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A new adventure begins

Here we are, finally! The long-awaited Viennale 2021 will kick off shortly. Once again this year, after a not always easy period, the festival will take place according to current security measures. Once again this year, the beautiful Vienna is ready to welcome and delight spectators of all ages.

The programme of this Viennale 2021, under the artistic direction of Eva Sangiorgi, therefore promises to be richer and more varied than ever. Ten days of screenings, meetings, debates, two hundred and fifty films. Two hundred and fifty incredible journeys inside the most beautiful cinemas in the city centre. Among the feature films of the selection it will be possible to watch works such as L’Evénement by Audrey Diwan (winner of the Golden Lion at the 78th Venice Film Festival), but also Petite Maman by Céline Sciamma, Il Buco by Michelangelo Frammartino, The Card Counter by Paul Schrader, Benedetta by Paul Verhoeven or even Les Olympiades by Jacques Audiard, just to name a few. Cinema from all over the world for as many ways of observing and reworking reality. What could be more exciting?

This interest in authors of the present and of the past to be discovered or rediscovered has also led to the organisation of special sections and retrospectives, which during this Viennale 2021 will make us better know auteurs such as Terence Davies (who has also made the festival trailer for the occasion, But Why?) and Hanrik Galeen, to whom two special monographs are dedicated, as well as Fabrizio Ferraro, Sara Gómez, Segundo de Chomón and the Austrian author and film critic Amos Vogel, to whom the special section Film as a subversive Art, named after his 1974 book of the same name, is dedicated.

And what about Austrian cinema? Austria can also boast a good number of feature films, short films and documentaries in the programme of this Viennale 2021. Among the most long-awaited films, for example, are Great Freedom by Sebastian Meise, already presented at the Cannes Film Festival 2021Un certain Regard section – and which will be presented by Austria as a candidate for the Oscars 2022, Moneyboys by C. B. Yi – also presented at Cannes in the Un certain Regard section – the documentary Stories from the Sea by Jola Wieczorek, as well as the short films Train again (the newest work by the famous filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky), Nullo by Jan Soldat – already a guest at the Viennale 2020 with his documentary Resident Ground Floor – but also Under the Microscope by Michaela Grill, Social Skills by Henry Hills and 2020 by Friedl vom Gröller, just to name a few.

In short, there really will be something for everyone and, as every year, it will be a pleasure to stroll through the streets of Vienna between one film and the next, to think back on what we have watched and to imagine what other surprises this Viennale 2021 will have in store for us. Before the next screening, a tasty piece of Sacher or a trip to the Prater is all we need. Once in the theatre, a new, wonderful journey will begin.

Below, the reviews of Austrian films and interviews related to the Viennale 2021.

Info: the website of the Viennale