The Vienna International Film Festival, affectionately known as the "Viennale," which will run October 14 - 26, announced its line up for this year, with 291 films from 48 countries slated, including 15 world premieres. The festival will open with a screening of Woody Allen's "Match Point," about a former tennis pro (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) who becomes smitten with a woman (Scarlett Johansson) who is dating his rival. The closing film on October 26 will be George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck," a film about the legendary broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow who fought to expose Senator Joseph McCarthy's communist witch hunts in the 1950s.
Among this year's programs will be an Andy Warhol Retrospective, curated by Jonas Mekas, that will feature more than 30 of Warhol's films. Screenings will include "Sleep, " "Eat," "Haircut" and "Kiss," all of which come from the period when Warhol concentrated on filming stars with minimal action and narrative. "Screen Tests," which features various individuals, famous and otherwise, will also screen, as will "Chelsea Girls," which Warhol made at the same time he was "producing" the Lou Reed fronted band, The Velvet Underground. Accompanying the screenings will be discussions and other events to examine Warhol's ouevre.
Another highlight of the Viennale will be a tribute to Jane Birkin, who will be a special guest at the festival. Screenings in this program will include Serge Gainsbourg's "Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus," about a lonely truck-stop waitress; Jacques Rivette's "L'Amour par Terre," about two actresses rehearsing a play about a love triangle, and Bertrand Tavernier's "Daddy Nostalgie," about a man recovering from heart surgery who comes to forge a new relationship with his adult daughter. Birkin herself will perform in concert on October 17.
Austrian Cinema will also receive a special focus at this year's Viennale. Among the screenings will be Antonin Svoboda's "Spiele Leben," about a man addicted to gambling, and Michael Glawogger's "Workingman's Death," a documentary that takes a look at people who do very odd jobs for a living.
Other films to be screened during the event include: Lav Diaz's "The Evolution of a Filipino Family," a controversial 643-minute film about the rough life of a farming family on the outskirts of the jungle; Edo Bertoglio's "Face Addict," about the downtown New York art scene of the late '70s and early '80s, and Wei Xueqi's "Alian," about two lovers working in the same factory in South China.
[For more information, visit the festival's website.]