Although few people today remember her name, Austrian actress Greta Gonda undoubtedly made an important contribution to Italian film and theatre history. A face that, still today, when we happen to watch classics from the past, makes us laugh, move, dream.
Ernst Marischka’s Two in a Car perfectly embodies the mood of the melodramatic but nonetheless entertaining post-World War II Wiener Films, also proving to be a witty portrait of the society of the time.
Filmed in Carinthia, Keinen Schritt zurück! is a sincere independent film that shows us first and foremost how every war is only aimed at enriching governments and how certain dynamics are, despite the years, still sadly topical.
The short documentary Schlösser und Burgen im Burgenland aims for the most essential staging possible, with few captions appearing on the screen each time a new castle is presented to us, without the need for any voice over.
In Anna Fucking Molnar, Sabine Derflinger has mainly played with some of the constants of her cinema, making her film an extremely topical comedy with a strong feminist character.
Warning Triangle skilfully plays with a few, simple elements that represent, at the same time, true cornerstones of film history, never entirely obsolete, but always topical and captivating. And so, inevitably, we also notice a subtle irony, together with a sincere reverence towards not only the films mentioned here, but also towards the entire seventh art.
Willi Forst’s fictional, black-and-white version of the life of composer Franz Schubert in Lover Divine is a work that embodies the romantic Zeitgeist of the 19th century more than ever before.
In Vista Mare everything is shown to us “from behind the scenes”. The workers are the great protagonists of this interesting documentary by Julia Gutweniger and Florian Kofler. Perfectly static shots – true pictures that, together, create a visually striking harmony – prove to be the right way to show us a reality that is only apparently idyllic. At the Locarno Film Festival 2023.
On the occasion of the Locarno Film Festival 2023, directors Julia Gutweniger and Florian Kofler will present the premiere of their documentary Vista Mare. Cinema Austriaco had the opportunity to have a chat with them and learn more about their work and their career. Interview by Marina Pavido.
In Outer Space, Peter Tscherkassky has once again shown us how cinema itself can take on different connotations each time, how a film, through skilful editing, can become a completely new work, how easy it is to mould pre-existing images to one’s will. And so this work of his immediately reveals itself to be a highly controversial film, which almost desecrates the seventh art itself.