Month: September 2021

ANTARES

Divided into three episodes, Antares is a complex and layered fresco of contemporary society. Three stories, three different lifestyles, one setting. Antares does not only tell us about impossible loves, desperate loves, tormented loves and secret love affairs. Antares stages Love as utopia, a constant, desperate need for love that often also leads to a deep sense of loneliness.

TRUDE MARLEN – “MRS. ALBACH-RETTY”

Today, outside Austria, few people remember Trude Marlen, if not as the second wife of the actor Wolf Albach-Retty, father of Romy Schneider. Yet thanks to her versatility and ability to relate to all kinds of roles, the actress was for a long time considered one of the most important performers of the 1930s and 1940s.

KUNDGEBUNG FÜR KAISER FRANZ JOSEPH VOR DEM BRIGITTENAUER KINO ANLÄSSLICH SEINES GEBUTRSTAGES

The fascination with the seventh art is conveyed in all its power in Kundgebung für Kaiser Franz Joseph vor dem Brigittenauer Kino anlässlich seines Geburtstages. And although cinema had already been invented for several years by then, it was still, in Austria, a quite extraordinary thing.

LOOKING FOR OUM KULTHUM

In Looking for Oum Kulthum, Shirin Neshat loses herself in her reflections, focuses on the protagonist’s inner torments and almost forgets to give Oum Kulthum’s character the deserved attention. At the 74th Venice Film Festival – section Giornate degli Autori.

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EPISODE

Episode stands out first and foremost for its particularly elegant mise-en-scene. A stylistic grace that proves to be perfectly in line with a simple but at the same time courageous story, which immediately shows the far-sightedness of Walter Reisch himself. Volpi Cup for Paula Wessely at the 1935 Venice Film Festival.

THE PROM

The great absentee at the 78th Venice Film Festival, Ulrich Seidl is a director from whom much is expected. Even when it comes to watching one of his early films. And in fact, even in the case of The Prom – made in 1982 – grotesque and ridicule are immediately the absolute protagonists in the images shown to us.

LUISE ULLRICH – SWEET TRAVELLER

During her long and prolific career, Luise Ullrich has mainly played sensitive, vulnerable women, loving mothers and wives constantly waiting for their husbands to return from war. But the actress has always stood out above all for her talent and versatility. Volpi Cup at the 1941 Venice Film Festival for Annelie by Josef von Báky.