On the occasion of the Diagonale 2022, director Kurdwin Ayub presented her feature film Sonne, the festival’s opening film, which had already been screened at the Berlinale 2022, where it won the GWFF-Preis for Best Debut Film. Cinema Austriaco had the opportunity to have a chat with her and learn more about her work and career.
At the Diagonale 2022, director Ulrich Seidl presented his feature film Rimini, awarded Best Feature Film and already in competition at the Berlinale 2022. Cinema Austriaco had the opportunity to have a chat with him and learn more about his film and his career. Interview by Marina Pavido.
The Festival of Austrian Film took place from April 5 to 10, 2022. With roughly 29,000 visitors, the 25th edition in Graz had a positive outcome. The Diagonale’22 additionally is pleased to have acquired certification with the Austrian Ecolabel for Green Events. Source: press release.
The Hawk is a bizarre, irreverent feature film with an almost TV-like style, which, through a simple and at the same time complex story, questions certain family dynamics and precarious balances that risk breaking down forever when the past comes knocking at the door again. At the Diagonale’22.
Moonbound is all in all an enjoyable, colourful and, at times, adrenaline-fuelled feature film for families. A film with an international scope that, however, both in terms of the script and the realisation of the CGI pictures, suffers greatly from the comparison with other animated films made in the meantime all over the world. At the Diagonale’22.
Der Schutzengel stands out immediately for its evocative noir atmospheres, for places almost isolated from the rest of the world and for an intelligent and never predictable reflection on the nature of human beings. Götz Spielmann’s unmistakable approach did the rest. At the Diagonale’22.
Masking Threshold is the film we do not expect. A film with a hybrid form, which following an initial documentary approach slowly takes on the connotations of a horror film in a crescendo of tension and humour. Johannes Grenzfurthner drew heavily from the modern social media language and, specifically, from YouTube. His Masking Threshold thus becomes, at the same time, a deep, semi-serious reflection on the world we live in and on society. At the Diagonale’22.
Snotty Boy is an extremely sharp and mature feature film, which sees its workhorse in a grotesque humour. The portrait of a world – that of cartoonist Manfred Deix, but also of those who lived through the post-war period in small towns – that never really died. At the Diagonale’22.
Four in a Jeep immediately stands out not only for an excellent script, but also for an approach reminiscent of both French noirs and Hollywood cinema of those years, for elegant and welcome irony and for an impossible love story. At the Diagonale’22.
Despite an interesting story and distinctly clever insights, Above the World stands out for certain stylistic and narrative choices that caused it to lose personality. At the Diagonale’22.