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BOOMERANG

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by Kurdwin Ayub

grade: 7.5

In Boomerang we find all the constants of Kurdwin Ayub’s filmography. Here too we notice a conscious and extremely mature approach to a young story about young people. A light and deep story at the same time. An extremely personal story that through the director’s innovative gaze immediately takes on universal connotations. At the Diagonale’22.

Young adults

Dana (played by Law Wallner, who we can also find in the recent Sonne) is a teenager whose parents have recently separated. Her mother has moved into a new flat and organised a small party with her children and colleagues to inaugurate it. Her father is waiting in the car outside his ex-wife’s house and would like to take part in the party. It will be Dana’s task to try to calm him down and prevent him from ruining his mother’s party. The torments of a teenager who has to deal with the separation of her parents and, at the same time, to try to protect them is thus staged by director Kurdwin Ayub in her short film Boomerang, made in 2018 and shown to the audience again at the Diagonale’22 as part of the In Referenz section.

Boomerang is a colourful and pulsating teenage story. A story that shows us a small reality that concerns not only the young protagonist, but also many other teenagers who, like her, are forced to become adults before their time and almost have to parent their parents. Dana is much more alike her father than it may initially seem. While she enjoys shooting short videos with her siblings with her mobile phone, she makes sure that each of her family members can feel at ease.

A light irony, but also a subtle melancholy pervade this precious little short film by Kurdwin Ayub. Boomerang is distinguished – perfectly in line with the young filmmaker’s other works – by a direction in which a tendentially realistic approach – with frequent use of shoulder cameras – is well combined with short videos made with a mobile phone, where colourful special effects contribute to characterising, enriching and colouring the teenage world so dear to the director.

Kurdwin Ayub re-creates her own world on the big screen, giving it different connotations each time, but in which we always find a strong autobiographical character. Particularly noteworthy, in this respect, is the special relationship between father and daughter. In Boomerang, in fact, Dana immediately seems to have a special feeling with her father. He too, like her, is sensitive and vulnerable. He too is constantly searching for affection and balance. He, too, sometimes enjoys becoming a child again, just like when he enjoys shooting videos alone with his mobile phone at night before going to sleep. In Boomerang, then, we find all the constants of Kurdwin Ayub’s filmography. Here too, we notice a conscious and extremely mature approach in a young story about young people. A light and deep story at the same time. An extremely personal story that through the director’s innovative gaze immediately takes on universal connotations

Original title: Boomerang
Directed by: Kurdwin Ayub
Country/year: Austria / 2018
Running time: 20’
Genre: comedy, drama, coming-of-age
Cast: Hasan Ali Mete, Law Wallner, Atlana Puntigam, Arthur Berghammer, Mercedes Echerer, Inge Maux, Angelika Niedetzky, Tom Feichtinger
Screenplay: Kurdwin Ayub
Cinematography: Caroline Bobek
Produced by: WILDart FILM

Info: the page of Boomerang on the website of the Diagonale; the page of Boomerang on iMDb; the page of Boomerang on the website of Kurdwin Ayub