Macondo

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    Macondo

    Directed by

    Austria

    2013

    98 min

    • German
    • Chechen

    Drama

    Berlinale Competition

    Tucked in between the airport, motorway and the banks of the Danube in the Viennese district of Simmering, an entire world of its own has emerged behind walls of corrugated iron and barracks: Macondo, a settlement of refugees where about 3,000 asylum-seekers from 22 different countries are housed. One of them is eleven-year-old Ramasan who has come here from Chechnya with his mother and two younger sisters. His father was killed in the conflict with the Russians, at least that’s what he's been told. Ramasan tries his best to take his father’s place – for instance by looking after his sisters or tucking his mother’s stray hair back underneath her headscarf. But then a brooding man named Isa, a friend of Ramasan’s father from the old days, suddenly arrives in Macondo and Ramasan's life is thrown into disarray. In her first feature-length drama Sudabeh Mortezai portrays a Muslim boy caught in the divide between his ideals and reality. The camera stays close to its young protagonist who is on a steep learning curve as he searches for answers to questions about responsibility and honour. A carefully observed, nuanced film that does not preach and goes beyond clichés.

    Awards

    • Firebird Award (Young Cinema Competition) - Hong Kong IFF
    • Best Screenplay Award, Cineuropa Award - Lecce
    • CICAE Award - Sarajevo FF
    • Wiener Filmpreis (Feature Film), MehrWERT -Filmpreis der Erste Bank - Viennale

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Ramasan Minkailov
    Aslan Elbiev
    Kheda Gazieva
    Screenplay
    Sudabeh Mortezai
    Cinematography
    Klemens Hufnagl
    Editing
    Oliver Neumann
    Sales
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    Production
    FREIBEUTERFILM KG
    Festival Bookings
    AUSTRIAN FILMS

    Press

    A delicately observed slice of immigrant life.

    David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

    Sudabeh Mortezai

    Sudabeh Mortezai

    Germany

    Born in Ludwigsburg, Germany, in 1968, to Iranian parents, she grew up in Tehran and in Vienna where she studied theatre, film and media science. Between 2002 and 2003 she studied film at the University of California in Los Angeles and then made a number of short films and documentaries. In 2007 she co-founded FreibeuterFilm. MACONDO is her debut feature film.