Austria 2012, Feature film, 102’ | Director Anja Salomonowitz | Screenplay Dimitré Dinev, Anja Salomonowitz | DoP Sebastian Pfaffenbichler | Editor Frédéric Fichefet | Sound Nikolay Urumov | Music Max Richter | Cast Grégoire Colin, Tatjana Alexander, Cornelius Obonya, Lukas Miko and others | Production Dor Film | World Sales Doc & Film International

Why Spain?
»People there are still afraid of God. Where people are afraid of God, you can live well.«

A Volkswagen minibus drives through the night, then it crashes into a car. Sava slips out from a hiding place under the cargo hold. He has paid a lot of money to be smuggled to Spain. He leaves the scene of the accident, and soon realises that he is not in Spain at all, but in Austria.  
Yet his destination is still Spain, so he sets off in search of the smugglers to get the money back that he has paid for the journey. On his search, Sava meets people with great anger, with great longing and great secrets. People who have money, and those with none, people with and without illusions. People who distract you from your destination and people for whom it is worth forgetting you had a destination.


ANJA SALOMONOWITZ lives as a scriptwriter and director in Vienna. She studied film editing and film direction at the Film Academy in Vienna and at the Film and Television University »Konrad Wolf«. Her documentary film Kurz davor ist es passiert won the Vienna Film Prize at the Viennale 2006 and the Caligari film award of the International Forum of New Cinema in 2007. Spanien had its world première there in 2012 – also in the Forum. She is currently working on the political documentation Die 727 Tage ohne Karamo, a plea against the laws relating to aliens.


Films by Anja Salomonowitz (Selection)
Kurz davor ist es passiert 2006 | Mozart Spot | Das wirst Du nie verstehen 2003 | Projektionen eines Filmvorführers in einem Pornokino 2002 | Carmen 2000



Anja Salomonowitz
Feature Film
Debut Feature Film Competition