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Superfilm Filmproduktions GmbH, based in Munich and Vienna, was founded in 2006 by John Lueftner and David Schalko. 

With the aim of telling extraordinary stories and producing high-end entertainment shows, the company quickly developed into a brand for quality television and films with a distinctive signature.   

From the multi-award-winning "Sendung ohne Namen" to late-night shows such as "Willkommen Österreich" or "Ringlstetter" to series with an international reputation such as "Braunschlag", "Altes Geld", "M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder" and "Ich und die Anderen", the company has clearly positioned itself for entertainment with high standards.

For some years now, Superfilm has been increasingly concentrating on bringing talents together across borders and developing and realizing films and series for the international market at a high level. Superfilm is also a pioneer in Austria when it comes to green production.


KAFKA 2024
Genre:             Biopic
Director:         David Schalko
Screenplay:     Daniel Kehlmann

Cast:                Joel Basman , David Kross, Nicholas Ofczarek, Marie-Lou Sellem, Maresi Riegner, Robert Stadlober, Tobias Bamborschke, Lia von Blarer, Liv Lisa Fries, Tamara Romera Ginés, Michael Maertens, Jan Bülow, Charly Hübner, Robert Palfrader, Laurence Rupp, Christian Friedel, Lars Eidinger, Konstantin Fran, Verena Altenberger, Johannes Silberschneider, André Pohl and many more.

Franz Kafka is one of the most important writers of the 20th century – his writings are strange and dark, his personality is complicated, his influence is undiminished. But without his best friend’s breach of trust, the world would never have known about Kafka. 

Franz Kafka, born in Prague in 1883, is a complicated man: he doesn’t have an easy time with women, he doesn’t like going to the office and his tyrannical father makes his life difficult. But his passion is writing – night after night he works on his dark stories, even if he is never satisfied with the results. Franz’s best friend, the author Max Brod, firmly believes in Kafka’s genius and does everything he can to make him famous as a writer – even against his will.

“Kafka,” tells of love, friendship, and family – but it is also an insight into Kafka’s and our nightmare fantasies: a castle that can never be reached, an accusation against which one cannot defend oneself, a father who forbids the child to grow up, a machine that tortures people to death. And yet Franz Kafka also struggles with the impositions of everyday life in a time of enormous upheaval: the impossibility of a relationship in the midst of work and duty, the family’s expectations of an overburdened son, modern vegan food alongside Sunday roasts on the bourgeois dining table. A surprising look at a genius who teaches the people around him to see the world as they have never seen it before.

Berlinale series market 2024

Genre:             Drama 
Director:          Dominik Hartl, Johanna Moder 
Screenplay:     Samuel R. Schultschik 

Cast:               Emilia Warenski, Luna Mwezi, Imre Lichtenberger, Moritz Uhl, Mikka Forcher, Jakob seeböck, Josephine Ehlert, Judith Altenberger, Ferdinand Hofer, Anna Thunhart, Gregor Seberg, Simon Hatzl, Thoma Mraz, Gisela Salcher, Ferdinand Seebacher

A class at a renowned Austrian ski academy, a training center with an international reputation, and graduates who regularly dominate professional skiing. But the road to the top is icy – even off the slopes. Of the many international applicants, only ten teenagers are accepted at the school after a grueling admissions process: This year, Nikki (Imre Lichtenberger), the sporty but undisciplined son of headmaster Mark, Nawal (Luna Mwezi), the focussed racer from Switzerland, Luca (Mikka Forcher), a young introverted South Tyrolean, Daniela (Emilia Warenski), the local racing hope, and George (Moritz Uhl), the quiet man from Munich, make it in together with five other young talents. But this is just the beginning of their long journey.

ICH UND DIE ANDERN (Me and the Others) 2021

Genre:             Comedy 
Director:        David Schalko 
Screenplay:     David Schalko 

Cast:                 Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Lars Eidinger, Martin Wuttke, Sophie Rois, Michael Maertens, Sarah Viktoria Frick, and many more

Six episodes tell the story of a character who struggles with the world and himself and is allowed to reshuffle the cards in each episode. What happens to the “I” when the relationship to the environment is constantly changing?

Premiered at Berlinale series 2021

Genre:             Thriller
Director:         David Schalko
Screenplay:     Evi Romen, David Schalko

Cast:                Christian Dolezal, Sarah Viktoria Frick, Lars Eidinger, Verena Altenberger, Marleen Lohse, Moritz Bleibtreu,                                  Dominik Maringer, Bela B Felsenheimer, Udo Kier, Johanna Orsini-Rosenberg, Julia Stemberger, Gerhard                                    Liebmann and many more

Vienna in the dead of winter. An annoyed mother sends her little daughter back to the playground to retrieve a forgotten jacket. A whistling behind the curtain of snow. The little girl follows the lure and vanishes without a trace. A child murderer is afoot. The police are helpless and speeding at idle speed. The Minister of the Interior exploits the incidents politically for his own purposes. The yellow press is instigating and the people get more and more nervous - the city seems full of suspects. More and more children disappear and as the dead bodies appear in the melting snow the situation escalates. The only focus is on finding the killer. “M” becomes a public case. Total surveillance, fake news, agitation on the net. Arbitrary arrests. The criminal underworld is made to look like fools which they don’t put up with, though. They actually do the work of the police and search for the murderer. M – a city hunts a murderer.

Premiered at Berlinale Series 2019

Genre:            Comedy
Director:        David Schalko
Screenplay:    David Schalko

Cast:               Udo Kier, Sunnyi Melles, Nora Von Waldstätten, Nicholas Ofczarek, Manuel Rubey

Multibillionaire Rolf Rauchensteiner (Udo Kier) is in urgent need of a liver. Reluctantly, his wife Liane (Sunnyi Melles) brings together the broken family. Whoever gets him a liver gets the whole fortune - cue for the start of a momentous family intrigue without any moral scruples. OLD MONEY is a series highlighted by David Schalko. An opulent TV portrait of a family that knows no love. A saga about incest, corruption, and gloves made out of human skin. Bizarre. Funny. Vicious. A DALLAS for the insane.
New York TV & Film Awards 2016: World Silver Medal
Cologne Conference 2015: TV Spielfilm Award for Best Fictional Program
Sichuan TV-festival 2015: Intl. Gold Panda Award Best Photography
Seoul TV Drama Awards 2015; Banff Media Festival 2015; Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival 2017

Genre:              Comedy
Director:          David Schalko
Screenplay:     David Schalko
Cast:                Robert Palfrader, Maria Hofstätter, Nicholas Ofczarek, Nina Proll, Manuel Rubey,

Braunschlag, a small town at the Austrian-Czech border, is bankrupt. It would take no less than a miracle to survive between Russian loan sharks and demands from the state governors office. And exactly that is what mayor Tschach (Robert Palfrader) and his best friend, the struggling disco entrepreneur Pfeisinger (Nicholas Ofczarek) have in mind. In the hope of finally putting Braunschlag on the map and luring masses of tourists into town they stage an apparition of the Holy Virgin Mary. While initial results are encouraging, things don’t quite work out as planned once the good people of Braunschlag get into the act. BRAUNSCHLAG is a story about greed, corruption, misanthropy, Catholicism and alcohol – quintessential Austria. This black-humored TV series explores the darker corners of the Austrian heart.

Romy 2013: Special award of the jury Cologne Conference 2012 Top Ten
Indie Fest 2013, California: Awards of merit: Best Leading Role, Television, Humor
Accolade Film Competition 2013: Awards of Excellence: Leading actor, Television








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