New stories, new ways of depicting the world
One of the most popular events of the year is definitely the Berlinale. Yes, because, in fact, the prestigious film festival is known for offering the audience the richest and most varied selection ever of feature and short films from all over the world, in which, alongside more mainstream works, there are also particular sections in which there is no fear of offering new languages and new ways of understanding the seventh art. And, after an edition 2021 online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this Berlinale 2022 – which will take place from February 10 to 16, according to due safety regulations – undoubtedly seems to be full of exciting surprises.
Besides François Ozon’s most recent feature film, Peter von Kant – a free adaptation of the play (made in 1971) and the film (directed the following year) The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant by the great Rainer Werner Fassbinder – which will open the festival, particularly interesting are, in competition, feature films such as Avec Amour et Acharnement by Claire Denis, Call Jane by Phyllis Nagy, Everything will be ok by Rithy Panh, La Ligne by Ursula Meier and Leonora addio, the only Italian film in competition, directed by Paolo Taviani, just to give a few examples.
As usual, completing the programme of this Berlinale 2022 will be the Forum and Forum Expandedsections, which, together with the newly founded Encounters, will present a series of feature films and documentaries that are not afraid to experiment with new film languages and to feel free to “play” with the seventh art in all the ways possible. And together with the sections Panorama, Perspektive Deutsches Kino, Berlinale Special and Generation – dedicated to the world of young people – there will be something for everyone!
And what about Austria? This Berlinale 2022 has also devoted a lot of attention to Austrian cinema. Suffice it to say, for example, that the competition will finally feature Rimini, Ulrich Seidl’s newest and long-awaited feature film. But that’s not all. Within the Encounters section, in fact, there will be no less than three Austrian films: Mutzenbacher, the newest, important documentary by the great Ruth Beckermann, A Little Love Package by Gastón Solnicki and Sonne, directed by young director Kurdwin Ayub.
In the Forumsection, on the other hand, two other equally noteworthy documentaries await us: For the Many – The Vienna Chamber of Labour, directed by Constantin Wulff, and Jet Lag by Zheng Lu Xinyuan, in addition, of course, to numerous short films by emerging artists and, last but not least, as far as the retrospective films are concerned, The Piano Teacher, directed by Michael Haneke in 2001 and screened on the occasion of the special tribute dedicated to the wonderful Isabelle Huppert, to whom, at this Berlinale 2022, the Golden Bear for Outstandig Artistic Contribution will be awarded.
All that remains is to be enthralled by the magic of the festival and the beautiful city of Berlin, therefore, to find out which novelties Austrian cinema has in store for us in this year, a year that undoubtedly promises to be full of surprises and interesting highlights.
Below are all the Austrian films present at the Berlinale 2022.