Second Thoughts – First

German title: Mein Wenn und Aber
2021, 93 minutes - part III

PREVIEWS

KINO WIE NOCH NIE
Open Air Cinema at Augarten | Vienna

July 15, 2022, 21:30h:
Open Air Cinema at Augarten
→ in the presence of Marko Doringer

July 16, 2022, 19:30h:
at Metro Kinokulturhaus

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DATES

WORLD PREMIERE

May 07, 2022 | DOK.fest | Munich

KINO WIE NOCH NIE

Friday, July 15, 2022, 21:30h:
Open Air Cinema at Augarten
→ in the presence of Marko Doringer

Saturday, July 16, 2022, 19:30h:
Metro Kinokulturhaus

MEHR INFOS HIER

FÜNF SEEN FILMFESTIVAL

August 24 – September 04, 2022
Details coming soon!

MEHR INFOS HIER

Theatrical Release in Austria

Friday, December 30, 2022

ABOUT THE FILM

To live your dream, you need to know what you want.

How do you balance a relationship and a career? And with a child on the way, things get even trickier. In SECOND THOUGHTS FIRST, Marko Doringer uses humour and curiosity to explore the daily struggle for success, love and happiness.

Following HALF THE TIME OF MY LIFE and GLOBALLY YOURS, SECOND THOUGHTS FIRST is the third part of a trilogy where Marko Doringer examines the realities of a generation in crisis that is looking for love and happiness. Ironic and analytical at the same time, this film is a feature documentary, a long-term research project and maybe also couples therapy, with plenty of humour and the courage needed for true self-discovery.

  • “Let’s make a baby, it’s now or never”, says Marlene, filmmaker Marko Doringer’s girlfriend. But Marko has mixed feelings about it. He doesn’t have a steady job, and no reliable income. A decent pension, later? Forget it! And now he’s supposed to be a father, with all the responsibilities attached? Then, out of the blue, a protagonist calls to tell him she will drop out of his current project. Marko’s first impulse is to quit and give it all up. But who would he be without his work? He may love-hate it, but work defines who he is. How can all of this fit together with a relationship and family?

    Marko talks to friends, fellow filmmakers and his parents. He wants to find out how they deal with the balancing act between relationships, family and work. His generation is torn apart: On the one side, they love their work. On the other, they’re afraid they won’t be able to give their partners and children what they need. Add to that the fear of repeating the mistakes of their parents. Does anyone have a recipe for a happy and fulfilling life?

    Wolfram wants to build a career and starts a long-distance relationship with Eva at the same time. Does he have to choose between work and love? Shaheen works on projects all over the globe, while Rukhsana stays at home in Germany, missing him. Can things work out between them when the relationship always comes second? Catalina and Paul have a daughter, and a second child is on the way. Will they manage to balance work and family? Marko’s parents, on the other hand, enjoy a comfortable pension. It seems they have made the right choices in life.

    With empathy, persistence and humour, filmmaker Marko Doringer takes a close look at the emotional life of a generation struggling to find its way. Following (HALF) THE TIME OF MY LIFE and GLOBALLY YOURS, this is the latest instalment of Doringer’s Austrian cult series: SECOND THOUGHTS FIRST is a bitter-sweet film about relationships, work, love and the daily struggle for happiness.

FILM STILLS

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • FACTS

    German title:
    Mein Wenn und Aber

    Completion:
    2021

    Length:
    93 minutes

    Original languages:
    German, English, Bengali

    Versions:
    OmU Deutsch, OwS English

    Distributor:
    Austria: polyfilm

  • CREDITS

    with
    Catalina M. & Paul-Julien R.
    Rukhsana & Shaheen D.-R.
    Wolfram H. & Eva L.
    Etty & Heinz D.
    Marlene N., Marko D. & Elsa

    writer, director & camera: Marko Doringer
    assistant director: Stefan Pircher Verdorfer
    script consultant: Andres Veiel
    second camera: Joerg Burger
    sound: Tong Zhang a.o.
    editing: Daniel Flax, Marko Doringer

    music: Elsa Tootsie & the Mini Band,
    .            Les Hommes Sauvages
    sound design: Veronika Hlawatsch
    score mix: Nico Berthold
    studio for score mix: Victoria Studios
    re-recording mix: Bernhard Maisch
    studio re-recording mix: Tremens

    color grading: Klaus Pamminger
    title design: Mieke Ulfig
    social media: Mirela Jasic
    website: Gerhard Roider | roider.at

    commissioning editor: Susanne Spellitz | ORF
    producer: Marko Doringer | Filmfabrik

  • FESTIVALS

    DOK.fest Munich ´22
    Germany

    Kino wie noch nie ´22
    Austria

    Fünf Seen Film Festival ´22
    Germany

  • REVIEWS

    will be updated continuously

  • POSTER

  • TESTIMONIALS

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    FEEDBACK/ IN THEATRE

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    KAY

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    LUCIA

    → A great film!
    DIANA

    → Great, congratulations!
    THOMAS

    → I can’t wait to see the film on the big screen in Vienna.
    SUSANNE

    → I hope the film will soon be screened in Vienna!
    DANIELA

FEATURED MUSIC

Elsa Tootsie and The Mini Band
.            by Daniel Schatz, Artur Nutz
.            & Michael Prehofer
Les Hommes Sauvages
.           by Kristof Hahn (The Swans) a.o.
Sultans of Gedankenbrain
          by Kristof Hahn (The Swans) a.o.

Project Partners

funded by:
Austrian Film Institute
Filmfonds Vienna
FISA – Film Industry Support Austria
Government of Lower Austria
Government of Salzburg

project development also supported by:
Filmfonds Vienna

in cooperation with:
ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen

Austrian theatrical release supported by:
Austrian Film Institute

© Filmfabrik Marko Doringer film production

FUNDING AGENCIES & PROJECT PARTNERS