Joe Paul Kienast - 14'36"



Natalie Dupont suffers from crippling insomnia. She decides to seek professional help and sees psychoanalyst Dr. Mannick. She hopes for improvement of her symptoms with the help of psychoanalyses. When asked about the origin of her insomnia, Natalie claims to have committed a crime. Dr. Mannick is fazed by this confession, yet able to continue the session. He asks her to tell him about the supposed crime. While Natalie tells the story, he tries to figure out if she is telling the truth about the incident. This leads to a game of cat-and-mouse between the two. Every question regarding the motif for her actions is left unanswered by Natalie. Unable to get answers, Dr. Mannick resorts to a little trick of his profession to figure Natalie out. Does she really pose a threat or is she playing a game? He opts for drastic measures to provide Natalie the desired help.


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Joe Paul Kienast

Joe Paul Kienast, born in 1982, studied philosophy and sociology at the University of Bremen as well as film and English at the University of California, LA. From 2009 to 2013 Joe worked at the drama department at the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig. During his doctoral studies, he further studied dramaturgy. Since then Joe worked in film, television, theatre, and advertisement. He currently works as director, story developer, and story liner. The short film THE COUCH makes Joe’s official debut as director.