...a wonderfully engaging, absorbing coming of age/culture clash tale ... an absolutely astonishing performance from its young, effortlessly natural lead Ramasan Minkailov...superb performances, authentic context and impressive filmmaking , that's what Jenny Kiang of Indiewire wrote about MACONDO, Sudabeh Mortezai's Golden Bear contender 2014. Find some more enthusiastic voices on the remarkable feature debut.
...a wonderfully engaging, absorbing coming of age/culture clash tale ... an absolutely astonishing performance from its young,
effortlessly natural lead Ramasan Minkailov...superb performances, authentic context and impressive filmmaking
Jenny Kiang of Indiewire
Sudabeh Mortezai's first narrative feature is modest in scope yet entirely captivating in the docu-style humanism of its approach,
enriched by unsentimental compassion for its characters.
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
This sensitive Austrian social drama from docu helmer Sudabeh Mortezai focuses on a refugee settlement outside Vienna ...
a deeply humanist perspective well suited to international festival travel.
Peter Debruge, Variety
Eine feine Studie über Kindheit und Männlichkeit, genau beobachtet und berührend, weil die Regisseurin nicht von der Seite
ihres Helden weicht. Ein Film mit einem großen Herzen.
(Lars-Olav Beier, Spiegel Online)
...a modest, unflashy but utterly
assured slice of realism about an 11-year-old Chechen boy living with his mother and sisters in a Viennese suburb populated
mainly by refugees. There's not a great deal of plot, but so richly detailed and resonant is Mortezai's account of the boy,
his predicament and his milieu that she ensures his moral, psychological and physical welfare are of urgent concern soon after
the film starts.
Geoff Andrew, BFI
Au travers d'une approche sensible, la réalisatrice impressionne la réalité de l'enfant et, au-delà, celle d'une pleine situation
Nicolas Gilson, Un Grand Moment de Cinéma