Otto is an American drop-out seeking to reinvent himself as a filmmaker in Brussels, Belgium. While working as an intern for his uncle's industrial video production house, he hatches a plan with Lars, his Belgian friend, to create "the ultimate industrial video". A promotional video that will pay off so enormously that they can afford to turn the screenplay of his deceased father into a real film. But before the plan becomes reality, an accident at Lars' video rental store leads Otto to meet and fall for a female toilet attendant at a local movie theatre. Obsessed with the girl, Otto neglects to follow through on his filmmaking plan and his internship. Lies begin to scatter his fresh self-reinvention.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Thorsten Chris Gritschke was born in Friedberg, Germany, moved at age ten with his family to Jakarta, Indonesia. After completion of high school in the tropics, he opted for the concrete jungle of Manhattan and completed a BA in film production at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. What followed was US work-permit enslaved editing for an industrial video production house in New York for seven years. A time the writer director claims as direct preparation for his first feature film. While the daily burden of corporate entertainment blessed him with increased creative constipation, he still absorbed the comedy and drama that unfolded around him: his co-workers and bosses in the “creative” process of churning out mundane videos about employee conduct for captive audiences. When he witnessed September 11th first hand, the comedy aspect of an unfulfilling job disappeared and with renewed focus, Thorsten moved to Belgium with his wife and cats and wrote the screenplay to his first feature, Catnapping. He now lives in Brussels with his wife, a daughter and his last remaining Manhattan born cat.