The Most Beautiful Country in the World

  • Austria
  • Croatia
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
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The film follows a group of young migrants in Vienna who break through the administrative labyrinths to gain status and residence. We see their anxieties, mutual encouragement and achievements. While mastering the foreign language, they demonstrate skills in their professions, clarity and knowledge on entrance exams for schools and universities. It is also a story about new and old friendships, about the feeling of freedom in the new environment, without the pressure of war threats and the patriarchal stance of the family life.

The main hero is a twenty-three-year-old Bagher, who embarked on his journey from Afghanistan as a seventeen-year-old, leaving a war-torn family. After three years of travel (through Iran, Turkey, Greece and the Balkans) he arrived in Austria in 2015. He proved himself to be a brave, honest and intelligent young man. He has mastered the German language and has several devoted and intelligent friends. They are on the road of ‘Europeanisation’, but suddenly Bagher's grandfather Haydar appears, arriving in Austria illegally, through Slovenia. He came to find Bagher in order to convey the message, that he has a duty to preserve the name and honour of the family, because all the other men were killed in the war back in Afghanistan. The appearance of grandfather Haydar leads to discouragement, evocation of the past, conflicts and a series of new labyrinths, from which Bagher and his new friends must find the way out.

Co-producers: Factum Documentary Project / Tramal Films / RTV Vojvodina.


  • Original Title
    The Most Beautiful Country in the World
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Želimir Žilnik
  • Cinematography
    Peter Roehsler
  • Editing
    Vuk Vukmirovic
  • Sound
    Günther Tuppinger
  • Runtime
    101 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
    • Croatia
    • Serbia
    • Slovenia
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Belgrade - Auteur Film Festival 2018
    • DocLisboa 2018
    • Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2018
    • Zagreb - Human Rights Film Festival 2018
    • Innsbruck - International Film Festival 2018
    • International Film Festival Izola 2019
    • Kosovo Dokufest Doc Film Festival 2019
    • Trieste - Alpe Adria Cinema 2019 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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