Year: 2021

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*WOMEN (NICO)

*Women (Nico), starting from the figure of the legendary singer, opens up a complex and topical discourse, immediately taking on universal connotations and, at the same time, paying homage to an artist who shaped the history of music (and pop culture) of the last century. At the festival Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2023.

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THE BODY IS SO RESILIENT

In The Body is so resilient, Moana Vonstadl has opted for a minimalist yet incredibly effective mise-en-scène. The figure of Eva has sharp teeth and eyes that yearn for something undefined. She needs to feed herself, to nourish her self, to free herself from the grey world in which she has been imprisoned for a long, long time. At the festival Sotto le Stelle dell’Austria 2023.

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HERMANN HUBER – THE VALUE OF TIME

Hermann Huber – The Value of Time is an exciting and, sometimes, also moving journey between past and present. A journey into a world that everyone knows, but few have actually experienced first-hand. Tom Dauer, for his part, has opted for a predominantly classical mise-en-scene, in which the words of the protagonist play a central role and accompany us throughout the entire screening.

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MONTE VERITÀ

Monte Verità is a wild run towards freedom. A constant search for beauty in all its forms. A desperate need for love that never seems to find its own fulfilment. A story of female emancipation in which there is also a sincere tribute to the world of photography and art in general.

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UNCOMFORTABLY COMFORTABLE

In Uncomfortably Comfortable we are never shown close-ups of the protagonist. He does not want to be filmed directly. Not even when he eats in his car. Meanwhile, however, his voice-over tells us his story. A difficult story, in which a severe trauma from the past has marked him forever.

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PAST FUTURES

Through numerous analogue films taken over the years and thanks also to copious use of archive footage and documents, Past Futures presents itself as a heartfelt and sincere documentary and is immediately striking for the strongly contemplative directorial approach adopted.

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SIDE EFFECTS AND RISKS

Extremely complex moral issues bring up secrets and grudges, while at the same time giving rise to merciless revenge. Side Effects and Risks stages all this in a never banal or predictable way (thanks also – and above all – to the play by Stefan Vögel from which it is inspired), proving to be a deep and entertaining film at the same time, which, however, precisely because of the particular directorial approach adopted, would seem more appropriate for television broadcasting.

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MOONBOUND

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.

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MASKING THRESHOLD

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.

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SNOTTY BOY

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.