727 days is a long time to spend alone. Austrian migration officials prevent Karamo from living in the country with his wife and children because he’s African. The film tells a dozen tragic love stories just like Karamo’s with beautiful means that are borderline fiction and documentary. Salomonowitz’s art is precise and calculated, wonderful and fluent.
The dichotomy between human and the state apparatus seems as mundane and natural as the binary oppositions between the irrational and the rational, emotion and reason. It shows the Austrian immigration policies’ take on relationships to be illusory, racist and devoid of reality.
The story is equally bleak and almost identical in the 21 multinational families depicted. Families and couples exhaust under fear and bureaucracy. On their tail lurch government officials who hold nothing back in their efforts. They seem to know just when and where to hit: foreigners have passports on them when being wed, which makes immediate deportation easy. It’s cost-effective for sure, but people are not adhesive bandages. Quickly ripping off doesn’t hurt any less.
Text: Christa Åkerman / Translation: Tapio Reinekoski
Director Anja Salomonowitz will be present at the screening.
- Name in Original Language: Die 727 Tage ohne Karamo
- Director: Anja Salomonowitz
- Country: Austria
- Year: 2013
- Length: 80 min
- Age limit: S
- Format: DCP
- Cinematography: Martin Putz
- Editing: Petra Zöpnek
- Audio: Hjalti Bager-Jonathansson
- Music: Bernhard Fleischmann
- Production: Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Bady Minck / Amour Fou Vienna
- Maxim 2: Wednesday 28.1. at 20:30