There are many great film festivals in Austria, there is the gory Slash film fest, the artsy Diagonale in Graz and small Crossing Europe in Linz, but in the end it’s the Viennale they all look up to. For years the filmfestival has been the only reason to look forward to Autumn..Festival director Hans Hurch, who is a bit weird but a very passionate film lover, makes sure that every year there are more good films than anyone can ever watch in two weeks.
Another thing that keeps you from getting rectangular eyes is the fact, that most of the films are already sold out on the first day, even the first hour. On Saturday, when the festival tickets get on sale, people queue hours before the box offices open.
Here are three good reasons for you to get out of bed and into the line:
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jay
It’s a documentary – of course it is, because the Viennale is quite famous for its exquisite selection of docs. If you know about Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, you will also know why it’s a good idea to watch thuis film and if you don’t – go there and learn. Plus: Genesis P-Orridge will be present during the screening.
27.10., 23:30, Gartenbaukino
28.10., 18:30, Urania
Work in Progress: Ulrich Seidls Paradies
For the last five years Austrian genius Ulrich Seidl has been working on one movie. Word is that he has 80 hours of film and will turn it into a trilogy. This rumour is reason enough to make every cinema lover bite his fingernails nervously, because at this year’s Viennale they get the chance to see first scenes from the film.
26.10., 20:30, Stadtkino
Mublecore is the name of a very young genre and it means independent films shot by young filmmakers such as the Duplass brothers (Cyrus), Lynn Shelton and of course Zach Weintraub. His new film Bummer Summer is about a group of young people who don’t know what to do. A promising start for a great movie.
28.10., 21:00, Urania
29.10., 23:00, Stadtkino
Of course there is a great number of other highlights, for example Harry Belafonte. Check out the full program here.
Opening on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, the festival founded in 2002 showcases the best works from Women filmmakers out of various categories, such as feature films, documentaries, short films, fashion films, music videos and many more.
Highlights include performances from Michachu, Imogen Heap and a Music Loves Video strand hosted by Kate Nash. Check here to see the full programme and watch the festival trailer below.
Bird’s Eye View Film Festival will take place from March 8th until March 17th. Get your tickets via Bird’s Eye View.
Miraculous filmmaker, performance artist and writer Miranda July is kind of like an impersonated Swiss-army knife and we love her for that. Now, the pretty talent will release her new film titled ‚The Future’ at the Sundance Film Festival 2011 in Utah, which takes place from January 20 – 30.
Everybody that has seen her previous work, such as the fantastic film ‘You and Me and Everyone We Know‘, knows to expect something great. This is exactly why the fact that there has yet to be a trailer hardly matters. Right now you can only read this synopsis: “When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves.”
If you are lucky enough to be in the area we highly recommend you make it to one of following the screenings.
Friday, Jan 21, 6:15 pm, Eccles?
Saturday, Jan 22, 8:30 am, Library
Friday, Jan 28, 9:15 am, Eccles
Clap your hands and say yeah, because from Friday the 14th to Monday the 17th, the British Short Film Festival opens in Berlin with a variety of amazing short films, concerts, parties, workshops, exhibitions, open screenings, panels and much more.
Judging by the submissions we’ve read about so far visitors and film-addicts can look forward to a flood of first-class shorts from a variety of genres such as comedy, drama, documentary, animation, thriller, experimental, music and Horror. Here is a very exciting preview of some of the films that will be shown at the festival:
Paris/Sexy by Ruth Paxton (Thriller), 24 min Thriller about a woman, keeping a dark secret in her house. But everything changes when a young couple visits her. With Elisa Sakowski (Eastern Promises and Shane Meadow’s Somers Town), Martin Compston (Ken Loach’s Sweet Sixteen) and the famous burlesque performer Missy Malone from Scotland.
Laika by Avgousta Zourelidi (Animation), 8:39 min Funny animated adventure about the dog Laika who went to space with the „Sputnik 2“ mission. The Sputnik Kino will be the best place to show it!
Reign of Death by Matthew Savage (Thriller), 6 min Dark mixture of elements from Film Noir and Science Fiction. A detective tries to fight a killer robot. With Noel Clarke (Dr. Who)
Scent by Emily Bignell (Drama), 16:23 min An old man keeps the death of his wife a secret. He doesn’t tell anybody, he still washes her, feeds her, brings her to bed … But it gets more and more difficult to hide the truth. A very intense drama about love and loss.
Check out the complete programme here.
Tickets Screenings & Concerts: 5 Euro / for students & jobless 3 Euro
Festival Ticket for all Sputnik Screenings & Concerts: 25 Euro / 20 Euro
(Advance booking: Pay 20 Euro / 15 Euro until January 10th at Sputnik Kino)
Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz (Studio)
Kurfürstendamm 153, 10709 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Tickets Screening incl. Concert: 5 Euro / 3 Euro