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Original name: Europa
English name: Europa
Year: 2023
Run time: 98 Min
Language: English, Albanian, German
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Austria
Director: Sudabeh Mortezai
Producers: Mehrdad Mortezai, Sudabeh Mortezai
Cast: Lilith Stangenberg, Jetnor Gorezi, Steljona Kadillari, Mirando Sylari, Tobias Winter
Screenplay: Sudabeh Mortezai
Cinematographer: Klemens Hufnagl
Editor: Julia Drack
Sound Designer: Atanas Tcholakov
Production Company: Fratella Filmproduktion, Good Chaos
World Sales: Memento International


  • BFI London 2023
  • Viennale 2023
  • Sarajevo IFF 2023
  • Marrakech IFF 2023
  • Haifa IFF 2023
  • Zurich IFF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2018 Joy
  • 2014 Macondo
  • 2009 In Bazaar of Sexes (Documentary)
  • 2006 Children of The Prophet (Documentary)

Director's Biography:

Sudabeh Mortezai

Born to Iranian parents in Ludwigsburg, Germany, in 1968, Sudabeh Mortezai grew up in Tehran and Vienna, and completed studies in theatre and film in Vienna and Los Angeles (UCLA). Her feature-length directorial debut, Macondo (2014), had its premiere in the Competition at the Berlinale. Joy (2018), her second feature, premiered at the Venice IFF and received numerous prizes, including the Best Film Award at the London FF and the Étoile d'Or at the Marrakech IFF.


Beate is an ambitious executive working at EUROPA, a mysterious corporation looking to expand into the Balkans region. Seemingly promoting philanthropy and investment in underdeveloped areas, Europa actually needs to buy off lands from locals in a remote valley in Albania using Beate as the main negotiator for this ambiguous mission. But things don't go as planned when she is challenged by Jetnor, a stubborn and spiritual farmer who refuses to leave the land of his ancestors.