AT 2017 • 98' • Arman T. Riahi
austrian fiction


Benny and Marko, two Viennese guys with so-called "immigrant background", are completely integrated into society. So much so that they are hardly perceived as foreigners - if not for Benny‘s black hair. Confronted with ambitious TV director Weizenhuber, who is looking for protagonists for her TV documentary series about the ethnically mixed suburb Rudolfsgrund, they pretend to be petty criminals and hard-nosed migrants with a penchant for cunning and craftiness. To keep the lie from unraveling, they create a second identity for themselves made up of clichés and prejudices. And while these clichés fulfill expectations and make the show a success, they are simultaneously confronted with true stories of immigration – including their own... a politically incorrect comedy about modern clichés, false identities and "real" foreigners – whatever that means!


"Rotten, ingenious, brave"
"Hilariously funny"
"Wicked... delightful"


Audience Award @ Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
Best Costume Design @ Diagonale
Audience Award @ Nashville Film Festival



Arman T. Riahi
Arash T. Riahi & Karin C. Berger
Production Company
Golden Girls Filmproduktion
Arman T. Riahi, Aleksandar Petrovic, Faris Rahoma
Mario Minichmayr
Cordula Werner, Arman T. Riahi
Karwan Marouf
Atanas Tcholakov


Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
Diagonale, Austria
Festival del Cinema Europeo Lecce
Nashville Film Festival
Shanghai IFF
Zürich FF
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Arman T. Riahi was born in Iran and grew up in Vienna, Austria, where he did his first short films as a teenager. He studied media technologies and worked as a screen- and graphic designer in London and Vienna. In 2005, he started his TV-work as director of the infamous TV-Shows "Sendung ohne Namen" and "Sunshine Airlines" for the ORF (Austrian BroadcastingCorporation). In the same year, his short film "Elektronikschrott" (11min.) won the nation wide short film award "Shorts On Screen".
In 2006, Arman was invited to the Berlinale Talent Campus as director/screenwriter. In 2008, Arman co-wrote and directed the TV-documentary series "Momentum - What drives you" (Red Bull Media House), which ran several seasons. His first cinema documentary "Schwarzkopf" ("Dark Head", Golden Girls Filmproduktion, Thimfilm, 2011) has won the Audience Choice Award at the National Austrian Film Festival Diagonale, and the Special Jury Mention Award at the Docudays Beirut International Documentary Festival. The film opened the documentary competition of the 17th Sarajevo Film Festival in 2011. In 2012, Riahi directed and wrote the 5-part documentary series "Africa Race" for Austrian TV "Servus TV" about the legendary Rallye Paris-Dakar. In 2013, Arman T. Riahi was granted the START-Scholarship for Film Arts of the Austrian Federal Chancellery of Arts. Since 2013, he is a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences for Media Technology in St. Pölten. His second cinema documentary, "Everyday Rebellion" (2014), co-directed together with his brother Arash as the "Riahi Brothers" was screened at over 60 international film festivals and won several awards like the CPH:DOX Politiken Audience Award at the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival 2013, the 2014 Cinema for Peace Award, or the CIVIS Online Media Prize. His second cinema documentary with his brother Arash T. Riahi, Kinders, was released in Austrian cinemas in November 2016 and has won the Audience Award at Diagonale Film Festival 2016. Currently, they are working on preparations for their first feature film collaboration "Mr. Duschek, the Shrinking Caretake".

2016 - KINDERS, Documentary, 95 min
2014 - EVERYDAYREBELLION, Documentary, 52/110 min
2013 - 5x52min, Documentary-TV-Series, Terra Mater/Servus TV
2011 - DARKHEAD, Documentary, 90 min
2012 - Documentary-TV-Series, 7x25 min
2005 - ELEKTRONIKSCHROTT, Short film, 11 min
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