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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|
|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|
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.