Prize 2012 Best Cross-Media Project & over 60 international film festivals)

Dark Head (Cinema Documentary, 90min) Diagonale 2011 Audience Award; Special Jury Mention Award Docudays Beirut Int’l Documentary Film Festival; Opening Film documentary competition Sarajevo FF)

October 2020
Warsaw IFF Official Competition

January 2021
Max Ophüls Preis Official Competition Awards: Preis der Jugendjury, best script, best director

June 2021
Opening film of Diagonale 21
28th Art Film Fest Košice

July 2021
Pula Film Festival

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