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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
viennale
The Viennale promises two weeks of movie magic, marred by the passing of director Hans HurchLate October is a special time for Vienna’s movie fiends. It’s when the Viennale, the city’s international film festival, kicks off, a celebration of the celluloid arts in an art obsessed town. And while the festival has had its share of glitzy galas and...
jewish film festival
From hummus to Yinglish drama, movie buffs can look forward to over two weeks of acclaimed kosher cinemaA deliciously offbeat fixture in Vienna’s busy cultural calendar, since the early 1990s Vienna’s Jewish Film Festival has celebrated the living culture of one of the city’s oldest and most vibrant communities. Now in its 25th year, this edition will include lots...
film britain monarch queen victoria
The human side of Britain’s monarch is shown in a softer lightNo stranger to royals, after humanizing Queen Elisabeth II in the critically-acclaimed The Queen, director Stephen Frears returns to matters of court to give Queen Victoria similar treatment. An adaptation of Shrabani Basu’s book of the same name, based on Her Majesty’s personal correspondence, Academy Award winner Judy...
city spies espionage thriller movie
A film crew captures Vienna’s clandestine allure for the espionage thriller City of SpiesThe backdrop certainly isn’t reassuring: I’m in front of a vape shop on a deserted backstreet in a dubious part of Favoriten, Vienna’s rundown 10th district, nervously double-checking the time and address on my email. The newly painted storefront – plugging vials of flavored nicotine for...
film festival horror
Austria’s annual frightfest is more than just gore, celebrating the weird and fantasticalWhile more conventional cinematic aficionados spend the entire year looking forward to the Viennale, a small but rather rabid community are marking their calendars a month earlier: For eight years in a row, the Slash Film Festival has been a point of pilgrimage for fans of fantastic,...
The Dark Tower
Stephen King’s post apocalyptic octalogy, abridged by HollywoodWith its eight installments selling millions, it was only a matter of time until prolific writer Stephen King’s The Dark Tower would be singled out for the big screen. Featuring two of King’s most iconic characters, his magnum opus retells the battle between Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last member of an...
The Party
Devious, hilarious and insightful, The Party tears into the contemporary British intelligentsiaThe utter haplessness of the political left is one of today’s great unsolved mysteries, with legions of pundits wondering what happened to the idealism of the 1960s generation. A baby boomer herself, acclaimed British director Sally Potter certainly offers an answer in her latest film The Party, a...
Frameout Festival
An eclectic mix of cinema's finest, at one of the summer's hottest hangoutsAny summer spent in Vienna pretty much requires a visit to the Museums Quartier: whether it’s for an exhibition, a late-night drink with friends or a bite to eat, the large open courtyard beckons with an expansive range of activities. For a decade now however, the quiet...
Tulip Fever
A star-studded cast, magnificent costumes and a story of feverish loveBased on a bestselling 1999 novel by prolific English novelist Deborah Moggach and adapted by Academy-award winning playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, Tulip Fever is set against the backdrop of an infamous investment bubble in 17th-century Amsterdam for a riveting historical drama of lust, betrayal and revenge: A struggling...
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