In a delirious summer rush, teenage father Gabriel falls in love with enigmatic Corey, the girlfriend of his best friend Joel. Overwhelmed with the decision of his life Gabriel is catapulted into the unforgiving wilderness of his heart, where imagination is more real than reality.

Press Quotes

"Merz succeeds in treading the line between film genres - post-apocalyptic films, coming of age tales, Samurai sagas, etc. - without ever sliding into pure compilation. Soul of a Beast is a genuine punch to the guts"

"A giddily intoxicating experience"
Original Title Soul of a Beast
Directed by Lorenz Merz
Starring Ella Rumpf, Pablo Caprez, Tonatiuh Radzi, Luna Wedler, Lolita Chammah, Angelique La Douce
Genre Drama, Romance
Running time 110 min
Language French, Swiss German
Nationality Switzerland
Scriptwriter Lorenz Merz
Cinematographer Laszlo Ovlinsky, Fabian Kimoto
Produced by Hesse Film in association with 8horses
in Co-Production with Schweizer Radio & Fernsehen SRF / Milan Film , Blue Entertainment, The Hub Media
Local Release 2022 Apr 14
Film Status Completed


World Premiere, Locarno, 74° Locarno Film Festival

Saarbrucken, 43rd Film Festival Max Ophüls Prize Saarbrucken

Solothurn, 57th Solothurn Film Days

North American Premiere, Miami Int. Film Festival - official competition selection

Washington Independent FF - Official Selection

Mamers en Mars FF - French Premiere - Official Selection

L'Europe Autour de l'Europe FF - Official Selection

Cleveland International Film Festical - Official Selection

Paris European IFF - ÉCU - Official Selection

BAFICI - Latin American Premiere

Uruguay IFF - Uruguay premiere - Swiss Focus

Fantaspoa Film Festival Brazil - Brazilian Premiere - International competition

Zlín Children's FF - Czech Republic Premiere - Official Selection

Shanghai International Film Festival 2023 - Asian Premiere - Panorama Section


Fantaspoa Film Festival Brazil - Best Screenplay Award

Miami Film Festival Best Trailer Award 2022

Saarbrücken, Film Festival Max Ophüls Award 2022 for Best Director, Best Young Actor and Best Feature Film

Locarno Film Festival, Special Mention Pardo, Ecumenical Award .

Swiss Film Awards 2022, 8 nominations: Best Fiction Film, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Film Score, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Performance in a Supporting Role and Best Sound 2022.

Swiss Film Awards 2022 - Winner for Best Film Score 2022;  Best Cinematography 2022 and Special Academy Award to Nicole Hoesli for Production Design

Mamers en Mars Film Festival 2022 - Awarded with an “Honorable Mention” from the "Jury des Élus”

ECU European Independent Film Festival - Awarded with "Europe’s Best Independent Film" and "Best Actor" for Pablo Caprez

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