Sudabeh Mortezai’s MACONDO is the ARTEKINO film of the month

MACONDO, Sudabeh Mortezai’s first feature film, is the ARTEKINO choice of this month. The 2014 Golden Bear nominee can be streamed for free throughout the whole month of July.  

...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, 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 sociétale. Lumineux.

Nicolas Gilson, Un Grand Moment de Cinéma… ou pas!