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Austria in Germany
As an international festival, the Berlinale has always paid a lot of attention to Austrian cinema, by presenting several films belonging to that category each year. And so it was, in fact, also at this Berlinale 2018 – which took place from the 15th to the 25th of February 2018 – where, within a very rich and particularly interesting programme, there is almost always at least one Austrian film in competition. Not to mention, of course, the numerous and varied side sections.
And so, at this 68th Berlinale – directed by Dieter Kosslick – alongside features such as Dovlatov by Aleksej German Jr., Isle of Dogs by Wes Anderson, Utoya, 22. Juli by Erik Poppe, Transit by Christian Petzold and many others, we see 3 Days in Quiberon, directed by Emily Atef and a co-produced by Austria and Germany, competing for the prestigious Golden Bear.
But that’s not all. There are numerous side sections within the legendary film festival. And this year, one of them – Panorama – features two feature films coming directly from Austria: L’Animale, the second work by Katharina Mückstein, and Styx, directed by German director Wolfgang Fischer, the second co-production between Austria and Germany in this edition.
On the other hand, the feature film The Interpreter, directed by Martin Sulik, produced by Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic and presented in the Berlinale Special section, does not deal with a particularly new subject, but is undoubtedly rich in ideas.
Finally, concluding this short round-up of Austrian features at this 68th Berlinale is the feature film Departure, directed and performed by Ludwig Wüst and presented in the Forum section, the festival’s most experimental section.
And so, in this edition too, the programme was particularly interesting and varied, with welcome influences from different countries. All this within a film festival which, above all, has always stood out for its excellent organisation, as well as for its ability to make its guests feel at home every time, inside the intimate, small and welcoming Marlene Dietrich Platz, the historic site of the much-loved Berlinale.
Below are the Austrian films presented at the 68th Berlinale.