Vorfrühling im Wienerwald immediately bears witness to a timeless beauty. A beauty that, in spite of the passing years, always seems to remain intact and unchanged. The rich and precious Wienerwald, which has been for centuries a source of pride for every Viennese.
In Marko Feingold – A Jewish Life past and present meet, ‘collide’, and are much more similar than they might initially seem. Black and white gives the documentary universal connotations, the absence of music (except for the short video inserts) ensures that the viewer focuses exclusively on the face of the protagonist.
The Royal Game is an endless journey between its protagonist’s past and present. The Royal Game is a rollercoaster ride, the meeting point between the outside world and the inner world. An experience that, at times, can really hurt.
In addition to standing out for his versatility and his extraordinary way of winning the audience’s heart, the actor Paul Hörbiger was also the protagonist of singular, noteworthy events. Among the most famous performers of the Wiener Films, the characters he played, be they aristocrats or clumsy bellhops, are unforgettable.
The propaganda films made during World War I were primarily intended to convey to the nation and the world the image of a strong, victorious Austria that would do anything for the wellbeing of its citizens. Yet there are certain documentaries that, almost unintentionally, conveyed a very different message to the audience.
Christian Berger stages important moral questions without ever being judgmental. And his Raffl can deservedly be described as a living, pulsating feature film, a simple and complex feature film at the same time. A timeless film.
Chasing the Line focuses entirely on its charismatic protagonist – the legendary Austrian ski champion Franz Klammer – and, at the same time, provides an exhaustive portrait of the sport world and all its most controversial aspects.
In The Bubble, an apparent calm conceals far more disturbing secrets. Quiet, clean streets, together with small, pretty houses and a predominantly pastel-coloured cinematography provide a successful counterpoint to what the director wanted to show us.
Barylli’s Baked Beans wants to be just that: a kind of universal ‘love handbook’ that shows us many possible scenarios and many possible solutions, but which, however, does not seem to believe much in a ‘banal’ happy ending.
At the Viennale 2021, director C. B. Yi presented his feature film Moneyboys. Cinema Austriaco had the opportunity to have a chat with him and learn more about his film and his career. Interview by Marina Pavido.