41st Viennale To Offer 100+ Films; Event Adds Extra Day
by Wendy Mitchell
The 2003 Viennale, or Vienna International Film Festival, will kick off tonight when Sofia Coppola comes to town to present her sophomore smash "Lost in Translation." The festival had been slated to run October 17-29, but organizers just announced that they've added another day of programming on October 30 in response to sold-out screenings of popular films. The added day will feature 17 films -- including "Dogville," "Uzak," "The Brown Bunny" and several Austrian selections -- that were mostly sold our for their initial screening times.
The line-up for the 41st Viennale will include more than 100 features and documentaries, plus selections of short films. International offerings include Takeshi Kitano's Venice winner "Zatoichi," Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Blissfully Yours," Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi's "Il est plus facile pour un chameau" (It Is Easier for a Camel), Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Uzak" (Distant), Dagur Kari's "Noi Albinoi," Lars Von Trier's "Dogville," Jacques Doillon's "Raja," and Julie Bertuccelli's "Depuis qu'Otar est parti" (Since Otar Left), which will close the festival. U.S. offerings include the Coens' "Intolerable Cruelty," Sam Green and Bill Siegel's doc "The Weather Underground," John Dullaghan's "Bukowski: Born into This," Jonathan Demme's "The Agronomist," Thom Andersen's "Los Angeles Plays Itself," David Gordon Green's "All the Real Girls," Gus Van Sant's Cannes winner "Elephant," Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes," and Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman's Sundance and Gotham awards winner "American Splendor."
Special programs include a retrospective to showcase films from the famed Japanese distribution and production company Art Theatre Guild (ATG). That section will showcase 30 films made from 1962 to 1984. The Viennale will offer tributes to Warren Beatty, documentarian Emile de Antonio, the German music label ECM, and a program of films by Vincent Gallo. A new Austrian cinema section will show films including Ulrich Seidl's documentary "Jesus, You Know," Markus Heltschl's "Der glaserne Blick," and Barbara Albert's "Free Radicals," which is also showing at this year's New York Film Festival.
The festival is mostly non-competitive, although there will be three awards: the Vienna Film Prize (given to an Austrian feature), the FIPRESCI prize, and the Der Standard newspaper's readers prize.
For more information, please visit: http://www.viennale.at.
[indieWIRE Managing Editor Wendy Mitchell is in Vienna to cover the festival.]