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Company Profile


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

The output to date includes many productions for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF), mostly black comedies and satires that have received numerous national and international awards. Among these is the late-night talk show WELCOME AUSTRIA (WILLKOMMEN ÖSTERREICH), which is Superfilm’s backbone for already more than 13 years. Other notable productions for the ORF include AUFSCHNEIDER – CARVE THE JOINT, BRAUNSCHLAG, and OLD MONEY, all of them written and directed by David Schalko. Among the other productions are three movies for Tatort and two movies
for Landkrimi series, as well as European co-productions for cinema (SENNENTUNTSCHI, ONE WAY TRIP 3D) and TV (THE TEAM I and II). Superfilm is and will always stay an indie and try to keep up its promise of high quality productions implicitly stated in its company name. Superfilm currently is the only climate-neutral film production company in Austria.

Company Highlights

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 in 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 highlight by David Schalko. An opulent TV portrait about 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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