Graduation films 2022



2023 - 33' – French (Available subtitles: German, English, Italian)

In a world that has lost the right measure for things, Madeleine and Leo turn to the past. Their faith in progress is not in the promises of modern technology, but in traditions. The two met in a commune in southern France. They had a child and are now building their own home. It is a time of profound change. And a young relationship that still has to find it's balance.

  • Kaspar Panizza
    • Director
    • Editor

    Kaspar Panizza

    Born in 1992 in southern Germany. Studied literature, philosophy and fine arts in Vienna. Has worked as an assistant in both film and theatre. Since 2019 student of directing at the documentary film school ZeLIG in Bolzano. Our Own Private Happiness is his final project.

  • Felix Rier
    • Cinematographer

    Felix Rier

    Felix Rier was born and raised in the Italian Alps. After graduating from business school with a focus on finance and marketing, he moved to Berlin in 2016 and began a three-year apprenticeship as a media designer. Therefore he mainly works in the camera department, as first and second camera assistant, junior DOP and sound technician. From 2019 he studies camera and light at ZeLIG - School for Documentary Film in Bolzano, Italy.


When I started working on this film, I thought it would revolve around the question why Madeleine and Leo chose to live a life outside of society: which ideals, which longing and which criticism moved them? But I soon realized the two were busy with other things in the meantime. Nothing was theory any more, everything practice. The idea meets reality: a hard test. A point where the strength needed to withstand has to be found within oneself. It was important for me not to sugarcoat anything here: life on the margins is not easy.


Country of production: Italy
Shooting Format: HD 1080@25p
Original Master Format: HD 1080@25p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Screening Format: DCP, Apple ProRes or any on request
Audio Format: Stereo (2.0)
Running time: 33’
Subtitles available: German / English / Italian


Director: Kaspar Panizza
Cinematographer: Felix Rier
Editor: Kaspar Panizza
Soundrecordist: Julia Inderst, Orian Veneault


ZeLIG is located in Bolzano, Italy, a multilingual city where different cultures live together. The school is a place of exchange for students, teachers and film professionals from all over the world.
At ZeLIG the spoken languages are German, Italian and English. This creative approach to linguistic variety opens the gates to the international markets and to future opportunities.