Menuett is a never predictable or banal feature film, which leaves the viewer maximum freedom of interpretation. And in dealing with themes that are always topical, it immediately takes on universal connotations, while at the same time standing out for its singular and extremely elegant mise-en-scène. At the Diagonale’23.
On the occasion of the Diagonale’23 in Graz, the Franz Grabner Award 2023, endowed with EUR 5,000 each, was awarded today in the categories film documentary and TV documentary. The award is sponsored by the Grabner family, the AAFP, the ORF and the Diagonale in memory of ORF journalist Franz Grabner (1955-2015). The prize is awarded for an ethically and morally responsible and credible approach by filmmakers to their medium.
Souls of a River is a long stream of consciousness. The story of two men with two distinct backgrounds who have much more in common than it might initially seem. The story of two individuals, but also, at the same time, the story of the world in which we live, of a capitalist society that constantly makes us search far from home for the longed-for serenity. At the Diagonale’23.
Viktoria Schmid has given us with this little and important NYC RGB one of the many facets of cinema itself. A demonstration of how filmmaking is, in reality, a political act, of how film never grows old, of how with a great willingness to experiment and to tread new paths, it is possible to achieve each time something new. At the Diagonale’23.
The railway line along which the so-called Mariazeller Bahn travelled is the oldest mountain railway line in Austria. This railway line was, around the 1910s, completely electrified, also thanks to the numerous hydroelectric power stations along its route. The documentary Eine Fahrt mit der Mariazeller Bahn gives us the opportunity to get to know this reality up close.