Brothers of the Night


Additional Film Info

Austria, 88 mins
German, Bulgarian Romani

Synopsis & Trailer

In an underworld, against the backdrop of the Danube and Vienna’s skyline, live the underdogs of respectable society. Sporting their leather jackets like suits of armour, these Bulgarian Roma pose, play and seduce Marlon Brando style. They moved to Vienna in search of an adventure, freedom and a quick buck, but poverty has drawn them to sell their bodies instead. Sucked into an inescapable nocturnal life, they spend their nights servicing their customers, often lonely men living in public housing. They call it ‘doing business’ to make a clear distinction between work and pleasure. Their curse is their good looks, but as the twilight hours draw near, their second life begins in their strive to support their families and children back home. However, there is a ray of comfort in their feeling of togetherness, where they can be young, reckless and free for the very first time.

Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 14.19.58Born in Vienna in 1975, Patric studied fashion design in Paris, then editing at INSAS school in Brussels. He lives and works in Paris. Since 2001 he made short films which have received many awards. His first feature Domaine starring Beatrice Dalle premiered at the Biennale di Venezia. His comedy Boys Like Us had its cinema release in 2014.


Directors, Producers and Crew

Script & Director: Patric Chiha
Production: Ebba Sinzinger & Vincent Lucassen WILDart FILM
Director of photography: Klemens Hufnagl
Assistant camera: Mathias Seebacher
Additional assistant camera: Marion Priglinger
Color correction: Andi Winter
Sound & Sound design: Atanas Tcholakov
Sound editor: Nils Kirchhoff
Sound mixing: Alexander Koller
Editor assistant: Lisa Geretschläger
Editor: Patric Chiha
Editing advisor: Karina Ressler
Assistant director & Research: Marlies Faulend & Denise Teipel
Second assistant director & Translation: Svetlomir Slavchev
Additional assistance: Thomas Gyöngy & Todor Ovtcharov & Antonia Bernkopf
Translation Bulgarian: Antoniya Tsinova
Translation Romany: Saša Barbul & Mozes F. Heinschink
Production management: Vincent Lucassen
Production assistant: Antonia Bernkopf & Cornelia Selch
Co-produced by ORF
Supported by Austrian Federal Chancellery - Arts and Culture
Film Location Austria
Cultural Department of the City of Vienna MEDIA - Creative Europe
Brouillon d’un rêve de la Scam


Berlinale 2016 - Panorama
IndieLisboa Film Festival
Transilvania International Film Festival
Curitiba International Film Festival - Special Jury Prize
Valetta Film Festival
Bogota International Film Festival
Bergen International Film Festival - Best Documentary
Cambridge Film Festival
RIDM - International Competition