Month: June 2023

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UNDER THE ENDLESS SKY

Under the endless Sky is a little poetic short film that in its apparent simplicity has found the right way to convey the idea of what the young director’s world was like. A few essential blue strokes represent each time a new image. A bright, proud yellow, meanwhile, serves as a background. The colours of the Ukrainian flag thus tell us an extremely intimate and personal story. At the festival Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2023.

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SERVIAM – I WILL SERVE

Serviam – I will serve immediately strikes us with its shots (all shot strictly with a fixed camera) of the schoolyard, but also of the interiors, so cold and perfectly tidy that they immediately convey a certain unease. A little girl’s voice recites a prayer. In the boarding school, life seems to proceed quietly and without any particularly noteworthy events. The feeling that, however, something terrible is about to happen accompanies us from beginning to end. At the festival Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2023.

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FRIDA UND SISI PARTNER IN CRIME

With an animation that is indeed essential and minimalist, but also extremely colourful and rich in detail, Frida und Sisi Partner in Crime by Regine Kafaeder is an extremely free, living and pulsating work in its short but effective running time. At the festival Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2023.

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HERMANN HUBER – THE VALUE OF TIME

Hermann Huber – The Value of Time is an exciting and, sometimes, also moving journey between past and present. A journey into a world that everyone knows, but few have actually experienced first-hand. Tom Dauer, for his part, has opted for a predominantly classical mise-en-scene, in which the words of the protagonist play a central role and accompany us throughout the entire screening.

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ISSUES WITH MY OTHER HALF

Issues with my other Half is an extremely topical and surprising film. Not only the many potentialities of cinema, but also – and above all – external factors that have made us different from what we were only a few years ago are (almost) the absolute protagonists here. At the festival Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2023.

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I’M OK

Taking direct inspiration from the paintings of Oskar Kokoschka, I’m Ok consists of many brushstrokes predominantly in shades of ochre, red and black and two-dimensional drawings with a distinctly expressionist character. The artist’s art and style are therefore the absolute protagonists, yet, at the same time, Elisabeth Hobbs has skilfully avoided any rhetoric, giving her short film its own, marked personality. At the festival Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2023.

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ÖSTERREICHISCHER FILMPREIS 2023 – THE WINNERS

The Österreichischer Filmpreis 2023 were awarded at the Globe Wien. Great satisfaction for the feature films Vera by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel (which won three awards, namely Best Film, Best Director and Best Editing), Eismayer by David Wagner (awarded in four categories) and Corsage by Marie Kreutzer, which also won four awards.