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We come as Friends

a film by Hubert Sauper

DOCUMENTARY | 2014 | F / A | 110 min | Diverse Sprache

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"We Come As Friends" is a modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the the heart of Africa.  At the moment when the Sudan, the continent's biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old 'civilizing' pathology re-emerges - that of colonialism, clash of empires, and yet new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources.

The director of "Darwin's Nightmare" takes us on this voyage in his tiny, self-made flying machine out of tin and canvas, he leads us into most improbable locations and into people's thoughts and dreams, in both stunning and heartbreaking ways. Chinese oil workers, UN peacekeepers, Sudanese warlords, and American evangelists ironically weave common ground in this documentary.

If "history does not repeat itself, but rhymes", "We Come As Friends" bares witness to this disquieting reality - it is a complex, profound and humorous cinematic endeavor - a tale of very old and rather sinister verses.


Director: Hubert SauperScreenplay: Hubert SauperCamera: Hubert SauperEditing: Hubert Sauper, Cathie Dambel, Denise VindevogelMusic: Slim TwigProduction Management: Stephanie Bourdin, Marie Tappero
Production: Hubert Sauper, Gabriele Kranzelbinder
Funding: ÖFI, ORF-FFA, FFW, Eurimages, Canal +, ARTE France

Worldsales: LE PACTE
"We Come As Friends" is a modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the the heart of Africa.  At the moment when the Sudan, the continent's biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old 'civilizing' pathology re-emerges - that of colonialism, clash of empires, and yet new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources.

The director of "Darwin's Nightmare" takes us on this voyage in his tiny, self-made flying machine out of tin and canvas, he leads us into most improbable locations and into people's thoughts and dreams, in both stunning and heartbreaking ways. Chinese oil workers, UN peacekeepers, Sudanese warlords, and American evangelists ironically weave common ground in this documentary.

If "history does not repeat itself, but rhymes", "We Come As Friends" bares witness to this disquieting reality - it is a complex, profound and humorous cinematic endeavor - a tale of very old and rather sinister verses.

Prizes:
  • World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematic Bravery (Park City, Sundance Film Festival)
  • Friedensfilmpreis / Peace Film Prize (Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin/Berlinale Special)
  • Millennium Award (Warsaw, Planete+ Doc Film Festival)
  • Wild Dreamer Award (Zagreb, Subversive Film Festival)
  • Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Film (Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2014)
  • Honoarble mention - Bergen IFF 2014 (Norway)
  • VIENNALE - WIENER FILMPREIS 2014 for Best Documentary 2014
  • EFA, European Film Academy, Nominated for best European Documentary 2014
  • Austrian Film Academy Award, Best Austrian Documentary 2014
  • Nominated for the Oscar in the documentary category, 2015


Festivals:

Sundance Film Festival (Park City, Utah/USA | Jan 16-26, 2014)  World Premiere (Jan 18, 2014)
Berlinale | Int. Filmfestspiele Berlin (Berlin, Germany | Feb 6-16, 2014)  European Premiere (Feb 8, 2014)

NEW YORK, 43rd New Directors/New Films, 19.03 - 30.03.2014
BUENOS AIRES, 16° Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (BAFICI), 02.04 - 13.04.2014
ISTANBUL, 33rd Film Festival, 05.04 - 20.04.2014
SAN FRANCISCO, 57th International Film Festival, 24.04 - 08.05.2014
ZAGREB, 7th Subversive Film Festival, 02.05 - 17.05.2014, Wild Dreamer Award, Best Film 2014.
WARSAW, 11th Planete+Doc Film Festival, 09.05 - 18.05.2014, Millennium Award 2014, Best Film
FALUN, BORLÄNGE, Sweden, Peace & Love Film Festival, 22.06 - 26.06.2014
DURBAN, South Africa, 35th International Film Festival, 17.07 - 27.07.2014
PRIZREN, 12th Dokufest - International Documentary and Short Film Festival, 16.08 - 24.08.2014
MILANO, 19th Milano Film Festival, 04.09 - 14.09.2014
ZÜRICH, 10. Film Festival, 25.09 - 05.10.2014
KAPITTEL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Norway, 17/09/2014 – 21/09/2014
HELSINKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Finland, 18/09/2014 – 28/09/2014
BERGEN, 15th International Film Festival, 24.09 - 01.10.2014, Honorable Jury Mention
RIO DE JANEIRO, 16th International Film Festival, 24.09 - 08.10.2014
VANCOUVER, 33rd International Film Festival, 25.09 - 10.10.2014
BUSAN, 19th International Film Festival, 02.10 - 11.10.2014
LONDON, 58th BFI Film Festival, 08.10 - 19.10.2014
HAIFA, 30th International Film Festival, 09.10 - 18.10.2014
MORELIA, 12° Festival Internacional de Cine, 17.10 - 26.10.2014
VILNIUS, 8th International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival "Inconvenient Films", 22.10 - 30.10.2014
CANBERRA, Australia, 18th International Film Festival, 23.10 - 09.11.2014
JIHLAVA, Czech Republic, 18th International Documentary Film Festival, 23.10 - 28.10.2014, Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Film 2014
COPENHAGEN, 13th CPH:DOX – international documentary film Festival, 06.11 - 16.11.2014
SEVILLA, 11° Festival de Cine Europeo, 07.11 - 15.11.2014
CAIRO, 36th International Film Festival, 09.11 - 18.11.2014
MONTREAL, 17e RIDM Rencontres internationales du documentaire, 12.11 - 23.11.2014
LJUBLJANA, 25th International Film Festival "LIFFe", 12.11 - 23.11.2014
AMSTERDAM, 27th International Documentary Film Festival - IDFA, 19.11 - 30.11.2014
VIENNALE, Austria.  Best Documentary, WIENER FILMPREIS 2014
EFA, European Film Academy Award, Nominated for best European Documentary 2014
Austrian Film Academy Award, Best Austrian Documentary 2014
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico, 16/01/2015 – 24/01/2015
THESSALONIKI, Greece, International documentary FF – 12-22 march 2015
THE HAGUE, Netherlands, MOVIES THAT MATTER FILM FESTIVAL March 2015
KIEV, UKRAINE, International Docu Days, March 2015
BUCAREST, Romania, One World Film Festival, March 2015
PRAGUE, Czech Republic, One World Film Festival, March 2015
FEBIOFEST BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, March 2015

DIAGONALE Festival of Austrian Films, March 2015
SAN SEBASTIAN, Human Rights film festival, April 2015
QUITO, Ecuador, International documentary film festival, May 2015
FICMEC, Espagne, 26-31 May 2015



  • Filmography:
  • On the Road With Emil (1993, Documentary)
  • So I Sleepwalk In Broad Daylight (1994, fiction)
  • Lomographer's Moscow (1995, Documentary)
  • Kisangani Diary / Loin du Rwanda (Far From Rwanda) (1998, Documentary)
  • Alone With Our Stories (2000, Documentary)
  • Darwin's Nightmare (2004, Documentary)





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