Feature Fiction Film

by Sudabeh Mortezai
A 2014, 98 min.

Written & Directed by: Sudabeh Mortezai
Cinematography: Klemens Hufnagl
Editing: Oliver Neumann
Sound: Atanas Tcholakov
Sound Design: Atanas Tcholakov, David Almeida-Ribeiro
Production Design: Julia Libiseller
Costume Design: Carola Pizzini
Assistant to Director: Bernadette Weigel
Assistant to DOP: Andreas Winter
Gaffer: Arnold Graggaber
Electrician: Marion Priglinger
Props: Juliane Gstättner
Casting: Eva Roth
Producers: Oliver Neumann, Sabine Moser
Production: FreibeuterFilm

Ramasan Minkailov
– Ramasan
Aslan Elbiev
– Isa
Kheda Gazieva
– Aminat

With kind support by: Austrian Film Institute, Vienna Film Fund, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen,
FISA – Filmstandort Austria

Austrian Distributor: Filmladen
Worldsales: Films Boutique

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Berlinale 2014 – Main Competition
Thomas Pluch Special Award of the Jury 2014
Hong Kong IFF 2014 – Firebird Award
Festival del Cinema Europeo 2014 – Cineuropa Award & Best Script
Festival Internacional de Cinema d’Autor de Barcelona 2014
Seattle IFF 2014
Sydney Film Festival 2014
Scarborough Film Festival 2014 – Outstanding Directorial Achievement Award
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014 – Variety Critics’ Choice: Europe Now!
Guanajuato International Film Festival 2014 – Special mention for best performance
Melbourne International Film Festival 2014
Paris Cinéma Le Festival 2014
Sarajevo Film Festival 2014 – CICAE Award
Seoul International Youth Film Festival 2014
ESPOO Ciné 2014
Nara IFF 2014 – NARAtive Competition
BFI London Film Festival 2014 – First Feature Competition
Zurich IFF 2014
Bergen IFF 2014
Festival du Film des Femmes de Salé 2014 – Best Main Actor: Ramasan Minkailov
Haifa IFF 2014 – Filmmakers of tomorrow / Fedeora Competition
Film Fest Gent 2014
Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2014 – International Competition
Mumbai Film Festival 2014 – International Competition
Das Filmfest 2014
Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014
Viennale 2014 – Vienna Film Prize
Hawaii International Film Festival 2014
Molodist Film Festival 2014 – International competition
Scanorama 2014
Arras Film Festival
Bratislava IFF 2014
Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2014
Cinergia Film Festival 2014 – Best European Debut
Festival Internacional de Cine de San Cristóbal de las Casas 2015 –
Premio Ámbar for best fiction film
Berlin & Beyond Festival CA – 2015
Luxor Egyptian & European Film Festival – 2015
Premiers Plans Angers – 2015
Trieste Film Festival – Alpe Adria Cinema – 2015
Diagonale 2015 – Award for Innovative Production Management


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 …


Born 1968 in Ludwigsburg, Germany, Sudabeh grew up in Tehran and Vienna. She received her MA in theater and film studies from the University of Vienna in 1994.
She worked as a programmer for film festivals and organized a number of film events as the manager and curator of Filmcasino, an independent arthouse theater in Vienna.
After completing UCLA’s certificate program in Film, TV, and Digital Entertainment Media in 2003, Sudabeh worked as an assistant director and production manager and directed and produced several short films before making her feature-length documentary “Children of the Prophet”.
2007 co-founder of FreibeuterFilm.
2014 – Macondo – Feature Film

2009 – In the Bazar of the Sexes – Documentary

2006 – Children of the Prophet – Documentary


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