With a career that began already in the silent era, Gustav Machaty maintained forever – even once sound film had taken over worldwide – his marked aesthetics, an image of constant topics such as the loneliness of the human being, the desperate need for happiness and death.
The Diagonale, the most important film festival dedicated to Austrian cinema, will present a varied and surprising programme that will open with the world premiere screening of the documentary The most beautiful Place on Earth by Elke Groen.
Retracing the main stages of the actress’s life, Bombshell makes use of numerous archive footage, interviews with the actress’s children and anyone who knew her or studied her in detail and, last but not least, old photographs edited to give a simple yet nostalgic and powerful 3D effect.
Felicity Jones’ undoubted charisma counts for little. The successful comic sketches performed by Bernhardt, the keeper of the chalet played by Austrian Gregor Bloéb, count for little: Phil Traill’s Chalet Girl – a co-production between Great Britain, Germany and Austria – is, unfortunately, a weak, uninspiring comedy with predictable and sometimes forced twists.