Oskar and Lily - Where No One Knows Us

  • Oskar und Lilli (Working title)
All titles (4)
Feature Film | 2018-2019 | Drama, Youth | Austria

Main data

Shooting data

Start of shooting02/07/2018
End of shooting18/08/2018
Number of shooting days36
LocationsWien, Niederösterreich

Brief synopsis

Chechen refugee children, Oskar (8) and Lilli (13), who have been living in Austria for six years, are about to be deported along with their mother. However, her sudden attempted suicide results not only in the short-term suspension of their deportation, but also in the forced separation of the family. The children’s hope that they will be reunited with their mother is nourished by their love for each other and challenges all bureaucratic obstacles with passion and poetry. A bittersweet odyssey about the many ways of perceiving the world around you in order to survive.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Leopold PalluaOskar [L]
Rosa ZantLilli [L]
Anna FenderlBetti [L]
Christine OstermayerErika [L]
Rainer WössGeorg [L]
Simone FuithRut [L]
Markus ZettLehrer [L]
Ines MiroMutter [L]
Alexandra Maria NutzLehrerin [L]
Viktor KrügerUniformierter Beamter [GS]
Alice SchneiderBetti´s Mama [SR]
Simon DietersdorferPolizist [SR]
Sonja RomeiSchullehrerin [SR]
Karim RahomaConcierge [SR]


Title designerConny Brizsak
Director of photographyEnzo Brandner
1st assistant cameraChristoph Grasser
2nd assistant cameraLisa Eidenhammer
Costume designerMonika Buttinger
Costume design traineeJohanna Hofbauer
DirectorArash T. Riahi
1st AD (local system)Susanne Nowotny
2nd AD crowd (local system)Lisa Buchsteiner
Script continuityNina Mayrhofer
EditorStephan Bechinger
EditorJulia Drack
Assistant editorAndrea Unterweger
GafferThomas Hollaus
Director Arash T. Riahi
Director Arash T. Riahi
Best boyAndreas Stiedl [1]
Lighting technician / electricianMartin Böhme
Lighting technician / electricianWilfried Zandt
ComposerKarwan Marouf
ProducerVeit Heiduschka
ProducerMichael Katz
Production designerGerhard Dohr
Production designerKatrin Huber [1]
Production managerUlrike Lässer
Unit managerDaniela Matschnig
Set manager/ floor managerMoshe Kvitelashvili
Motiv AL (Vorbereitung)
Motiv AL (Vorbereitung)
BlockerManfred Nowak
Verkehrssperrer § 97 Abs. 3 StVO 1960
Verkehrssperrer § 97 Abs. 3 StVO 1960
Production driverManfred Nowak
Zusatzfahrer - Tageweise
Zusatzfahrer - Tageweise
ScreenwriterArash T. Riahi
Literary sourceMonika Helfer
Production sound mixerAtanas Tcholakov
Boom operatorGregor Manhardt
Sound re-recording mixerManuel Meichsner

Production companies

Wega Filmproduktion

Distributing companies

Les Films du Losange [fr]
France (theatrical)
France (theatrical)
Film Kino Text [de]
Germany (theatrical) 2021
Germany (theatrical) 2021


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Arash T. Riahi2020Max Ophüls Preis [de]Publikumspreis SpielfilmWinner
Katrin Huber [1]2021Österreichischer Filmpreis [at]Bestes SzenenbildNominated
Gerhard Dohr2021Österreichischer Filmpreis [at]Bestes SzenenbildNominated
Arash T. Riahi2021Romy [at]Bester Film KinoWinner
Arash T. Riahi2021Romy [at]Bestes Buch KinoWinner
Arash T. Riahi2021Filmkunstfest MV [de]Leo Award - Children's and Youth FilmWinner
Arash T. Riahi2021Österreichischer Filmpreis [at]Bester SpielfilmNominated
Arash T. Riahi2021Österreichischer Filmpreis [at]Beste RegieNominated
Christine Ostermayer2021Österreichischer Filmpreis [at]Beste weibliche HauptrolleWinner
Stephan Bechinger2021Romy [at]Bester Schnitt KinoWinner


2021GermanyFilmkunstfest MV
2020GermanyFilmfestival Max Ophüls PreisWettbewerb Spielfilm
2020AustriaDiagonale’20 – Die Unvollendete


Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 02/09/2021
Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 04/03/2020
PremiereThursday, 23/01/2020Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis