Vienna To Kick Off 42nd Festival Tonight With "Look at Me"
by Wendy Mitchell
The 42nd Vienna International Film Festival will kick off tonight (Friday) with plans to show 289 films from 44 countries and welcome dozens of impressive guests, including actors Lauren Bacall, Daniel Bruhl, and Catherine Deneuve and directors James Benning, Olivier Assayas, Jem Cohen, Arnaud Desplechin, Agnes Varda, and others. The Viennale will open with Agnes Jaoui's Cannes screenplay award winner, "Look at Me," which earlier this month kicked off the New York Film Festival.
The festival is starting a number of new initiatives at this year's event, including Bonus Track, an additional day of screenings (October 28) that will run movies from 6 a.m. to midnight, as well as Working Class, a lecture series by Jean-Pierre Gorin. The new program Propositions wills how 12 films that "risk having unusual forms in cinema, stories, and aesthetic and political strategies." The selections include Mark Milgard's "Dandelion," Lee Kang-sheng's "The Missing," Ana Poliak's "Pin Boy," and Jonathan Caouette's "Tarnation."
The festival's impressive main program will present films including Jonathan Demme's "The Manchurian Candidate," Olivier Assayas' "Clean," Francois Ozon's "5x2," Cedric Kahn's "Red Lights," Ondi Timoner's "Dig!," Debra Granik's "Down to the Bone," Paul Cronin's "Film as a Subversive Art: Amos Vogel and Cinema 16," Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Nobody Knows," Neil Young's "Greendale," Bahman Ghobadi's "Turtles Can Fly," Ross McElwee's "Bright Leaves," and dozens more features, docs, and shorts. Austrian selections include Hans Weingartner's Austrian co-produciton "The Edukators," documentary "Calling Heddy Lamarr," experimental works, and a program of works by Austro-Hungarian director Paul Fejos.
This year's Viennale retrospective, presented with the Austrian Filmmuseum, is dedicated to the works of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub (who will both attend). A dozen films by John Ford will also be shown at the Museum. Tribute programs will honor Lauren Bacall, Amos Vogel, Jean-Pierre Gorin, and Koreeda Hirokazu.
Panels will discuss new Chinese cinema, music films, globalization, and other topics. Music events and DJ nights will also be held at the festival's main venue, the Urania. The festival will present a gala showing of its closing film, Michael Mayer's "A Home at the End of the World" on October 27.
[ For more information, visit: http://www.viennale.at. ]