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Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2024 kicks off. In Rome, at the Forum Austriaco di Cultura, from June 18 to July 3, 2024.

Austrian cinema under the sky of Rome

What better way than spending hot summer evenings watching good cinema in the open air? There are numerous festivals that offer viewers the opportunity to watch or re-watch quality films on the movie screen while enjoying the cool evening breeze. Among these, of course, particularly noteworthy is the festival Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2024, which, under the artistic direction of Stefano Finesi, will kick off on Tuesday, June 18 at the splendid gardens of the Forum Austriaco di Cultura Roma (viale Bruno Buozzi 113).

This year, as every year, it will be possible to watch some of the most important Austrian feature films made in the last year. And also during this twelfth edition of the festival, of course, some guests will enrich the evenings from time to time, in order to provide viewers with insights into some of the feature films presented and, more generally, an overview of Austrian cinema and everything it has to offer. But let’s see specifically what awaits us in the coming weeks!

Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2024, therefore, will kick off on Tuesday, June 18, at 8.30 p.m., with the screening of the feature film Rickerl, directed by Adrian Goiginger, winner of four Österreichischer Filmpreis, and starring the famous Austrian singer-songwriter Voodoo Jürgens. Rickerl, then, is a melancholic comedy inspired precisely by the life of Jürgens, here playing the role of a singer struggling to find a producer for his album, while at the same time trying to develop a relationship with his son (an excellent Ben Winkler) following the separation from his partner.

Before the film, there will also be a talk about this magazine Cinema Austriaco, which has been following the festival for years. For the occasion, in fact, there will be a meeting with the editor-in-chief and founder Marina Pavido.

On Wednesday, June 19, at 9 p.m., Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2024 will present Andrea gets a Divorce, the second feature film as director by the renowned actor and cabaret artist Josef Hader, which already had its world premiere at the Berlinale 2024. The story staged is that of policewoman Andrea (Birgit Minichmayr), who lives in a small town, but dreams of moving to a big city. Things, however, take an unexpected turn after she accidentally runs over and kills her husband (Thomas Stipsits), from whom she was about to divorce. As if all this were not enough, a bizarre professor (played by Hader himself) is blamed for the event and a series of misunderstandings make the situation even more complicated.

Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2024 will continue on Tuesday, June 25, at 8.30 p.m., with the screening of the feature film Sleeping with a Tiger, directed by Anja Salomonowitz and also premiered at the Berlinale 2024. Once again we find an extraordinary Birgit Minichmayr in the role of the protagonist, the famous Carinthian painter Maria Lassnig, who died exactly ten years ago.

The film will be preceded by a meeting with director Anja Salomonowitz (already interviewed by Cinema Austriaco).

Wednesday, June 26, at 9 p.m., it is the time for Persona non Grata, the most recent feature film by Antonin Svoboda. Inspired by the true story of skier Nicola Spieß, the film recounts one of the biggest scandals in the Austrian sports world. For the occasion, actress Gerti Drassl will play Andrea Weingartner, who decides to denounce the abuse she suffered as a girl within the federation.

Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2024 will continue on Wednesday, July 2, at 8.30 p.m., with the screening of the brilliant sentimental comedy What a Feeling, directed by Kat Rohrer and recently presented at the Diagonale 2024. Two great protagonists, Caroline Peters and Proschat Madani, will respectively play Marie Theres and Fa, two seemingly very different women who nevertheless fall madly in love with each other. But how difficult will their relationship be, even in a big city like Vienna?

On this occasion, the film will be presented by director Kat Rohrer (also interviewed by Cinema Austriaco).

After numerous exciting events, Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2024 will end on Wednesday, July 3, at 9pm, with the screening of Club Zero, the newest work by acclaimed director Jessica Hausner, which premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2023. Here, then, we will witness the vicissitudes of the mysterious Miss Novak (played by Mia Wasikowska), who has just been hired at a prestigious high school, where she teaches a course in nutrition with decidedly “extreme” theories, which, in fact, will give rise to a sort of sect, the disturbing Club Zero.

And so, this year too, many films await us, all very different from one another, all of which, in one way or another, seek their own language, new possibilities to play with the seventh art. Austrian cinema really does have a lot to offer. We discovered this long ago. And this year, too, it will succeed in moving, entertaining and exciting Roman viewers. Ready for many, new adventures? The Forum Austriaco di Cultura Roma is waiting for us!

Admission to the screenings is free, subject to prior reservation. To book, please write to, specifying your name, surname and the film you have chosen. E-mails should be sent until 12 noon on the day of the screening and requests will be accepted subject to availability.

Below are reviews of the films present and articles about this edition of Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2024.

Info: the program of Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2024 on the website of the Forum Austriaco di Cultura Roma