DIE MIGRANTIGEN / The Migrumpies
In the absurd setting of The Migrumpies there are many levels which are rooted in our experiences and the lives of other people from a migrant background. I’m thinking about the father-son relationship here. We attempted to include in the film the clichés from our lives and give them a plausible feeling. Clichés are always rooted in reality. You can work with them in a very exaggerated fashion, so they are experienced as unreal. But you can also approach clichés with respect. (Arman T. Riahi)
For a documentary show about a socially disadvantaged neighborhood, the two well-off friends Benny and Marko pretend to be petty criminals with immigrant background – before the coin flips and reality turns against them.
ARMAN T. RIAHI, born in 1981 in Iran, grew up in Vienna. He studied media engineering and worked as a graphic and screen designer in London and Vienna. Since 2005, Riahi works as a freelance director and author. The Migrumpies received the Audience Award at the Filmfestival Max-Ophüls-Preis 2017. // Films (selection): Elektronikschrott (2005, short), Schwarzkopf (2011, doc; CE’11), Everyday Rebellion (co-directed by Arash T. Riahi, 2013, doc), Kinders (co-directed by Arash T. Riahi, 2016, doc), Die Migrantigen (The Migrumpies, 2017)
European Panorama Fiction
ARMAN T. RIAHI
DCP / Cinemascope / color
dOF / german OV