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VIENNALE 2023

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Vienna is coloured by many new films

Ready for many new, exciting adventures? Good! The Viennale 2023 will start soon and this year, as every year, it is ready to amaze, amuse and move us with its rich selection of feature and short films that will allow us to discover not only everything that the seventh art has been able to give us this year, but also important films from the past and authors who, with their innovative way of making cinema, undoubtedly deserve to be known by an increasing number of spectators of all ages.

The Viennale 2023 will take place from October 19 to 31, under the artistic direction of Eva Sangiorgi and will open with the Austrian premiere of the feature film Explanation for Everything by Gábor Reisz. Within the official selection, it will also be possible to watch or rewatch some of the most important feature films presented at major international festivals, all premiering in Austria, including Le grand Chariot by Philippe Garrel, Monster by Koreeda Hirokazu, About dry Grasses by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Shadow of Fire by Shinya Tsukamoto, Perfect Days by Wim Wenders, Coup de Chance by Woody Allen and even The Boy and the Heron, the newest work by acclaimed Hayao Miyazaki, just to name a few.

But that’s not all! As already mentioned, in fact, in addition to an important selection concerning what was made this year, there are also numerous collateral sections aimed at giving us a closer insight into certain authors or movements. We are talking about the retrospective dedicated to Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz (in which the feature film Klimt, made in 2006 and also co-produced by Austria, will also be screened), monographs dedicated to Argentinean director Narcisa Hirsch and directors Nicolas Klotz and Elisabeth Perceval, a focus on the American writer James Baldwin, and the special sections Resistance, Memory, Reinvention and above all Keine Angst, realised in collaboration with the Filmarchiv Austria.

With regard to Austria, therefore, the Viennale 2023 has also paid special attention to what has been made here this year. During these festival days, in fact, we will be able to watch feature films such as, for example, The Standstill, the newest work by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter, which will tell us about the dramatic days of the lockdown, Club Zero by Jessica Hausner, which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival 2023, Europa by Sudabeh Mortezai, Vista Mare by Julia Gutweniger and Florian Kofler (already screened at the Locarno Film Festival 2023), Rickerl by Adrian Goiginger, Losing Faith by Martha Mechow, The Theory of Everything by Timm Kröger (screened in competition at the 80th Venice Film Festival), Cosmosapiens by Pavel Cuzuioc and The Klezmer Project by Leandro Koch and Paloma Schachmann, awarded Best First Feature at the Berlinale 2023.

This Viennale 2023 will also feature an important selection of short films. And if we want to focus exclusively on what has been made in Austria, this year again we find particularly noteworthy names, who are by now at home at the Viennale, such as, for example, Friedl von Gröller (who will present no less than four works: Palmer, Der gestohlene Brief, This is for Jonas Mekas and I don’t want to be filmed but rather shoot myself), Jan Soldat (with Faces of Death and After Work), Lukas Marxt (with Valley Pride) and the Total Refusal collective (with Kinderfilm), just to name a few.

This promises to be a richer Viennale 2023 than ever before. And to enrich these days there will also be meetings, parties and musical events organised at the Viennale Campari Lounge and the Viennale Zentrale, Museumsquartier. Finally, beautiful Vienna will do the rest and contribute to making this festival completely unforgettable. Ready for many new adventures? Make yourself comfortable, the magic on the movie screen is about to happen.

Below, the reviews of Austrian films and interviews related to the Viennale 2023.

Info: the website of the Viennale