AUSTRIA

WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO DESERVE THIS? Womit haben wir das verdient?

2018 – DCP – colore – 92’

 

Direction: Eva Spreitzhofer

Screenplay: Eva Spreitzhofer

Cinematography: Xiaosu Han, Andreas Thalhammer

Editing: Alarich Lenz

Set design: Katrin Huber. Gerhard Dohr

Music: Iva Zabkar

Cast: Caroline Peters, Chantal Zitzenbacher, Simon Schwarz, Marcel Mohab, Anna Laimanee, Hilde Dalik, Duygu Arslan, Alev Irmak, Pia Hierzegger, Christopher Schärf, Angelo Konzett, Erdogan Yildiz, Kida Khodr Ramadan, Emily Cox, Ali Salman, Johannes Zeiler

Producers: Thomas Hroch, Gerald Podgornig

Production: Mona Film Produktion

World Sales: Pluto Film

 

SYNOPSIS

Wanda, 49-year-old atheist feminist from Vienna, faces her worst nightmare when her teenage daughter Nina announces that she has converted to Islam, is going to wear a headscarf and from now on should be called Fatima. Mother’s world is turned upside down. To top it all off, Wanda’s ex-husband becomes a father again, which only makes her wishing for the good old times to come back when her only problems were her daughter ditching school and smoking pot. Surprisingly, she finds a supporter. It’s Hanife – a mother of Nina’s friend Maryam – who together with her parents immigrated to Austria 35 years ago in order to be saved from the outdated image of women having to cover their hair. Together they embark on a comic search for explanations, a sense of belonging and identity.

 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

“(…) For a liberal patchwork family that values tolerance above all else, it becomes particularly difficult when it reaches the limits of this tolerance. And for comedy audiences it’s particularly enjoyable to watch these characters have their limits tested and thus the viewers recognize a bit of their own lives. We’re living in times of upheaval, justified anxieties and absurd hysteria. Not a good time for elections, but the perfect time for movies, because complex themes, major conflicts and exaggerated fears are the best starting point for good comedies such as What Have We Done to Deserve This.”

 

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

2018 Zurich FF – Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria