Busan: German Short-Film Oscar Winner to Debut First Feature

Lotte Entertainment
Busan 2013

'Toyland' director Jochen Alexander Freydank will screen 'Kafka's The Burrow' at the Korean fest

German director Jochen Alexander Freydank, who won an Oscar for best short film in 2009 for Toyland, will premiere his debut feature  next month at the Busan International Film Festival.

Kafka's The Burrow (Kafkas Der Bau) will debut at the South Korean fest, which will run Oct. 2-11. It will present 301 films from 70 countries. The film will then have its European bow at the Warsaw Film Festival later next month.

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Freydank wrote, directed and produced the film, which stars German actor Axel Prahl in the lead role. It tells the story of a man's "metamorphosis," to use an expression from Kafka, in a rapidly changing and increasingly isolated world.

The film is produced by Mephisto Film, with Beta Cinema handling world sales and Neue Visionen Filmverleih handling the theatrical release in Germany. Kafka's The Burrow was funded by Saarmedien, the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) and nordmedia in cooperation with ARTE, SR and BR.