Young men from the Balkans go to Austria on student visas. Instead of returning home, to an uncertain future of countries in transition, these men pay €7000 - 12000 for Austrian ‘wives’, hoping it will help them get Austrian citizenship. This is exactly what the film’s director will do - he will go to Vienna, documenting the whole process; from the reasons why people do this, why he is doing it, to finding a wife and the mock wedding. He will discover why others have done it in the past: what made them come and pay for the fake-wife, also what made these girls agree to such a thing. Full of twisted humor and absurdity, this film reveals it all, blending nicely with the irrationality of the new-born Europe, the one without the physical borders, but full of the ones set up by the bureaucracy and the minds of people who live there.
Atanas Georgiev was born in 1977 in Skopje, Macedonia. He graduated in 2000 from the Academy of Drama Arts in Skopje in film & TV editing, and edited numerous feature films, documentaries, shorts, and music videos. He is the owner and producer of Trice Films Production, based in Skopje and Prague.
Macedonia, Croatia, Austria, USA
2008, 75', color, video
Marjan Alčevski, Atanas Georgiev
Siniša Juričić, Ralph Wieser, Atanas Georgiev, Sally Jo Fifer
Nukleus, Mischief Films, Trice Films, ITVS International
Festivals & Awards:
ZagrebDox 2009 – Jury Special Mention; Liburnia Film Festival 2009 – Audience Award; Jury Special Mention; Sarajevo Film Festival 2009 – Second Best Film of the Audience’s Choice; Visions du Réel 2009 – Regards Neufs Award; DocuDays 2010 – Andriy Matrosov Award; Civis Media 2010