Documentary fever

Documentary fever The Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival is always a great excuse for many Praguers to get out of the city for a while, spending their days at a movie marathon and nights partying in the infamous film-fest tent until the wee hours. Jihlava is simply a great get-together for filmmakers and fans alike to hobnob and worship the art of cinema.

This year, there’s Wim Wenders‘ 3D feature Pina, Athina Rachel Tsangari’s triumphant drama Attenberg, The Night Watchman a film quietly depicting the reality ravaged by incessant drug wars in Mexico. Then there’s a great showcase of experimental cinema, films dealing with the Isreali-Palestinian issue and reality tv as well as a comprehensive showcase of Czech and Central European docs. A special section is dedicated to the American videoartist and electronic performer Bill Viola and to Lilian Schwartz, a trailblazer of computer-made experimental films.

The festival starts today, October 25th, and continues until October 30th, 2011.

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The VIENNALE 2011 is about to start

The VIENNALE 2011 is about to start 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

Bummer Summer
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.

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Ridley Scott to direct Blade Runner sequel

Ridley Scott to direct Blade Runner sequel Ridely Scott is to direct a sequel (or prequel) to his 1982 classic Blade Runner, which starred Rutger Hauer and Harrison Ford. Filming is due to begin next year and the film looks to be in cinemas in 2014. Speaking to the LA times the film’s producer Andrew Kosove said that “everything Ridley does as a filmmaker is fresh. I believe he sees an opportunity to create something that’s wholly original from the first Blade Runner.” Which basically means no Harrison Ford. Which is OK, as we reckon he will be well into his seventies by then – too old for scenes like this;

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