THE MIGRUMPIES

A film by Arman T. Riahi
Comedy  |  98 min  |  AUT  |  2017

SYNOPSIS

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!

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ROMY 2018
Best Script – Feature Film

28th INT. FILMFEST EMDEN-NORDERNEY
Creative Energy Filmpreis


NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL 2017
Audience Award

DIAGONALE 2017
Best Costume Design

38th FILMFESTIVAL MAX OPHÜLS PREIS
Audience Award

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DHAKA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
41st NORTH FILM FESTIVAL, USA
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13th FILMFEST AUGENBLICK
CROSSING EUROPE 2017
FILMFEST SEHENSWERT 2017
13th ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL
FILMFEST VADUZ 2017
SHANGHAI INT. FILM FESTIVAL 2017
28th INT. FILMFEST EMDEN-NORDERNEY
EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL BUKAREST 2017
NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL 2017
18th FESTIVAL DEL CINEMA EUROPEO
38th FILMFESTIVAL MAX OPHÜLS PREIS

QUOTES

»Rotten, ingenious, brave.« – ROLLING STONE

»A finely nuanced, perfectly timed comedy with passionate characters that could become a huge hit with the public.« – WIENER ZEITUNG

»A well-paced comedy whose fierceness is miles apart from the unsophisticated German humor of „Willkommen bei den Hartmanns“ - and one of the reasons for this is that it takes clichés and prejudices and goes against the grain: Rather than being too poorly integrated, the two protagonists are integrated too well to meet the (media) expectations of the public and society in general. Not only does the tabloidization of journalism get what‘s coming to it; in the arts things also don‘t look much better. With their Golden Girls film production, the Riahi brothers have long been one of the most interesting companies in the small yet fantastic Austrian film scene. With „The Migrum- pies“ they might be able to tear the door to massive public success wide open and send a cinematographic signal against the disastrous slogans of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) and other populist politicians.«
 – KINO ZEIT

»Wicked... delightful.« – SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

»The Migrumpies“ by Arman T. Riahi proves that films made by Austrians can be really, really funny. He and his team were able to make a film that is well paced, well cast down to even the smallest roles (cameos by Josef Hader and Dirk Stermann, amongst others), and, in particular, re- levant. „The Migrumpies“ is an appeal for inclusion. Let‘s have more of that!« – THE GAP

»Hilariously funny.« – TAZ

INFO

RUNNING TIME – 98 minutes
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE – German
LOCATIONS – AUT
SUBTITLES – English
SCREENING FORMAT – DCP
SOUND FORMAT – Dolby Digital 5.1
ASPECT RATIO – 2.39:1
FRAMES/SEC – 24

CREW

DIRECTOR & SCREEN WRITER
Arman T. Riahi


SCREEN WRITERS
Aleksandar Petrović & Faris Rahoma

CINEMATOGRAPHER & DOP
Mario Minichmayr


SOUND RECORDIST
Atanas Tcholakov

EDITORS
Cordula Werner & Arman T. Riahi


MUSIC COMPOSER
Karwan Marouf

PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Martin Reiter


COSTUME DESIGNER
Monika Buttinger


MAKE-UP ARTIST
Birgit Beranek


CASTING
Eva Roth


SOUND DESIGNER
Nils Kirchhoff


PRODUCTION MANAGER
Christine Schwarzinger


PRODUCERS
Arash T. Riahi & Karin C. Berger

CAST

Faris Rahoma
Aleksandar Petrović
Doris Schretzmayer
Daniela Zacherl
Zijah Sokolović
Josef Hader

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