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Vienna
Monday, January 22, 2018
The Viennale ‘15 has well and truly come to a close. The first Viennale was way back in 1960, before many of us were born – about the time of black and white television.As the festival director, Hans Hurch, dodging any questions of the festival engaging in any politics said, “the festival simply being a festival … (is) perhaps...
this human world
Raising awareness for human rights on the silver screenA film festival with a social conscience, the 9th edition of This Human World visualizes human rights in all its forms with about 100 features, documentaries and shorts. Highlights include Werner Herzog’s controversial musings in Lo and Behold (pictured), a documentary exploring the internet and how it affects our world and personal...
The fall of news anchor legend Dan Rather is dramatized with a star castHot on the heels of this year's academy award-winning Spotlight, Truth is another tribute to investigative journalism, showing what happens when it goes horribly wrong. Fresh from breaking the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in 2004, the team of CBS’s 60 Minutes, led by producer Mary Mapes...
Werner Herzog retrospective
Iconic and iconoclastic, the famous German director is celebrated in a retrospective at the Austrian Film ArchiveVienna’s Filmarchiv Austria currently has the distinction of hosting the first truly comprehensive retrospective of the work of Werner Herzog, that steadfast "soldier of cinema," as he himself so memorably put it.Mostly renowned in the German-speaking world for his early films with the...
viennale 2017
Cinephiles rejoice! Every year, Christmas comes early as the Viennale rolls in, offering up a broad swath of features, documentaries and short films from crowd pleasers to experimental works, supplemented with retrospectives and gems of non-western cinemaWith about 300 different films over two weeks however, even the most enthusiastic movieholic may feel overwhelmed. But fear not, METROPOLE has you...
(C) Viennale
Tonight it was the Urania, the former planetarium and cultural center of the waning Imperial years.  Here you sit far more than a living room's distance from the screen. But there's plenty of leg room in the virtual velvet, ergonomic seats, and that makes up for a lot.  And it turned out to be the perfect setting for Jacques...
Screening at Sundance and Cannes, this indie family drama explores parenthoodWinning best director at Cannes’ Un certain regard competition this year, writer and director Matt Ross’ touching and tragicomical film looks at how non-conformism affects child-rearing. Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife Leslie live off the grid deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest with their six...
The Third Man
Graham Greene’s The Third Man: An iconic portrait of gloom and corruption in Austria’s postwar capitalGreat cities have their architectural icons, the Eiffel Tower presiding over the City of Light, Big Ben brooding beside the Mother of Parliaments, the Empire State Building still dominating Manhattan’s thrusting skyline. Vienna has its own splendid pile, the gothic Stephansdom whose single spire...
murder on the orient express
The latest adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit entices with a stellar castPreviously brought to the screen by Sidney Lumet in a much loved 1974 adaptation, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express remains one of her most popular and glamorous novels. This time Kenneth Branagh di­rects and stars (sporting an im­pressive moustache) as the dap­per Belgian sleuth, recreating...
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