Actor: Hanno Pöschl

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TALES FROM THE VIENNA WOODS

Tales from the Vienna Woods is set in the early 1930s, but tells a story that could happen today, as well as tomorrow. Two stage actors introduce the audience to the stories of the protagonists at the Belvedere Gardens. Maximilian Schell’s camera immediately shows us a man from the back as the sun sets. An image that will recur frequently throughout the feature film along with numerous totals and pan shots necessary to maintain a certain detachment.

MEATGRINDER

We are spared nothing, during the screening of Meatgrinder. The director, with an extremely essential approach, gets straight to the point. And, likewise, a harsh, deliberately dirty aesthetic is perfectly appropriate for what Houchang Allayari wanted to denounce in this short but important film of his.

I LOVE VIENNA

I Love Vienna presents itself as a colourful and cheerful fresco of society, in which controversial topics are raised – especially concerning the various cultural differences and the different ways of understanding marriage and love relationships in general – but all this is done in an ironic way, through a skilful script that sees numerous misunderstandings and paradoxes as its most important peculiarities.

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REVANCHE

There is apparently no way of salvation for the protagonists of Götz Spielmann’s Revanche (as in any other work by the Austrian director). This implicit cosmic pessimism – filled, in its own way, with a subtle religiousness – assumes immediately a universal connotation concerning every historical period.

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THE PACIFIC OCEAN

With a sophisticated black and white that recalls the cinematography of Katzelmacher (Fassbinder’s first film, 1969), The Pacific Ocean – the first feature by Xaver Schwarzenberger, Fassbinder’s long-time assistant – is a work that, in its own way, has become a milestone in Austrian and German cinema of the 1980s.