V’16: OCTOBER 20 – NOVEMBER 2, 2016

Macondo (OmdU)

Sudabeh Mortezai
 (
Austria
2014
)
© Viennale

Eleven-year-old Chechen boy ramasan struggles with family responsibility, refugee life in a tough neighborhood and images of the dead war hero father he barely remembers …
“Though the story ultimately proves quite simple, Sudabeh Mortezai maintains the suspenseful impression that things could go in any direction along the way: Young ramasan is both vulnerable enough to be abused, and capable of sudden, unprovoked anger. Will he be victim or aggressor? Is this story the prelude to a tragedy, or the optimistic account of a difficult life finding its way back on track? Without the slightest hint of manipulation, MACONDO allows audiences to discover ramasan’s fate for themselves, opening its heart to a character who becomes our connection to an incredibly foreign lifestyle, just an arm’s reach from opportunity the rest of us take for granted.” (Peter Debruge)

In presence of Sudabeh Mortezai and members of the film team.