MACONDO

By Sudabeh MORTEZAI

FREIBEUTERFILM GMBH - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2014

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 ...

Festivals
& Awards

Berlinale - EFM 2014
Mein competition
hong kong iff 2014
Firebird Award
Festival del Cinema Europeo 2014
Cineuropa Award & Best Script
Karlovy Vary 2014
Variety Critics' Choice: Europe Now!
Sarajevo FF 2014
CICAE Award
BFI London FF 2014
First Feature Competition
Zurich FF 2014
Gent IFF 2014
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • AUSTRIA
    • Languages
    • GERMAN, Other
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 98 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sudabeh MORTEZAI
    • Writer(s)
    • Sudabeh MORTEZAI
    • Producer(s)
    • Oliver NEUMANN (FREIBEUTERFILM GMBH), Sabine MOSER (FREIBEUTERFILM GMBH)
    • Synopsis
    • Ramasan has a lot of responsibility for an 11-year-old. In traditional Chechen society, he is now considered the man of the house in charge of his mother and two younger sisters. His world is now centered in Macondo, a tough ethnic neighborhood in the industrial suburbs of Vienna.

      Ramasan speaks German much better than his mother Aminat, and he often translates for her regarding school and government welfare matters. Aminat is still coping with having lost her husband, fleeing Chechnya and trying to make ends meet as a single mother and foreigner in a new society.

      Ramasan's confined world is disrupted when Isa, his father's war buddy, moves into the low-income housing complex. Isa pays his respects to Aminat and her children, giving them the watch and a family photo his dead friend always carried with him.

      This encounter awakens Ramasan's interest in his father. He seeks Isa's company, but the outsider remains secretive about the past. Isa gradually opens up and a bond evolves between them that helps young Ramasan face and overcome his worst fear. Isa could become a new, much more human, father figure than the boy's abstract memory of the war hero at the family altar. But when Aminat begins to warm up to Isa, conflicted Ramasan feels the need to protect the image of his dead father…
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