Breaking the Ice

A film by Clara Stern
A 2022, 102 min.


Mira lives for the sport of ice hockey and leads her team as captain with a strong determination. It's a challenge to reconcile this with her role in the family vineyard: with her mother and her adventurous but increasingly demented grandfather, she runs the farm - with all its responsibilities.

The new player Theresa completely unsettles her with her nonchalance and openness. And when Mira's missing brother Paul also turns up and all three get lost in late-night Vienna, Mira discovers the freedom it means to break rules, to reinvent herself - and that you can only love if you let go.


Alina Schaller
Judith Altenberger
Tobias Resch
Pia Hierzegger
Wolfgang Böck

Director, Script:
Clara Stern

Johannes Hoss
Nora Czamler
Set Design:
Christine Dosch
Julia Oberndorfinger
Costume Design:
Carola Pizzini
Makeup Design:
Regina Breitfellner

Dramaturgical advice:
Wolfgang Widerhofer
Matthias Writze

Lisa Oláh

Benedikt Palier
Sound Design:
Lenja Gathmann
Sound Mixing:
Alexander Koller
Bernhard Schlick

Production Management:
Gerhard Hannak 

Executive Producer:
Michael Kitzberger

Michael Kitzberger
Wolfgang Widerhofer
Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Markus Glaser

NGF - Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH 

With support of:

Österreichisches Filminstitut
Filmfonds Wien
ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen
FISA - Filmstandort Austria
Land Niederösterreich

World Sales:
Films Boutique

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Prize of the Youth Jury, Max Ophüls Prize Filmfestival (2023)
Award for the Socially Relevant Film, Max Ophüls Prize Filmfestival (2023)
Fritz-Raff Screenplay Prize, Max Ophüls Prize Filmfestival (2023)
Nomination for Best Young Actor: Judith Altenberger, Max Ophüls Prize Filmfestival (2023)
Award for the Best Director in Austria, Filmfestival Kitzbühel (2022)
Nomination "Best Music", Austrian Film Award (2023)
DEFA Foundation Award for the Best Feature Film, Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schwerin (2023)
Nomination ROMY Industry Award: Best Cinematography Cinema, Vienna (2023)




Tribeca Festival, New York, 2022
Max Ophüls Prize Filmfestival, 2023
Outfest LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2022
Festheart LGBT+ Film Festival, Estonia, 2022
Outshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale, 2022
ImageOut LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Rochester, 2022
Damn These Heels Film Festival, Salt Lake City, 2022
TLVFest, Tel Aviv, 2022
Mezipatra Queer Film Festival, Prague & Brno, 2022
Seoul International Pride Film Festival, 2022
Pink Panorama Film Festival Luzern, 2022
Melbourne Queer Film Festival, 2022
Image+Nation Culture Queer Film Festival, Montréal, 2022
Slovak Queer Film Festival, 2022
Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film, Graz, 2023
Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Film Festival, 2023
Reelout Queer Film Festival, Kingston, Canada, 2023
Uncut - Queer Cinema Series, Poland, 2023
German-Austrian Film Festival, Williamstown, USA, 2023
Lovers Film Festival, Torino, 2023
The International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund/Cologne, 2023
Pink Apple Film Festival, Zurich, 2023
Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schwerin
Goldener Spatz. Deutsches Kinder Medien Festival, 2023