Year: 1984

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SYNTAGMA

In Syntagma by VALIE EXPORT, the great protagonist is the woman’s body and its relationship with the reality around it. The body that, each time, adapts to different contexts, to different forms. The body that only thanks to cinema has the possibility of “freeing itself”, of finding many new and unexpected declinations, of discovering a new self.

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WHO WAS EDGAR ALLAN?

Who was Edgar Allan? is a sophisticated detective story with a noir character in which a Venice that is often quite different from how we are used to imagining it acts as the perfect co-star. Michael Haneke, for his part, has succeeded perfectly in staging an intriguing yet twisted and highly controversial story.

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NAVELFABLE

In NavelFable, Mara Mattuschka has opted for a minimalist yet highly experimental mise-en-scène. A simple stop-motion animation, together with extreme close-ups, details of screaming mouths covered by nylon stockings and drawings directly tracing the various rips on said stockings fully convey the idea of what the director wanted to communicate to us.

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JUST BEHIND THE DOOR

Mansur Madavi enjoyed surprising us, confusing us and making us completely identify with his protagonist. Just Behind the Door is a feature film that is both simple and complex at the same time. A feature film that treasures what has been made in the past, but nevertheless finds its own way, proving to be a true gem of Austrian cinema. 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.

RAFFL

Christian Berger stages important moral questions without ever being judgmental. And his Raffl can deservedly be described as a living, pulsating feature film, a simple and complex feature film at the same time. A timeless film.