10:43 pm - Fate has a plan - 22:43 – Das Schicksal hat einen Plan

German title 10:43 pm - Fate has a plan
Original title 22:43
Country of production Austria
original language Deutsch
Publishing year 2010
Long 93 minutes
Director Markus Hautz
script Markus Hautz
production Markus Hautz
Markus Edelmann
Manuela Posch
Veronika Thajer
music Ingo P. Stefans
Camera Markus Edelmann
cut Markus Edelmann
Laila Alina Reischer at the New York International Film Festival 2011

10:43 p.m. - Das Schicksal has a plan , at international festivals just 10:43 p.m. , is an Austrian low-budget film by the young Bavarian director Markus Hautz , who wrote the screenplay for the film and also appeared as executive producer. The film is based on the urban legend of Rudolph Fentz . The film had its world premiere in December 2010 at the Anchorage International Film Festival in Alaska , the European premiere followed at the Max Ophüls Preis film festivalin January of the following year. Further festivals followed in the course of time, with the film and its participants being nominated several times and in some cases also receiving awards.


The currently unsuccessful and in a downturn, the writer Maximillian "Max" Feldner lives with his girlfriend Hannah and the dog Giacomo on the outskirts of Vienna . Since nobody wants to read his stories and he is in writer's block, he asks his best friend Chris Lechner from the homicide squad for help. He finally hands him a 15-year-old police file, from which the author draws his inspiration. After seeing the finished manuscript, which is titled Present Pastcarries, presents to a renowned publisher, his work is rejected again. This saddened the unsuccessful book author so much that he decided to withdraw completely and to leave his "literary attempts at walking" entirely. One night, Max Feldner, who is chasing after his dog, is almost hit by a car, which does not kill him, but catapults him into the future for three years. Through this time travel he gets into various grievances. Suddenly other people live in his actual house on the outskirts of Vienna, which is why Feldner is arrested by the police for breaking into his own house. In addition, his girlfriend Hannah is dead. His best friend Chris, who had been looking for him for months and also picked him up from the police station, doesn't quite handle the situation, but tries to help his buddy. The longer Max lives in this new world, the sooner he realizes that his book has something to do with the death of his girlfriend, who always supported him in the old world. He also makes the acquaintance of a new Hannah, who identifies herself with full name as Hannah Wolf.


The screenplay was written by the director and executive producer Markus Hautz himself. As the basis of his screenplay, he cites the legend of Rudolph Fentz , who was probably born in 1847 and, after suddenly disappearing in 1876, in New Yorkreappeared in the 20th century. The completely disoriented and confused-looking man, who was described by passers-by as around 30 years old and dressed in the fashion of the late 19th century, is said to have suddenly stood in the middle of an intersection. There he was immediately hit by an approaching taxi and was fatally injured in the process. When examining the corpse, numerous items from the 19th century were finally found. Research by a police captain finally revealed that it really was Fentz, who disappeared in 1876.

After this modern saga circulated around the world for decades, initially mainly in the United States , it was branded as fictitious in August 2002. Research showed that the story of Rudolph Fentz came from a work by the sci-fi author Jack Finney .

Inspired by this story, Markus Hautz wrote his own script and combined it with the elements of chance and fateto build your own story around the modern legend. He did not want to let his character die while immersing himself in the new world, as was the case with Fentz, but rather offer him the opportunity to realize that he has created this future alone and alone. The protagonist should be shown that bad things will happen to him if he continues his life as before without changing anything. Over time, the protagonist has to realize that his real passion, writing, is to blame for all the suffering and grief in the future. In doing so, the main character realizes that he has to throw away everything that he has fought for so long, and also has to destroy the manuscript that is to blame for all the disaster. In doing so, the character wants to save the lives of loved ones and his own.

Markus Hautz, who wanted to bring the script and, accordingly, the film to a philosophical level, as a screenwriter asked himself some fundamental questions, for example whether you can change your own future if you already knew it. Hautz also incorporated elements from various films and television series, which he himself "loves more than anything and still watches today". Among other things, there are allusions and homages to the television series Lost or the X-Files as well as the film Back to the Future , which can be found primarily in the dialogues and image levels. Some of these references are obvious, others are difficult to find and tend to be hidden. The working titleof the film was The Manuscript . [1]


Markus Hautz describes the production of the film as probably the most difficult thing he has done in his life so far. The film is based on around two years of work that Hautz invested in the production. At first, Hautz worked with his cameraman and film editor Markus Edelmann on a horror film that was to be set in 19th century Austria. But when this project was not promising, Hautz decided on a completely different project after Edelmann told him the Urban Legend of Rudolph Frentz during a break. The framework for 22:43 was then within 15 minutescreated. The actual work on the script ultimately took around six months, with each version becoming even better according to their own statements. While the project was already in preproduction, the financial situation was problematic at the same time, as the team did not fall back on funding and wanted to try it with its own resources. With Manuela Posch and Veronika Thajer finally two young producers who were inspired by the film idea so and financed the film along with Hautz and gentleman out of pocket before they decided to can also be financed by sponsors found.

According to the company, this was followed by an intensive period in which one concentrated on the script, the location search, the casting and the discussions with the various departments or the rehearsals. After the shooting and editing of the film, the production team received funding for post-production from the City of Vienna's Department of Culture (MA 7). This money was used to visit a recording studio, where professional sound work was carried out and the sound editing , sound design , dubbing and mixing were taken care of. The recording studio that was responsible for this was the Tonschmiede Der Much, overseen by Ing.Michael Tuschek, in the immediate vicinity of WU Vienna. In addition, Konstantin Drossos helped with the sound design, who also worked as sound engineer on the set . At the same time, Hautz was working on the music for the film with the Munich composer Ingo P. Stefans . The theme music was finally recorded in spring 2010 at the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts in just one day with a 40-person orchestra. The music itself was composed by Stefans, the sheet music was also written by him and the recordings were made. The composer also acted as a conductor and was also involved in mixing the music.

The Vienna-based company Industrial Motion Art , represented by Reinhold Fragner and Martina Fröschl, was responsible for the visual effects and color correction . The film was shot in HD resolution and the storage medium used was Digital Betacam in PAL format with an aspect ratio of 16: 9 . After all work had been completed by July 2010, the next major step was started, the marketing of the film, which the team had been busy with for months or more than a year. Marketing included making it public on portals such as YouTube and Facebookor Twitter or sending e-mails. Attempts were also made to make the film better known by showing it at certain festivals. In addition, the film was sponsored by Bild [er] folge - Association for the Promotion of Film Art .

Filming locations, language and casting

The film was shot exclusively in the Austrian capital Vienna in 2009 , whereby only a few scenes were recorded in the area around the city in Lower Austria . The three-week filming began in April 2009, after cutting the film, which took half a year, you had to start again in autumn 2009 to re-shoot because some scenes were not satisfactory. One of the locations was the Vienna Central Cemetery .

In addition, a music video was shot in Vienna with the local band One Two Three Cheers and a Tiger , who contributed two songs to the film.

As many viewers and critics were surprised at the festivals, the film mostly speaks in almost perfect German, although there are also dialogues in dialect or in Viennese from certain characters .

Since the production team wanted a mix of young actors and actors who were already much more experienced so that the boys could also learn something, it was finally decided to mix these age groups. Since Markus Hautz, who came to Austria because of his studies but grew up in the German part on the Bavarian-Austrian border, already had ideas of what his characters should look like, he initially selected the people according to their appearance. The selection made in this way was contacted and convinced by the film until a cast was finally brought together. Due to the limited financial resources available for the production of the film, the actors and crew had to forego a fee.


Despite a small budget, director Hautz was able to engage well-known actors for the project. Martin Loos can be seen in the main male role . He is mainly known to the Austrian audience for his roles in Falco and In Three Days You're Dead (Part 2) . He was also able to engage a well-known Austrian actress for the role of Hannah Wolf . Laila Alina Reischer ( The Fencers, Tatort - Tree of Redemption ) has already stood in front of the camera with Hollywood actors such as Noah Huntley, Nick Moran and Matthieu Almaric. For the role of Hannah Wolf in 22:43 , she finally got theTake home the Best Supporting Actress award at NYCIFF 2011 .


Awards and nominations (selection)




Sources and individual references

  • When & Where Vorarlberg from December 8, 2010; P. 55
  • Kronen Zeitung Vienna - Laila Alina Reischer - She came, saw and won on August 31, 2011; P. 24
  1. Note on the official website of Michael-Joachim Heiss , accessed on September 14, 2011
  2. 2011 Silver Palm Award Winners ( Memento from April 27, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) (English), accessed on September 14, 2011
  3. Silvia Schantl: A media all-rounder. Kleine Zeitung , September 10, 2011, archived from the original on September 11, 2014 . ;(English)