Paradies! Paradies!

Paradise! Paradise!

In 1991, Kurdwin Ayub and her parents were forced to flee from Iraq. The family settled in Vienna. Years later, her father Omar is homesick and has decided to visit relatives in his hometown of Dohuk again, but this time in order to purchase a property there. With camera in hand, Kurdwin accompanies her father on visits with relatives, real estate agents, and even soldiers in a war zone within reach of the IS. The places and people they encounter repeatedly call into question Omar’s glorified picture of Kurdistan, a place he calls “Paradise”.

Director's Biography
KURDWIN AYUB, born in 1990, studied at the University of Applied Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (ongoing). Her animated and performative shorts have been screened internationally. In 2012, she made her first documentary short, Family Holiday, accompanying her family on a trip to Iraq. Paradise! Paradise! is her first feature-length film.
Cinema Next Europe 2016
Kurdwin Ayub
Austria 2016
78 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Kurdwin Ayub
Cinematography Kurdwin Ayub
Editing Nooran Talebi
Sound/Sounddesign Rudi Pototschnig
Producer(s) Rudi Takacs, Lixi Frank (Takacs Filmproduktion, AT)
Takacs Filmproduktion Anton Freunschlaggasse 99 1230 Wien
Verleih in Österreich / Austrian Distribution
Neubaugasse 45/13
1070 Vienna, Austria

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Diagonale – Festival of Austrian Film 2016

Internationale Premiere / International Premiere
Buenos Aires International Film Festival 2016