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FRIDAY, JUL 24 2015 - SUNDAY, JUL 26 2015

by Sudabeh Mortezai
2014, 98 min, digital
In Chechen and German with English subtitles

Erste Bank’s MoreVALUE Film Award is awarded annually to an Austrian filmmaker or film production and realized in co-operation of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York together with the Viennale and Deutsches Haus at NYU.

For the fourth time each annual edition of the Viennale (Vienna International Film Festival) has featured the granting of the MoreVALUE Film Award to one or more Austrian filmmakers whose films are included within the festival. Designed to showcase the best of Austrian cinema, the Award was founded by Erste Bank, the Viennale’s main sponsor, and is awarded according to the findings of an independent jury. The Award brings a cash prize as well as a one-month residency as a visiting film scholar hosted and organized by the Deutsches Haus at NYU. The screenings are co-organized by the Deutsches Haus at NYU and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

Continuing a longstanding partnership with the ACFNY, Anthology Film Archives will present special screenings of both of the 2014 winners: Sudabeh Mortezai’s docudrama MACONDO and Gerhard Treml & Leo Calice’s experimental landscape film EDEN’S EDGE. All three filmmakers will be here in person to present their work.


The first fiction feature from documentary filmmaker Sudabeh Mortezai, MACONDO focuses on 11-year-old Chechen refugee Ramasan, who lives in the titular suburban neighborhood of Vienna with his widowed mother and two younger sisters. Though only a child, Ramasan finds himself being pushed precipitously towards adulthood: even as he struggles with the loss of his father (who was killed in the Chechen wars) and his cultural identity in a strange new land, he is, within traditional Chechen society, now considered the man of the house. The arrival in Macondo of Isa, an old war buddy of his father’s, throws Ramasan’s uneasy position between childhood and maturity into relief: he must reconcile his desire for a father-figure with his loyalty towards the patriarch whom he hardly knew.

Graced with an exquisite performance – heartbreaking yet tough – from Ramasan Minkailov, as well as equally assured work from Kheda Gazieva as his mother Aminat and Aslan Elbiev as Isa, MACONDO is a finely observed and deeply humanistic film that movingly depicts one young man’s emotional struggles as well as providing a glimpse into the experience of immigrants in 21st century Europe.


We proudly announce the screening of MACONDO at the Museum of the Moving Image New York (date TBA) and at Chicago International Film Festival's International Screening Program on July 22.

On August 15th and 16th Anthology Film Archive will be screening the second winner of VIENNALE MORE VALUE AWARD "Eden's Edge" by Gerhard Treml and Leo Calice.

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