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Ahmet, a champion boxer with Turkish roots and a professional soldier in the Austrian Army, starts taking acting lessons. On stage he comes face to face with his own internal battles.
|Language spoken:||German, Turkish|
|Editing:||Jannis Lenz, Roland Stöttinger, Nooran Talebi|
|Key cast:||Ahmet Simsek, Margot Vuga, Andreas Simma, Adriana Salles|
|Producers:||David Bohun, Lixi Frank|
April 15, 2021Nyon (Visions du Réel)
|Awards (selection):||Best Sounddesign Documentary Film (Graz/Diagonale), ÖFI Prize for Best Upcoming Director (Kitzbuhel), First Steps Award Nomination Best Documentary, Charles E.Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award (Durham/Full Frame Documentary Film Festival)|
52nd Visions du Réel with world premieres of SOLDIER AHMET and THE BUBBLE
The 52nd Visions du Réel Festival at the Swiss town of Nyon kicks off its second “Corona” edition offering a hybrid festival format from April 15 to 25, 2021. Two Austrian (co-)productions are to celebrate their world premiere: Jannis Lenz presents his first feature SOLDIER AHMET within the Burning Lights Competition, the Swiss-Austrian co-production THE BUBBLE by Austrian director Valerie Blankenbyl is a contender in the International Competition.
«Ahmet’s search for tears»
Ahmet Simsek has lived his life in Austria since childhood. As a medic in the Austrian army, state champion in boxing, son of a Turkish-Muslim family in Vienna, he could be tagged with several labels at once. But Jannis Lenz goes against common expectations: in his portrait SOLDIER AHMET he follows a multitalented young man who hasn't cried since he was twelve and had to learn early on to craft his own place.
Strong Austrian line-up at DOK.fest MUNICH
We are pleased that Austrian documentary film is present at DOK Munich this year in all its rich diversity: SECOND THOUGHTS FIRST by Marko Doringer celebrates its world premiere at DOK:panorama, ALICE SCHWARZER by Sabine Derflinger and LIVING TOGETHER by Thomas Fürhapter their international premieres in DOK.Deutsch. Also screening: ALPENLAND by Robert Schabus (Münchner Premieren), FOR THE MANY by Constantin Wulff (Best of Fests) and SOLDAT AHMET by Jannis Lenz (DOK.international).