Film Info: Absurdistan

Absurdistan

Absurdistan
Scene from "Absurdistan" (photo © Veit Helmer-Filmproduktion)

Welcome to Absurdistan...

Somewhere between Asia and Europe lies the God-forsaken desert village of Absurdistan, which a grand total of 14 families somehow manage to call home. For the village, the biggest problem is water... but for the village women, the biggest problem is their lazy men, who won’t lift a finger to remedy the situation.

Here, Aya and Temelko, friends since birth, have reached the age where their friendship has turned to love. Unfortunately, the date that Aya’s grandmother has determined to be ideal for their “first time” lies 4 years in the future, and to make matters worse, they must first bathe together...

When Aya stubbornly tells Temelko that he must solve the water problem before he can come anywhere near her, the village women also take up the cry “no water, no sex”, leaving the good-for-nothing men scratching their empty heads. Soon a crazy war of the sexes breaks out and they divide the town in half with barbed wire...


Veit Helmer was born in 1968 and has been making films since he was 14. He studied Directing at the University of Television & Film in Munich and co-produced A TRICK OF LIGHT by Wim Wenders. He became known for his offbeat short films which earned him more than 50 awards at numerous international film festivals. His features include TUVALU (1999), which was shown at 62 festivals and won over 30 awards, GATE TO HEAVEN (2003), ABSURDISTAN (2007), BAIKONUR (2011), and QUATSCH (2014).
Genre Romantic Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Veit Helmer
Screenplay Ahmet Golbol, Zaza Buadze, Gordan Mihic, Veit Helmer
Cinematography George Beridze
Vincent Assmann
Shigeru Umebayashi
Erwin Prib
Cast Max Mauff, Kristýna Malérová
Producers Veit Helmer, Linda Kornemann
Production Company Veit Helmer-Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with SWR, ARTE, BR
Length 88 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 Russian
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Sundance 2008 (In Competition), Karlovy Vary 2008, Moscow 2008 (In Competition), Montreal 2008, Stockholm 2008, Goa 2008, Ourense 2009, Levante IFF Bari 2009, Festroia 2014
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2008 (Jury's Special Prize), German Film Award 2008 (Best Production Design), Audience Award Ourense 2009, Titus Award Bari 2009
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Württemberg, MEDIA
German Distributor Farbfilm Verleih

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