Regional Competition

We Come As Friends

Hubert Sauper
Screening time  
23.02. / Monday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 4  
24.02. / Tuesday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 1  
25.02. / Wednesday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 1  
A modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa.

We Come As Friends is a modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent’s biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old "civilizing" pathology re-emerges – that of colonialism, clash of empires, and yet new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources. The director of Darwin’s Nightmare takes us on this voyage in his tiny, self-made flying machine out of tin and canvas, he leads us into most improbable locations and into people’s thoughts and dreams, in both stunning and heartbreaking ways. Chinese oil workers, UN peacekeepers, Sudanese warlords, and American evangelists ironically weave common ground in this documentary.


Hubert Sauper

Hubert Sauper was born in Kitzbühel, a village of Tyrol, Austrian Alps. He studied film directing in Vienna and in Paris. Hubert teaches film classes in Europe and USA. The last two documentaries he wrote and directed were awarded twelve international film prizes: Come as Friends (2014) and Darwin's Nightmare (2004), the latest being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. As an actor he played in several shorts and two feature length films.

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We Come As Friends

France, Austria
2014, 110', DCP

Directed by:
Hubert Sauper

Screenplay by:
Hubert Sauper

Hubert Sauper, Barney Broomfield, Enzo Brandner, Eugenio Polgovsky

Edited by:
Hubert Sauper, Cathie Dambel, Denise Vindevogel

Slim Twig

Hubert Sauper, Gabriele Kranzelbinder

Produced by:
Adelante Films, KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production

Festivals & Awards:

Sundance Film Festival 2014 – World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematic Bravery; Berlin International Film Festival 2014 – Peace Film Prize; Viennale 2014 – Vienna Film Prize; Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2014 – Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Film; Planete+Doc Film Festival 2014 – Millennium Award; Subversive Film Festival Zagreb 2014 – Wild Dreamer Award; Austrian Film Award 2015 – nomination Best Documentary Film; European Film Awards 2014 – nomination; San Francisco International Film Festival 2014; CPH:DOX 2014