Production: ARTE

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DAS SCHWEIGEN DER ESEL

Das Schweigen der Esel, while boasting a tension-filled narrative development, further enhanced by a sophisticated parallel editing, also presents a touch of welcome, typically Austrian irony, as well as, of course, numerous references to feature films of the past, as well as to literary classics.

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SLEEPER

Sleeper plays on a subtle ambiguity, which well represents the perceptions and paranoia that many experienced in the aftermath of the Twin Towers attack. Benjamin Heisenberg knows what he wants to convey to the viewer and, in this case, he has done so by giving us a subtle and intelligent feature film.

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CLUB ZERO

Club Zero is a mercilessly sincere feature film, extremely rigorous in its mise-en-scene, which finds its ideal mood in a sharp irony. The image of society depicted here has the sharp, vivid colours of a world in which no half-measures are allowed. Just like in the cinema of Hausner, who has been minutely analysing every single aspect of this very world for years now. In competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2023.

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SISI & I

Meticulously detailed and quite original in its costumes, with an excellent cast and locations that almost seem to belong to enchanted dimensions, Frauke Finsterwalder’s Sisi & I is definitely the most “feminist” version of all the feature films dedicated to Elisabeth of Austria. At the Berlinale 2023.

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PENISSIMO

Penissimo is a cheerful and light-hearted, but also particularly meaningful documentary. Interviews, photographs of artworks, but also excerpts from the first erotic films made back in the silent era compose a lively and colourful fresco of “one of the two halves of the sky”.

71 FRAGMENTS OF A CHRONOLOGY OF CHANCE

It is based on a real-life news story 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance. In the film – which is divided into five chapters, each concerning a particular day – everything takes place from October 12 to December 23, 1993. Everything leads up to a single event in which all the characters will be involved in one way or another. But how important is the human being in this feature film by Michael Haneke?

MADEMOISELLE PARADIS

The extreme realism of Northern Skirts gives way here to an impeccable elegance. And even if we are nostalgic for that suburbia so well depicted in the debut feature by the Viennese director, we have to admit that Mademoiselle Paradis shows a marked personality.

IN THE BASEMENT

With In the Basement, Ulrich Seidl explores the inner self of the characters he filmed by entering their tidy, impeccable-looking homes, until he reaches their basements. And it is here that each of them finally reveals his or her true nature.

AUFSCHNEIDER

Although Aufschneider stands out immediately for its television-like writing and directorial approach, everything flows in an overall linear way. Every single event, every single story of the characters are somehow connected. Often, however, also in an excessively predictable manner.