To kill or not to kill, there is a thin blue line. There is beast in man, so the line between right and wrong is hard to draw. When Chris joins WEGA (a specialized tactical unit of police in Vienna), he encounters a deadly mission in his first outing. Can he justify his first kill by labeling the man a “bad guy”? The mental strain of the aftermath is corroding his relationships, affecting his performance and leading him to an uncontrollable path of violence. Today’s Hong Kong audience possibly harbors strong feelings towards to inhumane atrocities committed by the state machine. But Cops objectively presents both empathy for law enforcement and understanding of systematic violence. Meanwhile, it maintains its critique on the individual (officers) and the system (police department). Electronic musical score and disorienting handheld camera reinforce the unrelenting pressure and malaise, which starkly contrast with the rational restrained needed while on duty. Will Chris stay loyal to his police colleagues till the end or will his dreams be shattered? Whether the ending is redemption or predestinated, he still has to walk this path on his own.
Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Austrian Film Award 2019
Born in Vienna. Studied script and directing at the New York Film Academy and started his career in the film industry after graduation. He went on to work in various positions at ORF, ATV and GoTV. In 2008 he founded NonPlus Filmproduktion together with Georg Eggenfellner. He is an author, director and producer of commercials, documentaries for cinema and TV, as well as short and feature films.