The new movie directed by Anja Salomonowitz “Spanien” (Spain) was the opener of this year’s Diagonale. It starts with a car crash. Sava, a refugee headed for Spain, is the only survivor and is now stranded in Austria, where he helps out a priest to restore statues in a church. Magdalena also works in this church and restores paintings. She is being stalked by Albert, her ex-husband. Gabriel is a family father who is trapped in a gambling addiction and in debts. The movie slowly tells their story and soon we learn how the single pieces of the puzzle that we see fit together.
Written together with author Dimitré Dinev, Salomonowitz managed to make an intense movie that can easily compare with great international films. I hereby command all independent movie lovers to watch it.