What Have We Done to Deserve This?

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    What Have We Done to Deserve This?

    Womit haben wir das verdient?

    Directed by

    Austria

    2018

    92 min

    • German
    • Turkish

    Drama

    Wanda, 49-year-old atheist feminist from Vienna, faces her worst nightmare when her teenage daughter Nina announces that she has converted to Islam, is going to wear a headscarf and from now on should be called Fatima. Mother’s world is turned upside down. To top it all off, Wanda’s ex-husband becomes a father again, which only makes her wishing for the good old times to come back when her only problems were her daughter ditching school and smoking pot. Surprisingly, she finds a supporter. It’s Hanife – a mother of Nina’s friend Maryam – who together with her parents immigrated to Austria 35 years ago in order to be saved from the outdated image of women having to cover their hair. Together they embark on a comic search for explanations, a sense of belonging and identity.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Caroline Peters
    Chantal Zitzenbacher
    Simon Schwarz
    Marcel Mohab
    Anna Laimanee
    Screenplay
    Eva Spreitzhofer
    Cinematography
    Xiaosu Han
    Andreas Thalhammer
    Editing
    Alarich Lenz
    Music
    Iva Zabkar
    Sales
    PLUTO FILM
    Production
    MONA FILM PRODUKTION
    Eva Spreitzhofer

    Eva Spreitzhofer

    Austria

    Eva Spreitzhofer has been working in numerous film, television and theatre roles since 1986 after completing her studies at the drama school at the Volkstheater (Vienna). Starting in 2000, she also works as a scriptwriter and since 2013 she is a lecturer at the Schauspieluni Graz. In 2009, Spreitzhofer, together with other Austrian filmmakers, founded the Academy of Austrian Film and sits on its board. She is the chairperson of the Austrian Screenplay Association and a member of the project committee of the Austrian Film Institute. Eva Spreitzhofer currently lives in Vienna.