Sierra Zulu is an upcoming feature length dark comedy directed by Johannes Grenzfurthner (Monochrom) about the fictional communist microstate of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf. Grenzfurthner, a longtime friend of the Squid, recently discussed the film project at TedxVienna.
The movie “Sierra Zulu” aims to use stylistic elements of the dark comedy or the farce to deal with the fundamental questions of national supremacy, international conflict solving strategies, national and international legislation, the power of the media and the diplomatic incapacity of international organizations. The movie wants to explore the perspectives of people who live more or less on the fringes of what we would call “history” or “the world”. This fringe area – surrounded by Austrian sovereign territory – is where we find the microstate Soviet Unterzoegersdorf, the almost forgotten ‘last autonomous republic of the Soviet Union’ which has fallen victim to its geo-political, historical, cultural, and economical insignificance. This village is the last state to represent the ideas which have been eradicated from the face of the earth with Soviet-Communism.
This is just the latest phase of the Soviet Unterzoegersdorf project, which has included public performances and two video games.