Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Vienna!
"Macondo" was a name, I only related to the novels of Gabriel García Márquez, in particular to "One hundred years of solitude". Thus, I assumed that the Austrian film by Sudabeh Mortezai was portraying a fictive place, where magical, perhaps also absurd things were happening. I didn't know that Macondo is an actual place on the outskirts of Vienna, a refugee settlement built in the 1950s. Approximately 3000 people who had to flee their homelands live in this settlement, which was built on the site of former K.u.K. (imperial and royal) barracks. The name "Macondo" was given to this oddly assorted village by Chilean refugees in the 1970s. It is a suiting name. Like its fictive name bearer, the Viennese Macondo officially doesn't exist.
Burroughs - the movie (1983/2014), the first long feature documentary made about the author offers us an intimate portrait of this controversial man. Part of why this film is so personal is due to the close friendship that developed between Burroughs and Howard Brookner, the director, during the 5 year long filming process. Initially, Brookner's senior thesis at NYU, the film was subsequently expanded into a feature and received widely positive reviews at its release. The film material was restored and digitalized in 2012 by Brookner's nephew, Aaron Brookner and released in 2014, the year of Burroughs' 100th birthday.The documentary wins over its audience due to Burroughs honesty in recounting his life, which leads to the impression that despite of his shortcomings as a responsible adult and father, there was a fairly likeable character hiding behind his cheeky smile.