Scene from the film Megacities
Scene from the film Megacities
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Bombay, Mexico City, Moscow, New York: seductive yet repellent monsters. The contradiction insinuates itself into the daily lives of those who populate theses megacities. In 12 chapters the film tells the stories of Shankar the bioscope man, Modesto the chicken feet seller, Babu Khan the colour sifter, Nestor the rubbish collector, of the street kids Oleg, Borja, Kolya and Misha, Cassandra the actress, Larissa the crane driver and Tony the hustler. Day in, day out they all set about their struggle for survival with ingenuity, intelligence and dignity. And they all share a single fantasy: the dream of a better life.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Michael Glawogger
  • DOP
    Wolfgang Thaler
  • Editing
    Andrea Wagner
  • Sound
    Ekkehart Baumung
  • Duration
    90 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • MARSEILLE (Sunny Side of the Doc, 7. Internationaler Dokumentarfilmmarkt)
    • MARSEILLE (Sunny Side of the Doc, 7th International Documentary Market)
    • LOCARNO (51st International Film Festival)
    • TORONTO (23rd International Film Festival)
    • SAN SEBASTIAN (46th International Film Festival)
    • PUSAN (3rd International Film Festival)
    • SAO PAULO (22nd International Film Festival)
    • VIENNA (Viennale)
    • HOF (32nd Internationale Filmtage)
    • DUISBURG (22nd Filmwoche)
    • AMSTERDAM (11th International Documentary Filmfestival)
    • SAARBRÃœCKEN (20th Max Ophuels Preis Film Festival)
    • PARK CITY (Sundance Film Festival)
    • GÖTEBORG (22nd Film Festival)
    • GHENT (5th Documentary Film Festival Viewpoint: Documentary Now)
    • SANTA BARBARA (14th International Film Festival)
    • PARIS (21st Cinema du Reel, International Documentary Film Festival)
    • ALES (17th Festival Cinéma d'ales Itinérances)
    • THESSALONIKI (1st Documentary Festival, Images of the 21st Century)
    • HONG KONG (23rd International Film Festival)
    • BUENOS AIRES (1st Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
    • Minneapolis/St. Paul (17th International Film Festival)
    • BARCELONA (Goethe Institute)
    • SAN FRANCISCO (42nd International Film Festival)
    • PHILADELPHIA (Festival of World Cinema)
    • CANNES (7th Academie du Documentaire)
    • EMDEN (10th Internationales Filmfest)
    • SYDNEY (46th Film Festival)
    • KARLOVY VARY (34th International Film Festival)
    • MOSCOW (XXI International Film Festival)
    • MELBOURNE (48th International Film Festival)
    • COPENHAGEN (European Film College)
    • HELSINKI (12th International Film Festival "Love & Anarchy")
    • VANCOUVER (18th International Film Festival)
    • AARHUS (2nd Festival of Festivals)
    • ODIVELAS (10th International Documentary Film Festival)
    • MONTREAL (2e Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire)
    • CRANBERRA (Multicultural Festival)
    • STOCKHOLM (TEMPO Documentary Film Festival)
    • THESSALONIKI ("The City")
    • PÃRNU (Doc Film Festival)
    • ROME (MEDFilmfestival / Competition)
    • RIGA (Arsenal Film Festival)
    • TAIWAN (TIDF / Competition)
    • SINGAPORE (European Film Week)
    • TORINO (CinemAmbiente)
    • JIHLAVA (Doc Film Festival)
    • LONDON (Reel Time)
    • ISTANBUL (International Meeting of Cinema)
    • WASHINGTON (Environmental Film Festival)
    • SERRA DA ESTRELA, Portugal (Festival Internacional de Cinema de Ambiente)
    • BILBAO (Filmfestival ZINEBI)
    • LISBON (Indielisboa, Retrospective)
    • Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF)
  • Awards
    • BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD, Sao Paulo International Documentary Festival 1998
    • VIENNA FILM AWARD, Viennale 1998
    • GOLDEN SPIRE AWARD, San Francisco International Film Festival 1999
    • NFB AWARD for Best Documentary**, International Film Festival Vancouver 1999
    • AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR, Arsenal Film Festival Riga 2000
    • Environmental Anthropology Award and Best Documentary Award - CineEco International Environmental Film and Video Festival 2002 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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