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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
METROPOLE’s Top 10 Films at the Viennale! It's that time of the year again: Today, the Viennale kicks off, Austria's premier film festival! Featuring over 300 films from all over the world shown over 15 days, it's a cinephile's paradise, with numerous talks, parties and personal appearances by notable directors rounding out an already stacked program! With such a massive selection,...

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The 56th Viennale promises a more international direction under its first female head In 1991, Philippe Petit, infamous for tightrope walking between Manhattan’s Twin Towers, crossed high in the air from the Apollo Kino to a neighboring WWII anti-aircraft tower. It was a brilliant stunt cooked up by the then Viennale co-director Werner Herzog, to bring an appreciation of “Cinema...
Bombshell recounts the life of Hedy Lamarr: Austrian émigré, Hollywood diva – and inventor. "Any girl can look glamorous, aLL she has to do is stand still and look stupid.” The opening quote of the documentary Bombshell The Hedy Lamarr Story neatly sums up how the diva felt about her claim to fame. Considered one of the most beautiful women of her time,...
Nearly 30 years in the making, director Terry Gilliam finally realizes his passion project in his new film Famous for his single-minded determination and uncompromising creative integrity, legendary director Terry Gilliam (Monty Python’s Flying Circus, 12 Monkeys) is not one to back down, but his attempt to bring Miguel de Cervantes’ beloved picaresque novel to life would have tested anyone. ©...
Destination Wedding
Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder attempt to revive the classic romantic comedy in Destination Wedding The world around us might be constantly changing, but some things never go out of style. Case in point: Destination Wedding, a film that is nothing less than a revival of the classic romantic comedy of the mid-20th century – those witty battles of the...
Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant explores resilience through pitch-black humor Based on a true story, this sweet-and-sour biopic on Jon Callahan, an alcoholic quadriplegic turned cartoonist, falls perfectly into the celebrated director Gus Van Sant’s (My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting) repertoire of normdefying movies. Set in his native Portland, Van Sant doesn’t so much adapt Callahan’s unrefined autobi- ography as confront...
dotdotdot
Vienna’s quirky short film festival encourages you to interact with the medium Celebrating the intensity and ingenuity of cinema’s short form, the past years have made the Dotdotdot festival a summer fixture, displaying the full range of the medium on Thursday and Friday evenings within the inner courtyard of the baroque Palais Schönborn. Now in its third edition after succeeding its...
On Chesil Beach
Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle are two lovers brought down by repressive times. A decade after starring in Atonement and getting an Academy Award nomination at only 13 years old, Irish American actress Saoirse Ronan appears in another Ian McEwan adaptation. Set in the summer of 1962 – the cusp between postwar conservatism and the sexual revolution – it’s the...
Promised Land
For director Eugene Jarecki, “Fat Elvis” is a metaphor for a country in crisis. If you watch Promised Land expecting a pleasant two-hour feature about Elvis Presley in honor of the 40th anniversary of his death, you’re in for a rude awakening. This film uses the King’s life as a metaphor for the potential and – downfall – of the...
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