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Diagonale: How to Snatch Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

Diagonale: How to Snatch Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

I pulled into Graz just in time for the gala opening, threw on a fancy suit, refreshed my hair and make-up, and jumped into a cab prepared to sidestep the paparazzi and compete with the stars of stage and screen, entering Austria’s premier film festival at the Helmut-List-Halle. No red carpet. OK. But the hordes were there all right, thronging the entrance […]

Krzysztof Michalski

So, the votes are in and Austria is aglow in the reflected glory of its two favourite sons, director Michael Hanecke and actor Christoph Waltz, as Oscars in hand, they took their bows at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood. At the same time, a much quieter, but none the less resonant tribute, is […]

Humble and ‘in Awe’

Humble and ‘in Awe’

  Michael Haneke and Christoph Waltz don’t have all that much in common. One is a seasoned director, a believer in artistic filmmaking, who casually accepted his golden statuette in Hollywood on 24 February. Two of his previous films had been nominated, but Amour was the first to put Haneke on the stage of the […]

Violence in Two Worlds

We live in a violent time, where the tidal flows of migration are pressing with nearly unbearable strain against the traditional life of Europeans. It’s not only here, but this is our world and thus it is here that we feel it and know it. Elsewhere, though, pressures are often even greater, as the social […]

Breaking Point(e)

True to Hollywood’s world-conquering strategy of transcending the boundaries between tastes, sexes, age and any other characteristics that might make a person decide NOT to see a movie, The Black Swan alchemically achieved being everything for everybody – and in the process nothing to many. It’s a ballet movie for horror fans, a female movie […]

Austria’s 2nd Oscar – Almost

Austria’s 2nd Oscar – Almost

Saturday Morning, Feb. 21, Beverly Hills It was a cloudy Saturday, Feb. 21, when cineastes got a glimpse of the five films that were nominated for the Best Foreign Film at the 81st Annual Academy Awards. The legendary Samuel Goldwyn Theater at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, used by the Academy for the Oscar […]

Ruzowitzky Returns a Hero

Ruzowitzky Returns a Hero

As he walked towards me with a smirk on his face that had “OSCAR” written all over it, I still couldn’t grasp the series of events that had led me to meeting Stefan Ruzowitzky for an interview at the Vienna International Airport. In the last 10 days, we had filed several requests with Austria’s first […]

Austrian Filmmaker Nominated for an Oscar

A film by Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky, Die Fälscher (The Counterfeiters), was nominated in January for an Oscar as the Best Film in a Foreign Language, marking the first time in 22 years that an Austrian film has been nominated for this award. It tells the story of the largest counterfeiting operating in history, based […]

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