The film follows a group of young migrants in Vienna who break through the administrative labyrinths of checkings and gaining status and residence. We see their anxieties, mutual encouragement and achievements - while mastering the foreign language, they demonstrate skills in their professions, clarity and knowledge on entrance exams for schools and universities. It is also a story about new and old friendships, about the feeling of freedom in the new environment, without the pressure of war threats and the patriarchal stance of the family life.
The main hero is a twentythree-year-old Bagher, who embarked on his journey from Afghanistan as a seventeen-year-old, leaving a war-thorn family. After three years of travel (through Iran, Turkey, Greece and the Balkans) he arrived in Austria in a great migrant wave in 2015. He prooved himself to be a brave, honest and intelligent young man. He has mastered German language, has several devoted and intelligent friends. They are on the road of “Europeanisation”, but suddenly Bagher's grandfather Haydar appears, arriving in Austria illegally, through Slovenia. He came to find Bagher in order to convey the message, that he has a duty to preserve the name and honor of the family, because all the other men were killed in the war back in Afghanistan. The appearance of gradfather Haydar leads to discouragement, evocation of the past, conflicts and a series of new labyrinths, from which Bagher and his new friends must find the way out.
|Original title:||Das schönste Land der Welt|
|Year of production:||2018.|
|Co-production:||Tramal Films (Slovenija), JMU RTV Vojvodina (Srbija), Factum (Hrvatska)|
|Screenwriter and director:||Želimir Žilnik|
|Co-producers:||Nenad Puhovski (Factum), Miha Černec (Tramal Films), Vanja Kranjac (JMU RTV Vojvodina)|
|Director of photohraphy:||Peter Roehsler|
Festivals & Awards:
World premiere: DocLisboa International Film Festival, Lisabon; 33rd Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Argentina; 24th Belgrade Auteur Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia ; 18th Human Rights Film Festival, Zagreb, Croatia; 22nd Festival of European Independent Films - Euro in Film, Novi Sad, Serbia; 30th Trieste Film Festival, Italy; International Film Festival Spirit of Fire, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia; 28th International Film Festival Innsbruck, Austria; 15th International Film Festival Kino Otok - Isola Cinema, Izola, Slovenia; 28. Dani hrvatskog filma, Zagreb, Croatia; Festival of Migrant Film, Ljubljana, Slovenia