Erik & Erika

Feature Film


In 1966, all of Austria applauds the newly crowned world champion in the women's ski run. After her triumphant return home, Erika Schinegger was passed from one reception to the next. "She's not beautiful, but she's fast!" Next big stop: the 1968 Olympic Games in Grenoble! Women athletes were doped up into hyper-masculine fighting machines because of the organised hormone abuse, therefore gender determination tests were carried out for the first time before these Olympic Games. And from one moment to the next, Erika's wonderful world is completely turned upside down: The chromosome evaluation is clear - E. Schinegger is male. The system that first dragged Erika into the limelight now quickly shows what it is really made of. She is coerced into "voluntarily" resigning from the national team and renouncing her participation in the Olympics. The unscrupulous functionary Dr. Fischer (Cornelius Obonya) pressures Erika to finally become a woman with a "completely uncomplicated" surgery. They try to convince Erika's parents with drastic methods. Erika in fact is not asked at all... With a lot of heart and commitment, Austro-music legend and filmmaker Reinhold Bilgeri ("Der Atem des Himmels") brought the unbelievable story to the big screen. Erik Schinegger provided authenticity with advisory accompaniment, the cinematic standard is guaranteed by character actors such as Cornelius Obonya, Ulrike Beimpold, Marianne Sägebrecht, Gerhard Liebmann, Lili Epply, Anna Posch and above all the charismatic young actor Markus Freistätter in the title role.


A Lotus-Film and Zeitsprung Pictures production, in co-production with SWR and ORF.

Supported by: Austrian Film Institute, Film Location Austria, Vienna Film Fund, Carinthia Film Commission, State of Carinthia Culture, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern.
In world distribution by Beta Cinema

Executive Producers: Tommy Pridnig, Peter Wirthensohn, Michael Souvignier, Till Derenbach
Director: Reinhold Bilgeri
Script: Dirk Kämper
Camera: Carsten Thiele

Starring: Markus Freistätter, Marianne Sägebrecht, Ulrike Beimpold, Gerhard Liebmann, Cornelius Obonya, Cornelius Obonya and many more.