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FAVORITEN

Ruth Beckermann
AT 2024    118'
⚬ Human Interest ⚬ Kids & Youth 

Synopsis

Favoriten is one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in Vienna and the starting point of Ruth Beckermann’s latest documentary, in which she accompanies a class of pupils from the age of seven to ten. Their ambitious teacher, Ilkay, is determined to create an inclusive, supportive and safe environment for the kids. The majority of children don’t speak German at home, some families are wounded by war experience and many face discrimination. Despite few resources from the educational system, Ilkay gently navigates her class through daily adventures, defeats and victories. The result is an astonishingly cheerful portrait of a small community mirroring the complexities of contemporary European society. The film is an ode to childhood, celebrating the work of educators and lifelong learning in and outside the classroom. 

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"a vibrant, provocative and ultimately optimistic portrait" - Variety

"Favoriten effectively navigates ideas of race, community and opportunity through its endearing, and often surprisingly insightful, subjects." - Screen Daily

"Favoriten is a firework of shiny ideas and optimism, with great chances of conquering the world." - Ubiquarian

Credits

Director

Ruth Beckermann

Producer

Ruth Beckermann

Writers

Ruth Beckermann & Elisabeth Menasse

Cinematography

Johannes Hammel

Editor

Dieter Pichler

Sound

Andreas Hamza

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"a vibrant, provocative and ultimately optimistic portrait" - Variety

 

"Favoriten effectively navigates ideas of race, community and opportunity through its endearing, and often surprisingly insightful, subjects." - Screen Daily

 

"a moving glimpse into a world, into the potential of young minds" - Cineuropa

 

"Favoriten is a firework of shiny ideas and optimism, with great chances of conquering the world." - Ubiquarian

 

"Cheerful, touching, colorful, exceptionally lively and pulsating. Favoriten is all of this and more." - Cinema Austriaco

 

"Two hours of pure humanity" - Filmstarts

 

Festivals

Berlinale Encounters 2024

CPH:DOX 2024

Film Details

Runtime 118'
Production Country Austria
Spoken Languages German, Turkish, Arabic, Albanian

Biography

Filmmaker and author Ruth Beckermann is based in Vienna. Her films include THE PAPER BRIDGE, EAST OF WAR and AMERICAN PASSAGES. In 2014 her film THOSE WHO GO THOSE WHO STAY received the big documentary film prize at the Diagonale in Graz.

Two years later THE DREAMED ONES was also honored there as best feature film. THE WALDHEIM WALTZ received several awards, including the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award for best documentary film at the Berlinale 2018, and was Austria's official Academy Awards submission for Best International Film. In 2019, Ruth Beckermann created the installation Joyful Joyce for the Salzburg Festival. Her film MUTZENBACHER was part Berlinale’s Encounters Competition in 2022, where it won the award for best film.

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