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Gregor Schmidinger’s debut feature, Nevrland, provides us with a complex and intoxicating mix of themes. Its narrative takes us from modern masculinity to mental health and sexuality. While simultaneously taking us on a journey from adolescence to adulthood. Nevrland cleverly plays with themes of family, suppressed desire and fantasy through Jakob’s journey (Simon Frühwirth) while never allowing for simple answers. Schmidinger’s film is a striking exploration of mental health, desire and self-identity—using a kaleidoscope of powerful imagery to convey the inner turmoil and conflict of teenage life. Here, Schmidinger confidently and artistically uses his CinemaScope vista and dynamic sound to create an inner world of adolescent thoughts, from dream-like feelings of fear to urgent desire. The result is a film that burns with energy and colour, providing a fascinating and intoxicating mix of passion, anxiety and escape in what can only be described as a truly unique vision of the human mind.