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by Sudabeh Mortezai


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.

international title: Macondo
original title: Macondo
country: Austria
sales agent: Films Boutique
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Sudabeh Mortezai
film run: 90'
release date: FR 25/03/2015, BE 06/05/2015
screenplay: Sudabeh Mortezai
cast: Ramasan Minkailov, Kheda Gazieva, Aslan Elbiev
cinematography by: Klemens Hufnagl
film editing: Oliver Neumann
art director: Julia Libiseller
costumes designer: Carola Pizzini
producer: Oliver Neumann, Sabine Moser
production: Freibeuter Film
backing: Austrian Film Commission
distributor: Memento Films, Cinéart


main awards/selection

Berlin International Film Festival 2014 In competition
Sarajevo Film Festival 2014 

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