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iPOP at the 2003 Vienna International Film Festival

iPOP at the 2003 Vienna International Film Festival

iPOP at the 2003 Vienna International Film Festival

by Wendy Mitchell/indieWIRE

The Austrians, as evidenced by this year’s 41st Vienna International Film Festival (or Viennale), take their films seriously, but not so seriously that they won’t stay out til 4 a.m. most nights of the film festival. Nearly every night of the Viennale, industry guests, festival staffers, and Austrian film lovers could be found out til the wee hours at festival dinners, parties, or live music and DJ events. The former cozy hangout spot, formerly a tent (“zelt”) in the Stadtpark near the theaters, was replaced by a much more modern bar atop the Urania theater.

This year’s Viennale attracted a number of high-profile guests, including Japanese directors in town for the ATG retrospective, American directors including Sofia Coppola, as well as many Austrian and European directors and actors.

Viennale festival director Hans Hurch welcomes “Lost in Translation” director Sofia Coppola to the opening night festivities at the Gartenbau Kino.

Photo by Alexander Tuma/courtesy of Viennale

Andrea Toal, an editor at London’s Sight & Sound, chats with “Pull My Daisy” and “The Cedar Bar” director Alfred Leslie at the Urania.

Photo by Wendy

“Shang Shan” (On the Mountain) director Zhu Chuanming impresses his dinner
companions at the Englander restaurant with some palm reading.

Photo by Wendy Mitchell/indieWIRE

Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, actor and director of “Il est plus facile our un chameau” (It’s Easier for a Camel), poses at the Rathaus with a German-speaking comedy troupe, the Balaton Combo, which indieWIRE won’t
attempt to explain.

Photo courtesy of Viennale

Festival staffers, journalists, and filmmakers enjoy a late night at the
festival’s new hangout, the bar at Urania, which replaced the tent in the

Photo by Wendy Mitchell/indieWIRE

Blue Hadaegh and Grover Babcock, directors of the American doc “A Certain Kind of Death,” step from behind the camera to behind the decks to DJ at a Viennale party.

Photo courtesy of Viennale

German director Rudolf Thome with daughter Joya (who is also co-star of his film “Rot und Blau”) at a festival dinner at Mas! restaurant.

Photo by Klaus Vyhnalek/courtesy of Viennale

Ulrich Seidl (right) receives the Vienna Film Prize for “Jesus, Du Weist” from Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, Vienna’s City Councilor for Cultural Affairs, at the closing night ceremony.

Photo by Klaus Vyhnalek/courtesy of Viennale

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