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Haneke on Ageing, Loss – and Liebe

Haneke on Ageing, Loss – and Liebe

Austrian film enthusiasts couldn’t believe their ears last 27 May, when the jury at the Cannes Film Festival awarded Michael Haneke the prestigious Palme d’Or for the second time in four years, this time for Amour (distributed here as Liebe, in the English-speaking world as Love), a joint production of companies in France, Germany and […]

Outdoor Summer Screenings: 3 Aug.

Outdoor Summer Screenings: 3 Aug.

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald Genre: Austrian Comedy Starts: 21:00 The wandering and always free open-air series hits the 17th District with this 1979 Austrian classic featuring the forever beloved Helmut Qualtinger, and based on Johann Strauss’s music and Ödön von Horváth’s script. See full programme here. Volxkino 17., Geblergasse 36-38 www.volxkino.at   Alonzo King Lines […]

Outdoor Summer Screenings: 1 Aug.

  Wednesday, 1 August 2012 Below find a daily resume of the evening’s screenings at Vienna’s open-air summer cinemas: Benvenuto Cellini (2007) Genre: Opera Begins: 21:30 Hector Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini is a two-act opera based on the memoirs of the Florentine sculptor Benvenuto Cellini. Along with the film screening, the festival offers a wide selection of food and drinks at […]

Potiche – Film as Ornament

The French word potiche is an ornamental object of little value, something of no real use; but in everyday language it is a derogatory term for a woman, roughly equivalent to ‘trophy wife’, without her own identity. Or sometimes for a younger wife taken as a symbol of an older man’s power or virility. But […]

La Môme Piaf

La Môme Piaf

On a black, minimalist set, a piano and accordion player are set up on stage right, standing across from a bed with a few belongings scattered on the floor. Front and center- the microphone. With a tousled head of brown hair and large, lively eyes, singer Maria Bill shuffles out onto the stage in a […]

Villiers Le Bel

In the 2006 French film Ne le dis à personne (Don’t Tell Anyone ), the protagonist Alex runs away from the police in a suburban Parisian apartment complex (cité d’HLM, a depressing low-income apartments built in the 50s and 60s), with the forces of law and order (les forces de l’ordre) right behind him. He […]

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