Marta's Suitcase

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

According to a UN study in 2011, inEurope the most dangerous place for a woman is her own home.

Gender-based violence remains a serious problem in modern society although laws and institutional work have greatly improved in recent years. It’s not enough to toughen penalties or offer more protection for women without change society in depth. "To change society takes time," says one of the protagonists of the film and I think she is right.

Marta's case is particularly significant because it breaks many stereotypes about gender violence. For one she never suffered physical abuse before the attempted murder and she does not come from modest or marginal family. As she says: "There is no profile for battered women and it can touch anyone." She also is a strong woman and a fighter who is not afraid to criticize the ineffectiveness of institutions.

For me as a man was also very important to approach the male and try to find out what happens inside a violent man and what leads him to violence. In this sense i found the work of the therapist Harald Burgauner, who is one of the most prestigious specialists in Austria, of particular interest. I was also impressed as policemen, judges and social workers are able to come together to find a solution to the problem from very different viewpoints. From the way it functions much can be learned.

Günter Schwaiger