Actor: Hilde Berger

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FEAR BLOWS WITH THE WIND

In Fear blows with the Wind, anguish is the common thread linking all the protagonists. Regardless of their age and social status. Manfred Kaufmann, for his part, has opted for an extremely realistic and essential directorial approach. Vienna is shown to us in a way that is quite different from the classic postcard images that are usually spread all over the world. As part of the retrospective Keine Angst by the Filmarchiv Austria.

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ICH ODER DU

Realism, minimalism, music and even, from time to time, a welcome irony make Ich oder Du a captivating feature film both from the point of view of the story itself and from the point of view of its staging. A perfect picture of 1980s Vienna magically comes to life on the movie screen. At the Viennale 2023, as part of the Filmarchiv Austria’s retrospective Keine Angst.

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ERWIN AND JULIA

In Erwin and Julia, each of the protagonists seems never to be able to realise their dreams. Despite all the potential of the city of Vienna. Erwin, Wolf, but also Claudia and Karin live almost in a kind of limbo, perfectly aware of what they want to become, but somehow unable to achieve their goals. And what if their own goals are, in reality, mere illusions?

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FLIPPER

In Flipper it is the cold, deafening and disturbing noise of the marbles within the game that takes centre stage. The woman speaks, but her words are inaudible. The man and the woman are close, but suddenly unable to move, since they seem to be tied in a sort of straitjacket. They both make faces and everything, for a moment, takes a deliberately grotesque turn.

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EGON SCHIELE: DEATH AND THE MAIDEN

There really is a lot to be enjoyed in dealing with all the numerous ideas that the life of this brilliant artist has to offer us. All depends on knowing how to handle them well, in order to make a never predictable or didactic work that is able to portray one of Austria’s most important artistic personalities as passionately and faithfully as possible. And Dieter Berner has perfectly succeeded in this never easy and by no means banal task with his Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden.