Topfpalmen (Potted Palm Trees)

Topfpalmen (Potted Palm Trees)

Directed by Rosa Friedrich

Genre Fiction
Country Austria / Germany
Year 2020
Length 20 min
Formats DCP
Sound 5.1
Version English subtitles


Alf marries someone else. And nobody wants Betti’s baby. The ballroom is jam-packed and the mood alarmingly good. Something is about to burst. The pregnant belly of deaf Betti? Her stepfathers’s patience? Or the wine-filled bladder of his ex-wife?


family relationships, love, dance, pregnancy, black humor, marginality, mother-daughter relationships, lonelyness, absurd, preteen, handicap


Rosa Friedrich, born in 1989 in East Berlin, studies directing at the Vienna Film Academy, exploring a playful and exotic approach to filmmaking. Her bachelor film “Topfpalmen” (2020) was invited to Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and nominated for the First Steps Award. She studied philosophy, psychology and film studies and led expressive dance and theater groups.


Maresi Riegner
Henny Reents
Lars Rudolph



Dominic Spitaler (Film Academy Vienna)


Rosa Friedrich


Albert Car


Jan Klammer & Valentin Hämmerle

EDITING Svenja Plaas
Sound Kai Shimada
Music Various Artists


First Steps Award – Best Short Film Nomination
Austrian Film Awards – Shortlist Best Short Film
Tel Aviv Student Film Festival – Best Screenplay


Karlovy Vary | Out Of Competition | European Film Promotion - Future Frames |2020|
Prague Short Film Festival, Czech Republic |2021|
Desertscape International Film Festival, US |2021|
Les Femmes Underground Los Angeles, US |2021|
Genre Blast Wisconsin, US |2021|
Tel Aviv Student Film Festival, Israel |2021|
Thess Int. Short Film Festival, Greece |2021|
Aesthetica Film Festival, UK |2021|
Cinema on the Bayou, US |2022|
Sehsüchte Potsdam, Germany |2021|
Filmschoolfest Munich, Germany |2021|
Diagonale Graz, Austria | 2021|
VIS Vienna Shorts Festival, Austria |2021|
Austrian Film Awards (Österreichischer Filmpreis), Austria |2021|
Reaktor International Film Festival, Austria |2021|
Linz International Short Film Festival, Austria |2021|
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Canada |2021|
SPASM, Canada |2021|