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VIENNALE: Comedy and Catharsis

VIENNALE: Comedy and Catharsis

Vienna is a commodious city for a film festival. Skirting the Ring is the small ensemble of cinemas, coterminous with trams, bicycle- and footpaths, rustling through crisp seasonal mists biding one’s time between films. Just three days into the festival, there was already a lot to take in. The Viennale’s Opening Gala, on 24 October, […]

VIENNALE kicks off

The Viennale is Austria’s most prominent international film festival, with 96,000 viewers last year. Highlights of this year’s 300 carefully selected films are the boldly aesthetic Asiatic 3D genre; the Austrian premiere of the politically relevant Le dernier des injustes (The Last of the Unjust) a and the retrospective best flicks of Jerry Lewis. The […]

When Less is More

When Less is More

Film festivals are fascinating. They tend to uncover the unknowns, promote the unpromotable, putting on display pictures you would rarely see in a fiercely commercial medium. Yet their influence far outweighs their attendance. After all, innovation doesn’t happen in the mainstream, and today’s lunatic fringe may turn out to be tomorrow’s standard. And while Vienna […]

Wolf Suschitzky: A Craftsman Celebrates His Centennial

Wolf Suschitzky: A Craftsman Celebrates His Centennial

“When my mother returned home with me after giving birth, my four-year-old sister’s only comment was: ‘What did we need him for?’” the gentle smile of Austrian-born photographer and filmmaker Wolf Suschitzky was captivating. “Of course, I couldn’t respond to that right away.” Born in Vienna in August 1912, Wolf Suschitzky has been living in […]

Inside Celluloid: Peter Kubelka at the Viennale

Inside Celluloid: Peter Kubelka at the Viennale

  It was an event to “tell your children about”, Viennale Director Hans Hurch Hurch proclaimed: a new work by avant-garde film-maker Peter Kubelka, “Monument Film”, based on his seminal 1960 short film named after his friend and mentor Arnulf Rainer. In a smart navy blue suit and open-collar white shirt, his white hair well-groomed, […]

V-50: That Was the Viennale that Was!

V-50: That Was the Viennale that Was!

Just days after the successful run of the 50th New York Film Festival the (in fact) more senior event, the Viennale – The Vienna International Film Festival – loped into town for its 50th appearance on 25 October. Yes, New York followed Vienna’s lead for once: the Viennale was founded in 1960, but suspended twice […]

Klaus Maria Brandauer: The Outsider as Insider

Klaus Maria Brandauer: The Outsider as Insider

The cobalt blue lights of the Gartenbaukino glow seductively against the night sky as the crowd converges for the Viennale premiere of The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich, a new film by Austrian director Antonin Swoboda, and starring Klaus Maria Brandauer. Opening 18 Jan., it is the first Brandauer has made in three years, and […]

Soundtrack for the Silent Screen

Soundtrack for the Silent Screen

  Three musicians are on the stage of the Gartenbaukino, the largest of the single-auditorium art-house cinemas in central Vienna, all late 1950s wood-panelling and warm lighting. Above, a very wide, curved screen, blank for the time being. ‘Papa!’ shouts a toddler seated in the second row. Papa, it seems, plays in Radian, a post-rock […]

Viennale 2012: A City Goes to the Movies

Viennale 2012: A City Goes to the Movies

Now in its 50th year, organiser Hans Hurch calls the Viennale “a festival at eye-level”, and despite annual adaptations of venues and programme, in essence it’s a constant. This is an event that “doesn’t serve anything or anyone,” Hurch says. It is its own reason for being. Proof lies in the city’s undying enthusiasm for […]

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