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The Phenomenon „hysterical strength“ is a display of extreme strength by humans, beyond what is believed to be normal, usually occurring when people are in life and death situations.

We witness a mother giving birth to her child. Rather than seeing things on a realistic level, we follow things happening on a more metaphorical side.

The focus of the action is the challenge of birth, which presents itself as an extreme situation in which it becomes literally a matter of life and death.

Basic information

Genre: Action Film, Drama, Advertising Film

Production year: 2016
Running Time: 02:20 min.

Original language: English


Director: Martin Lapp
Cinematography: Christopher McKissick
VFX Supervision: Martin Lapp
Technical Directing: Johannes Franz
Film Music: Petteri Sainio
Sounddesign: Tobias Scherer
Editing: Raquel Caro Nunez
Production Design: Tonia Hochsieder
Executive Producer: Anica Maruhn, Tobias Gerginov
Production Company: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH
Animation-­/ VFX-Producing : Francesco Faranna


Leonie Parusel


Teheran Tehran International Animation Festival 2019
Bristol Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival 2018
Katowice Ars Independent Festival 2018
Linz Prix Ars Electronica 2018
Baden Fantoche Internationales Festival für Animationsfilm 2018
Badalona Festival Internacional de Filmets de Badalona 2017
Barcelona ArtFutura Festival of Digital Culture and Creativity 2017
Kaufbeuren Filmzeit Kaufbeuren 2017
Melbourne MIAF Melbourne International Animation Festival 2017
Teesside Animex Students Animations Awards 2017
Stuttgart ITFS Internationales Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart 2017
Los Angeles VES Awards 2017
Illmenau Kurzfilmnacht Illmenau 2017
Macao Siggraph Asia 2016
Stuttgart Filmschau Baden-Württemberg 2016
Rio de Janeiro Anima Mundi 2016


Teesside Animex Students Animations Awards 2017
Student - Visual Effects
Los Angeles VES Awards 2017
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
Macao Siggraph Asia 2016
Best Student Project Award

Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg
Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien