Peter Tscherkassky’s Train again is not simply a tribute to film history and to one of the most beloved and versatile means of transport, which has always had great significance in film. Train again is also – and above all – a tribute to the history of Austrian avant-garde cinema and to one of its most outstanding representatives. At the Viennale 2021.
In Social Skills we witness also a lively protest. A living, pulsating protest against a conformist world in which rules no longer consider human beings themselves and their well-being. A world in which human beings often move like puppets. Not one, but many arts take on multiple meanings and, all together, become one: cinema. At the Viennale 2021.
Milena Czernovsky and Lilith Kraxner’s Beatrix is characterised by a very particular narrative development, in which the act of watching, of observing not always in a voyeuristic way, becomes the directors’ primary goal. The camera follows the protagonist during every moment of her day. Meanwhile, what happens before our eyes is simply life. At the Viennale 2021.
Burning Palace by Mara Mattuschka and Chris Haring is the living, breathing image of the inner self of every human being, of their dreams, of their needs. A film that has a thousand interpretations and is characterised by an attentive, but also courageous and experimental direction. At the Viennale 2021.
Das Rad by Friedl vom Gröller is the dream of a child. Or rather, of two children. Das Rad is a journey back in time, a return to childhood, a new discovery of oneself and the world around us. A new way of understanding reality that also reminds us of the great cinema of the past. At the Viennale 2021.
Sekundenarbeiten is entirely shot on film. A return to the true essence of cinema. In the same way, Liselott Berschorner’s blank sheet is almost like a kind of rough diamond. A rough diamond that is about to be carved before our eyes and that, thanks to this particular process, seems to us even more precious. At the Viennale 2021.
Krai is an intimate and personal film that immediately makes us feel part of a world that is initially unknown to us. The director has opted for the most essential approach possible. The reality he depicts needs no further frills and is wonderful just as it is. Metacinema and documentary cinema come together to create something tender, ironic, but also incredibly moving.