The Familiar // 2021

// Short film

// 11 Minutes / no dialogue / digital / in black and white and in colour / 2.35:1

Cast Markus J. Bachmann, Biniam Graffé // Composer Roman Jungblut

// Cinematographer Linda Schefferski // Producer Nils Ramme

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Teaser // 55"

Alien crashes on an inhospitable planet and tries to contact their home planet. While searching, Alien experiences a world in which Alien is simultaneously trapped and repelled. When discovering someone who returns Alien’s gaze, they create themselves a sanctuary.


The film intends to create a surreal parallel world, reflecting the alien figure's subjective view of our real world/society and to challenge the alien figure to become the most human character in the film.

Past Screenings

2021           Frameline, San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival, USA

2021           NewFest, LGBTQ+ Film and Media, New York, USA

2021           Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Hong Kong

2021           Seattle Queer Film Festival, USA

2021           River Film Festival, Italy

2021           FiSH Festival, Germany

2021           Blonde Cobra Festival, Germany

2021           up-and-coming Film Festival Hannover, Germany

Upcoming Screenings

2022           Online Release on NoBudge.com

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Stills //

full screener available on request