In Erwin and Julia, each of the protagonists seems never to be able to realise their dreams. Despite all the potential of the city of Vienna. Erwin, Wolf, but also Claudia and Karin live almost in a kind of limbo, perfectly aware of what they want to become, but somehow unable to achieve their goals. And what if their own goals are, in reality, mere illusions?
Good News – Ulrich Seidl’s brilliant debut after a series of shorts and medium-length films – follows step by step the everyday life of all those workers, mainly from Bangladesh, who are hired by the major national newspapers in order to sell their newspapers on the streets of the city and at underground stations. A system, this one, which shows a class hierarchy more marked than ever, where the exasperated stillness of the lives of the upper class contrasts strongly with the instability, lack of certainty and security of the lives of the immigrants.
We are spared nothing, during the screening of Meatgrinder. The director, with an extremely essential approach, gets straight to the point. And, likewise, a harsh, deliberately dirty aesthetic is perfectly appropriate for what Houchang Allayari wanted to denounce in this short but important film of his.