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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 […]

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 […]

Film Shorts

Das Leben der Anderen  Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others), directed by 33 year old German Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, beginning a new chapter in film history. In an unmistakable reference to the Orwellian dystopian vision of the future, Das Leben is set in 1984, a time when the Stasi (secret police), employing […]

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 […]

Stefan Ruzowitzky’s Die Fälscher

Stefan Ruzowitzky’s Die Fälscher

Die Fälscher (The Counterfeiters) directed by Austrian filmmaker Stefan Ruzowitzky is the tale of the largest counterfeiting operation in history. Recreating the wartime money factory set up by the Nazis using concentration camp labour, the story scrutinizes the moral quandary of complicity through a gripping narrative and strongly developed characters. Better casting or better performances […]

Berlinale

The city of Berlin blossoms each year with its film festival ‘Berlinale’ – the German capital has a bear in their city coat of arms and so the mighty animal is both the festival’s logo and the name giver of the award statues. At every corner people discuss not only which movie has received which […]

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