Out of Hand

Keller - Teenage Wasteland

A film by Eva Urthaler

in general Feature Film, A / D / I 2005
Genre Coming-of-Age-Drama
length 93 Min
Original verion German

A production of Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion and Känguruh Film and Verdecchi Film. 

With financial support of
Austrian Film Institute, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen, Vienna Film Fund, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MEDIA 


Sebastian and Paul are two boys about 16 years of age who spend all their time drinking, stealing and roaming around the teenage wasteland of the suburbs. It’s not only the emptiness of school life and the coldness waiting for them at home that prompts them to beat people up and set each other tests of courage. It’s the thrill, the sense of testing their limits… and the wolf-like nature deep inside that attracts them to each other.

They construct a lair of their own in a disused factory owned by Sebastian’s father. From the outset it is obvious that Sebastian is the dominant figure in the pair, because he is always prepared to go one step further than Paul. A step too far. One day they abduct the 30-year old Sonja and drag her into their lair. But now what should they do with her? They try out a number of ideas, playing around… and soon the consequences are beyond anyone’s control.

Paul gradually becomes more distant with Sebastian as he starts to feel attracted to Sonja, trying to help her as far as possible. And Sebastian? Sebastian, who wants to appear experienced and adult in Paul’s eyes and can't admit even to himself that he has fallen in love with Paul, soon feels hurt and jealous… and is capable of anything.



  • Price for best Actor - Sergej Moya (Madrid Mostoles IFF 2005)
  • Price for best Newcormer - Ludwig Trepte (Max Ophüls Festival, Saarbrücken 2006)
  • From National Syndicate of Italian Cinematographic Journalists, Price for best European Actress  - Elisabetta Rocchetti (Filmfestival Lecce 2006)




Sergej moya Sebastian
ludwig trepte Paul
elisabetta rocchetti Sonja
georg friedrich Chris
birgit doll Pauls' mother
ana stefanovic Sonjas' colleague


written and directed by
Eva Urthaler
dop Alfio Contini
edited by Gergana Voigt
Music Gerhard Potuznik
production designer Elisabeth Klobassa
costume design by Monika Buttinger
make up design by Nadine Eckstein, Susanne Weichesmiller
sound Frieder Glöckner
Sounddesigner Christian Conrad
Producer Franz Novotny
Co-Producers Volker Ullrich (D), Alessandro Verdecchi (I)


festival internazionale del film locarno 2005
, Locarno
raindance film festival 2005, London (Nomination for best debut film)
valladolid iff 2005, Spain
madrid mostoles iff 2005, Madrid
tallin black night festival 2005, Tallin
max ophüls festival 2006, Saarbrücken
diagonale 2006, Graz
festival del cinema europeo 2006, Lecce
philadelphia iff 2006, Philadelphia


World Premiere:
International Filmfestival Locarno 2005     

Premiere Austria:
Diagonale 2006, Graz




Distribution Austria:


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1050 Vienna
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