Synopsis by Bhob Stewart
After his debut with the low-budget science fiction film Half World (1993), Austrian director Florian Flicker returned with this road movie, mapping a route to take the viewer from Vienna and civilization to a deserted mountain wilderness near the Austrian-German border. Because teacher Nana (Birgit Doll), an instructor in French and Russian, uses a fake visa to depart her unnamed Soviet homeland for a U.S. destination, she's detained at the Vienna airport. Taking advantage of a distraction caused by another illegal alien, Nana escapes on a tour bus where she meets American tourist Suzie Washington. She later adopts this name during her brief encounters with several lonely men, as she travels across the unfamiliar landscape. Filmed with English and German dialogue and employing a blow-up from 16mm to 35mm, the drama was shown at the 1998 San Sebastian Film Festival (Open Zone) and the 1998 Montreal World Film Festival (Cinema of Today).