On the occasion of the Diagonale’23, Cinema Austriaco had the opportunity to meet Sebastian Höglinger and Peter Schernhuber, who have directed the Festival of Austrian Film since 2016 and who will hand over their directorship to Claudia Slanar and Dominik Kamalzadeh from June 2023. Interview by Marina Pavido.
On the occasion of the Diagonale’23 in Graz, the Franz Grabner Award 2023, endowed with EUR 5,000 each, was awarded today in the categories film documentary and TV documentary. The award is sponsored by the Grabner family, the AAFP, the ORF and the Diagonale in memory of ORF journalist Franz Grabner (1955-2015). The prize is awarded for an ethically and morally responsible and credible approach by filmmakers to their medium.
With the In Referenz series, the Diagonale interlaces, mediates, and expands emphases of its current festival program. In 2023, together with the Filmarchiv Austria, the Festival of Austrian Film is dedicating a four-part cinematic homage to the Graz-born actress Marisa Mell, which will be accompanied by an extensive exhibition at the Graz Museum. Mell, the “Austrian Sophia Loren”, was one of the most famous women in European cinema in the 1960s and 1970s – a woman of the world from Graz, a rediscovery!
The Diagonale is pleased to announce that the Festival of Austrian Film will open on Tuesday, March 21 with Patric Chiha’s feature film The Beast in the Jungle (La bête dans la jungle, AT/BE/FR 2023, 103 min). This year, the feature film will be accompanied by Viktoria Schmid’s experimental miniature NYC RGB (US/AT 2023, 7 min), whose world premiere marks the start of the gala evening.