Austria

Michael Haneke – Così fan tutte (2013)

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Who loves whom in Così fan tutte, Mozart’s and Da Ponte’s cruelly comic reflection on desire, fidelity and betrayal? Or have the confusions to which the main characters subject one another ensured that in spite of the heartfelt love duets and superficially fleetfooted comedy nothing will work any longer and that a sense of emotional erosion has replaced true feelings? Così fan tutte is a timeless work full of questions that affect us all. The Academy Award-winning director Michael Haneke once said that he was merely being precise and did not want to distort reality. Read More »

Paul-Julien Robert – Meine keine Familie AKA My Fathers, my Mother and Me (2012)

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What remains from childhood

Paul-Julien Robert‘s deeply moving and illuminating film „MY FATHERS, MY MOTHER & ME“

When it comes to processing contemporary history, especially events which have become a burden, it is possible to differentiate three dynamics. First of all, generally during a relatively short period after the past situation, comes a sensation of being overwhelmed, with emotionalised expressions of affirmation or rejection. This gives way to a cooler period of coming to terms with the past, relying heavily on facts rather than emotions in most cases. Read More »

Ruth Beckermann – Die Geträumten AKA The Dreamed Ones (2016)

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The themes of love and hate are depicted in the movie. At center stage are the two poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, who came to know each other in post‐war Vienna. Their vivid postal exchange creates the textual basis of the film. Read More »

Josef Aichholzer & Ruth Beckermann & Franz Grafl – Arena besetzt AKA Arena Squatted (1977)

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Based on material that emerged during the occupation of the arena in the summer of 1976, the film shows the organization of collective work, the negotiations with the city and community and finally the demolition of the buildings. Read More »

Elsa Kremser, Levin Peter – Space Dogs (2019)

Laika, a stray dog, was the first living being to be sent into space and thus to a certain death. According to a legend, she returned to Earth as a ghost and has roamed the streets of Moscow ever since. Following her trace, and filmed from a dog’s perspective, SPACE DOGS accompanies the adventures of her descendants: two street dogs living in today’s Moscow. Their story is one of intimate fellowship but also relentless brutality, and is interwoven with unseen archive material from the Soviet cosmic era. A magical tale of voyagers scouting for unknown spaces. Read More »

Michael Pilz – Himmel und Erde AKA Heaven and Earth (1983)

Michael Pilz’s 285-minute Himmel and Erde is an essay film or an ethnographic documentary about life in the Styrian mountain village of St. Anna. It contemplates the finite lot of individuals as part of a continuum of human experience in the natural world. Himmel und Erde, which translates to Heaven and Earth, was recorded between 1979 and 1982. The documentary invites the viewer to contemplate the disruptive effects of technology on economic and social ties through circumscribed vignettes of village life which are oft repeated either as recycled footage or variations on a theme. The film is a meditation on time, nature, and the struggles of man, as well as a record of a lifestyle ceasing to exist. “If you let it happen, the film will pull you into its cosmos; it is one of those works that teaches you to see and listen again.” Read More »

Jessica Hausner – Lourdes (2009)

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In order to escape her isolation, wheelchair-bound Christine makes a life changing journey to Lourdes, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees Mountains. Read More »