On the occasion of the Diagonale 2022, director Kurdwin Ayub presented her feature film Sonne, the festival’s opening film, which had already been screened at the Berlinale 2022, where it won the GWFF-Preis for Best Debut Film. Cinema Austriaco had the opportunity to have a chat with her and learn more about her work and career.
In Paradise! Paradise! two cultures are compared through their colours, their sounds, their city streets. Different languages immediately become a universal language, immediately become cinema. At the Diagonale’22.
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.
Kurdwin Ayub is not afraid to dare and experiment with new film languages. This, after all, is what she has always done in her previous works as well. In Sonne, therefore, the director also finally feels free to develop and explore themes close to her heart from the perspective of teenagers who live in a big European city, but who come from all over the world. What, then, does homeland mean?
A strong sense of nihilism and coldness emerges from LOLOLOL. All this results in a short film that ranks as an excellent example of cinema of reality with a mise en scène of an underground film from the 1990s.