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Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2021 kicks off. In Rome, at the Forum Austriaco di Cultura, from June 23 to July 7, 2021.

An all-female Austria

Finally here we are this year again! The festival Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2021 – organised by the Forum Austriaco di Cultura Roma and supervised by Stefano Finesi – will start on Wednesday, June 23. Admission is free subject to availability, with prior booking, and everything will take place according to current safety rules. Once again, six Austrian titles will be premiered in Italy. Once again this year, the beautiful gardens of the Forum Austriaco di Cultura will be ready to host us to give us every evening magical emotions under the stars.

This year’s edition will be dedicated in particular to women, highlighting both films and documentaries directed by important Austrian women directors, as well as feature films in which women play a special role.

Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2021 will kick off, then, on Wednesday, June 23 – at 8.30 p.m. – with the screening of Hochwald (Why not you), directed by Evi Romen – interviewed for the occasion by Cinema Austriaco. Winner of the Diagonale 2021 and nominated in no fewer than nine categories at the Österreichischer Filmpreis 2021, Hochwald tells the story of Mario, miraculously surviving a terrorist attack, who, despite trauma and a strong sense of guilt, will somehow try to go on his own way.

The festival will continue on Thursday, June 24 – at 9pm – with the screening of Waren einmal Revoluzzer (Once were Rebels), a funny comedy that also deals with important social issues, directed by Johanna Moder. Helena (Julia Jentsch) is married and has two daughters. One day she receives a call from her ex – Pawel – who is on his way from Russia and needs money to emigrate. Helena is still infatuated with him and helps him, but unexpectedly, in addition to Pawel, his wife and little son arrive at her home.

Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2021 will continue on Wednesday, June 30 – also at 9pm – with the screening of Ein bisschen bleiben wir noch (Oskar & Lilli), by Arash T. Riahi. Oskar and Lilli are two little siblings from Chechnya who live with their mother. When the latter attempts suicide, the children are entrusted to two different families. Will all three be able to reunite and finally live together again? Particularly noteworthy is Christine Ostermayer‘s performance as Oskar’s step-grandmother, who was recently awarded the Great Diagonale Acting Award at the Diagonale 2021.

The programme continues on Thursday, July 1, at 9 p.m., with the screening of the documentary Glory to the Queen by Tatia Skhirtladze and Anna Khazaradze. It is an exciting journey between past and present that shows us the story of four female chess champions in Cold War Georgia. Four women who influenced and continue to influence the lives of many of their countrymen.

Everything possible will happen on Tuesday, July 6, when Peter Payer’s comedy Glück gehabt will be screened at 9pm. Here, in fact, the adventures of Arthur (Philipp Hochmair) are staged. He is married, with a job he loves and whose life initially seems perfect. Everything changes, however, the moment the man meets charming Alice.

Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2021 will end on Wednesday, July 7, again at 9 p.m., with the screening of the documentary Tonsüchtig. Die Wiener Symphoniker von innen (Wired for Music) by Iva Švarcová and Malte Ludin. The story of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra is told here by its protagonists in an intimate and passionate way and will convey a real crescendo of strong emotions.

Once again this year, then, the programme is particularly rich and varied. Once again this year we are ready to experience not one, but many journeys on the big screen and under the stars. The cinema has never stopped. Austrian cinema once again proves to be alive, exciting and surprising.

Obviously, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some security measures will be necessary this year. And, to this end, while admission is always free subject to availability, a reservation (maximum of two people) will be required via the e-mail address It will only be possible to access the screenings afterwards with the use of a mask and with a mandatory distance of at least one metre between each spectator. At the entrance, each visitor’s fever will be measured and anyone with a temperature above 37.5° will not be allowed to take part in the screenings.

Below are the featured films and related articles.

Info: the page of the festival Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2021 on the website of the Forum Austriaco di Cultura Roma