Suzie Washington

Suzie Washington

Drama | 1998

SUZIE WASHINGTON is about a woman who is a refugee with the intention of only passing through Austria.
Nana Iaschwili, a former citizen of the Soviet Union, lands at Vienna Airport. Her destination is actually America, but she is prevented from making her connecting flight to the U.S. because her visa for America is a forgery. Nana is arrested, but before she can be deported back to her own country, she manages to escape.
For five days she travels illegally throughout Austria, ostensibly as a tourist, constantly changing her travelling companions, means of transportation and living quarters. One of the people who helps her during her unintended travels as an illegal tourist is a shy vacationer. When the police begin a search for Nana and circulate her Photo and when through a moment‘s inattentiveness she loses her baggage and money, Nana decides to try to get to Germany and go underground. Accompanied by a bank robber on the run, she makes it to the border, the no-man‘s-land between Austria and Germany. She fails in her attempt to cross the border illegally, and Nana is given shelter by the manager of a mountain lodge, who would be only too happy to keep her there.
But Nana has other plans.

Director: Florian Flicker
Script: Michael Sturminger
Florian Flicker
D.O.P.: Robert Neumüller
Sound: Bernhard Weirather
Andreas Kopriva
Editing: Mona Willi
Music: Andi Haller
Production Design: Christoph Kanter
Costume Design: Heidi Melinc
Make up: Martina Angeletti
Casting: Markus Schleinzer
Producer: Helmut Grasser
Production Company: Allegro Film
Cast: Birgit Doll
August Zirner
Karl Ferdinand Kratzl
Wolfram Berger
Nina Proll
Goran Rebic u.a.
Technical data: 87 min. / Colour / German / S-16mm / 35mm, 1:1.66 / Dolby SR
Festivals: Max Ophüls Preis/Saarbrücken 1998
Sarajevo Film Festival 1998
Montreal Int'l Film Festival 1998
San Sebastian/Zabaltegi
Fort Lauderdale Film Festival / World Cinema 1998
Mar del Plata 1998
Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival / New Horizons 1998
Turin Film Festival 1998
Alpe Adria Film Festival Triest / Offcial Selection 1999
Brüssel Int'l Film Festival 1999
Portland Int'l Film Festival 1999
Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival 1999 a.o.
Awards: Diagonale 1998: Best Austrian Feature Film
Fort Lauderdale 1998: „Best Actress Award“ for Birgit Doll
Saarbrücken 1998: „Femina Prize 98“ - Best Editing
Funds: Austrian Film Institute
Vienna Film Fund
ORF Film/Television Agreement
Land Salzburg Kultur
Stadt Salzburg



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