ZagrebDox Pro Retrospective

Cash and Marry

Atanas Georgiev
Screening time  
24.02. / Monday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 1  
Young men from the Balkans leave for Austria with student visas. Instead of coming back home where the uncertain future of transitional countries awaits them, these men pay between seven and 12 thousand euro for Austrian wives, hoping they might get Austrian citizenship.

This is what the film director will do as well – he will travel to Vienna and film the entire process. He will try to establish why these people do it, he will give his own reasons, find a wife and organise a fake wedding. He will reveal to us why people have been doing it thus far, what motivated them to pay for fake wives, and why these girls agree to such a thing. Full of twisted humour and absurdity, this film bares it all, fitting in the irrationality of the new Europe where there are no more physical boundaries, but a whole lot of bureaucratic boundaries and prejudices.

Atanas Georgiev

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.

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Cash and Marry

Croatia, Austria, Macedonia, USA
2009, 76', video

Directed by:
Atanas Georgiev

Screenplay by:
Marjan Alčevski, Atanas Georgiev

Dimo Popov

Edited by:
Vladimir Gojun


Siniša Juričić, Ralph Wieser, Atanas Georgiev

Produced by:
Nukleus film, 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