“Dangerously Good Films” at Vienna’s Lets CEE Film Festival

The Let’s CEE Film Festival returns with the very best from Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus.

Just six years old and already an institution, the Let’s CEE lm festival is dedicated to motion pictures from central and eastern Europe and as far afield as the Caucasus. And while the organizers have been hit hard by budget cuts, this year promises quite a few surprises: under the motto “Dangerously Good Films,” the focus will be on the fight against ignorance and prejudice, with 155 films shown and special attention given to Polish, Hungarian and Slovenian productions with Márta Mészàros, Hungary’s first female film director, attending as a guest of honor. All films will be shown in their original language and subtitled in English or German – a cinephile’s dream come true.

During the annual Austrian Days, several films by renowned local filmmakers will be shown (all subtitled in English), including academy award-winner Stefan Ruzowitzky’s action-horror flick Die Hölle (Cold Hell), Arman T. Rihani’s comedy Die Migrantigen (The Migrumpies) and Michael Glawogger’s documentary Untitled, as well as cabaret artist Josef Hader’s directorial debut Wilde Maus (Wild Mouse).

Documentaries are covered in the series “East Silver Caravan:” Curated alongside the Prague Institute for Documentary for the second time in a row, highlights include: Article 18, a documentary on the law forbidding same sex marriages in Poland and The Limits of Work by Apolena Rychlíková, which follows a journalist working in some of Czechia’s lousiest, worst paid jobs.

The “Hollywood Goes CEE” series will show American and international movies shot in Central and Eastern Europe. As a special guest, Yariv Lerner, CEO of Nu Boyana Film Studios will be attending the Austrian premiere of Loving Pablo – a film about the life and loves of Pablo Escobar starring Javier Bardem; there will also be screenings of the boxing drama Chuck aka The Bleeder and the crime thriller Bullet Head.

Tech-lovers will be thrilled to find that this year Let’s CEE has become Austria’s first festival to show VR films. The series “Let’s Open Your Mind,” will show pictures produced by or developed with distinguished partners such as the Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Greenpeace International, The United Nations and The Guardian; even better, entry is free – this also goes for their entire short film program, including a series of 40 centered around the motto “Together Apart.”

Besides the regular program, Let’s CEE offers opportunities to immerse yourself into the world of cinematography: Alongside the Let’s CEE talent academy, the Let’s CEE Industry Days will present talks on the key success factors in the industry in addition to podium discussions, screenings and plenty of chances to network.

Apr 13-22, various locations. letsceefilmfestival.com

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Corinna Berger
is an Austrian-American born in Tyrol, currently living in Vienna. After dabbling in Austrian Law she is currently studying Journalism and Media Management at the University of Applied Sciences FH WKW.

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