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Title: Nobadi
Original title: Nobadi
Format: two hours, HD
Starring: Borhanulddin Hassan Zadeh
Heinz Trixner
Directed by: Karl Markovics (THE COUNTERFEITERS)
Produced by: epo-film


From the director of "BREATHING" (Cannes 2011).

Heinrich, a cranky 93-year-old, lives on a small allotment in Vienna. When his dog dies, he decides to bury him behind his cabin. Failing to do so himself, he begrudgingly hires a young man from Afghanistan, Adib. While the two struggle to trust each other, Adib finds ways to appease the angry old man. A little while after the work is done, Heinrich finds Adib unconscious and he knows he will need to help the young man. Adib refuses to go to hospital, fearing deportation. Heinrich decides to take matters into his own hands and the two spend a night together that is so full of chance, will power, and inner revelation, it's hard to believe that these two found each other!

Press Quotes

"Get ready for one of the year's best films."

"Nobadi turns the oddball couple genre on its head."
"By refusing the easy approach, Markovics uncovers the higher truth within, offering pertinent commentary on the migrant crisis, Austrian society, and universal prejudice, while never seeping into didacticism.
"Nobadi reveals itself to be a work both profound and entertaining, challenging assumptions right up until the final frame."

"There's a version of Nobadi, from writer-director (and, elsewhere, actor) Karl Markovics, in which its two leads—cranky old Robert and Afghani refugee Adib—learn to help each other, both changing for the better. That, however, is not this film. In fact, it may well be difficult to view films of that type ever again after watching this one—an outcome that really only benefits us, the audience.
"Nobadi's true pleasures are found in how carefully Markovics dances around expectations before exploding his film well beyond its modern-day political framing."

"If you're wondering if this is going to be a film where you get to fall in love with a dog only to see it die, the answer is no. Instead, what we have is getting to know Heinrich and Adib by way of their differences. Trigger/content warning: There Will Be Blood. Eventually, this film becomes about remorse. While Nobadi makes reference to Homer in The Odyssey, the fact of the matter is nobody is a nobody. Everybody is a somebody."

"The premise was used in Aki Kaurismaki's The Other Side Of Hope and re-visited again in this Austrian version entitled Nobadi. Nobadi is a more serious version but not without humour."
"Candid performances by both Trixner and Zadeh."