Graduation films 2022



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

Out on the country in southern France. A young family of dropouts is struggling to find its place. Collectivist utopia or rather the dream of a home on one's own?

  • 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.


A pattern is set up in the sky for everyone who is willing to see - and to arrange his own life according to what he sees. So speaks Plato in the Politeia. In my opinion this sentence describes well which role Madeleine, Leo, and the inhabitants of the commune in Copeaux ascribe to the nature around them. In a world that has lost the right measure for things, they believe this is where they will find it. Their faith in progress is not in the promises of modern technology, but in traditions. Through them, the specifically human in us humans can be rediscovered and saved from its decline into a numerical culture, where we are threatened to be alienated not only from nature, but also from ourselves. The seemingly small world in which the people portrayed in the film have made themselves at home is in my eyes much more than just a romantic projection.


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.