DIRECTORS FILMOGRAPHY

Lorenz Merz was born in Zurich from swiss-american parents. After formation in painting, music and photography he studied film at University of the Arts Zurich and Universidad del Cine Buenos Aires. His graduate short ONE DAY AND NOTHING 2008  won several awards, including the Silver Leopard at 61st Locarno IFF and the Swiss Film Award 2009. His feature CHERRY PIE (IFF Locarno 2013/Rotterdam2014) won international awards including the Valencia Moon - Valencia IFF 2014 and was nominated for Best Cinematography at the Swiss Film Awards 2014. With his work as cinematographer he was represented several times at IFF Camerimage (worlds greatest festival dedicated to the art of cinematography). Among other awards he won another two times the Swiss Film Awards - Best Cinematography for SUMMER GAMES (IFF Venice/Toronto 2011 / Official Swiss Entry - 84th Academy Awards  - Best foreign Language Film 2012) and WAR (IFF San Sebastian/Karlovy Vary 2014). In 2013, he and fellow filmmakers founded the Zurich based production company 8horses. He was part of IFF Jury's (68th Locarno IFF Neuchatel Fantastic IFF). Lorenz Merz is member of the EFA European Film Academy, the SFA Swiss Film Academy and the SCS Swiss Cinematographer’s Society. Father of two sons, lives and works in Paris and Zurich. 

 BEAST - SOUL OF YOUTH (IWC Filmmaker Award 2018) will be accomplished in January 2021. 

BEAST - SOUL OF YOUTH 

100min · Color 4:3 DCI (35mm) · CH-German/French

Young father Gabriel takes care alone of his son. 

When he falls in love with enigmatic Corey, a state of emergency is declared. 

Wild animals are on the run and life becomes utterly existential.

Written and Directed by

Lorenz Merz 

Cast

Ella Rumpf  · Pablo Caprez  · Art Bllaca  · Luna Wedler  · Tonatiuh Radzi  · Lolita Chammah

Production Company: Hesse Film

Producer: Simon Hesse & Lorenz Merz 

Associate Producer: venice77 & 8horses

Co-Production: Milan Film / SRF Swiss Televison / Teleclub 

Fund raising: FOC Federal Office of Culture / ZFS Zurich Film Foundation 

Swiss Distributer: Ascot Elite AG

SYNOPSIS

Gabriel, skater and young father, takes care alone of his son Jamie. In a delirious summer night Gabriel’s falls in love with enigmatic Corey, the girlfriend of his best friend Joel. In town a state of emergency is declared - wild animals have escaped from the zoo. When Joel finds out about the betrayal, he reveals insight about Gabriel’s tumultuous real life - There's not only a child, there's also Zoe, the unpredictable mother of his child. In the midst of exhilarating riots caused by the spreading creatures, Gabriel try’s to conquer Cory's perturbed heart. Indeed their connection is huge, bigger than themselves and his child no obstacle. But Jamie is taken in custody while Joel, deeply hurt, speeds up on his motorbike and causes a paradoxical accident.

DIRECTORS NOTE

 

It is mainly the harsh blows that stir up our superficial existence and reveal the core of our being. I witnessed the birth of my first son and the sudden death of my youth friends when I was 18 years old. Paradoxically, I went through these events, with almost identical sensations. So, as if hot and cold water touches the skin at the same time and for a brief moment it‘s not clear, which feeling belongs to which event. Everything around me was more intense than the reality I previously knew. In both moments, an transcendent but raw perception of the world opened up. BEAST is not another coming-of-age but a contemporary coming-into-life film, dedicated to inevitable themes that concern us at all ages.

SYNOPSIS

Gabriel, skater and teenage father, takes care alone of his son Jamie. In a delirious summer night Gabriel’s meets enigmatic Corey, the new girlfriend of his best friend Joel. They fall in love with the presence of an magnificent giraffe. Planets start to turn retrograde and in town a state of emergency is declared - wild animals have escaped from the zoo. When Joel finds out about the betrayal, he reveals insight about Gabriel’s tumultuous real life - There's not only a child, there's also Zoe, the unpredictable mother of his child. In the midst of exhilarating riots caused by the spreading creatures, Gabriel try’s to conquer Cory's perturbed heart. Indeed their connection is huge, bigger than themselves and his child no obstacle. But Jamie is taken in custody while Joel, deeply hurt, speeds up on his motorbike and causes a paradoxical accident.

DIRECTORS NOTE

 

It is mainly the harsh blows that stir up our superficial existence and reveal the core of our being. I witnessed the birth of my first son and the sudden death of my youth love when I was 18 years old. Paradoxically, I went through these events, with almost identical sensations. So, as if hot and cold water touches the skin at the same time and for a brief moment it‘s not clear, which feeling belongs to which event. Everything around me was more intense than the reality I previously knew. In both moments, an transcendent but raw perception of the world opened up. BEAST is not another coming-of-age but a contemporary coming-into-life film, dedicated to inevitable themes that concern us at all ages.

 

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY

Lorenz Merz was born 1981 in Zurich from swiss-american parents. After formation in painting and photography he studied film at University of the Arts Zurich and Universidad del Cine Buenos Aires. His graduate short Un dia y nada 2008 won international awards, including the Silver Leopard at 61st Locarno IFF and the Swiss Film Prize 2009. His first feature film Cherry Pie 2013 (66th Locarno IFF, Rotterdam IFF and others won international awards including the Main Award at Valencia IFF  2014. With his work as cinematographer he was represented several times at the Camerimage IFF (worlds greatest and most recognized festival dedicated to the art of cinematography). Among other awards he won another two times the Swiss Film Prize - Best Cinematography  for Summer Games (Venice 2011) and War (San Sebastian) 2014.In 2013, he and fellow filmmakers founded the Zurich based production company 8horses. He was part of international jurys (Locarno IFF / NIFFF Neuchatel Fantastic IFF 2015). Lorenz Merz is member of EFA European Film Academy, SFA Swiss Film Academy and SCS Swiss Cinematographer’s Society. Father of two sons, lives in Zurich and Paris.