Film Archive

International Programme 2017
Namrud (Troublemaker) Fernando Romero Forsthuber

The conversation between Jowan and Don, father and son, keeps turning into a Socratic slacker dialogue. A rebellious Palestinian family in Israel.

Namrud (Troublemaker)

Documentary Film
Austria
2017
94 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jürgen Karasek
Fernando Romero Forsthuber
Jowan Safadi
Jakob Fuhr, Martin Putz, Falko Lachmund, Rabia Salfiti
Wolfgang Auer
Ari Yehudit Richter, Jürgen Karasek
Feras Shehadeh
Jowan Safadi’s 15-year-old son Don came to Israel from the US. Fernando Romero Forsthuber introduces this encounter rather abruptly with Don simply lying in his bed one morning and complaining that he has to go to the beach with his father. Nobody likes the beach after all! The friendly and aggressive verbal exchanges between father and son shape this film, though both of them like to exchange blows in other directions, too: Jowan is a musician whose songs are about the life and sufferings of a Palestinian living in Israel – provocations he searches and finds. Don has just started boxing training.

Fernando Romero Forsthuber shows two men caught between the pressure to adapt and rebellion. “I don’t feel anything real about being anything that I didn’t choose”, Jowan states at the beginning. “Including being Palestinian or being an Arab or being anything.” Jowan and Don both feel the need for self-empowerment, each in his own way. But they share the impulse to challenge, in a critical and easy-going way, all those who in their eyes submit too easily or force others to bend the knee.

Carolin Weidner

The Family

Documentary Film
Austria,
Slovenia
2017
106 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Erna Gorše Biček, Rok Biček
Rok Biček
Rok Biček
Rok Biček, Yulia Roschina
Julij Zornik
The name “Rok” keeps coming up. Give him my regards, we hear from the phone while Matej is standing on the Eiffel Tower with his new girlfriend. Rok Biček seems to have become part of the family he followed with his camera for over a decade – which also explains Matej’s natural behaviour. In a way, he is the centre of this film which shows him leaving his original family and founding his own. It’s not easy for him in either. Matej was born into a family whose members, unlike him, are mentally and physically limited. The tone is rough and marked by misunderstandings. The special insurmountabilities cause pain.

In the new family he founds with his first girlfriend a man is present from the start who is to become Matej’s successor. The couple still produce offspring, though Matej starts to think about sterilisation early on. In his film Rok Biček alternates between footage that shows Matej as an adolescent and footage that shows him as a young adult and father. Some questions that are open at first are answered step by step, others never touched. The confidence of the narrative and its sense of situations make this film stand out.

Carolin Weidner


Nominated for MDR Film Prize