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Thursday, January 18, 2018
kunsthalle wien better world
A new group show at the Kunsthalle encourages us to shed our preconceptions and love the things that set us apart.The tempting possibility of a Utopia, a perfect world where we all get along and behave decently towards the planet and one another, has inspired artists, writers and even fashion designers since Sir Thomas More penned a satirical book...
nathan with strings
Nikolaus Habjan shines a light on religious fundamentalism in Nathan der Weise.With refugees reaching Europe in record numbers, it often seems that the humanistic approach is under fire. Yet strife in the Middle East and pleas for tolerance are as old as the hills, as the Volkstheater’s adaption of the classic Nathan der Weise (Nathan the Wise) shows. Written...
Shōchiku
Societal upheaval, as shown by Japanese cinema.Influenced by the French nouvelle vague and a budding generation gap as postwar children came of age, Japanese cinema underwent tectonic changes during the late 1950s and 1960s. Facing commercial and cultural irrelevance after youth-oriented blockbusters by rivals, Shōchiku, Japan’s oldest film studio, decided to break tradition by proclaiming a “new wave” of...
sigmund freud
Award-winning Viennese writer Robert Seethaler's bestselling novel, The Tobacconist, tackles coming of age on the eve of war and shows a sentimental side of Freud.Robert Seethaler didn’t plan to become a novelist. An established character actor on stage and screen (most recently opposite Rachel Weisz in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth), he began writing novels while studying for a degree in...
Twelfth night
The Bard’s illustrious comedy of errors makes landfall in Vienna.With lust, jealousy, deception, inebriation and greed all tied up in a convoluted yet charming love story, Shakespeare’s beloved farce Twelfth Night certainly lives up to its alternate title What You Will. Leaving no human vice untapped, TNT Britain and the American Drama Group Europe make a stop on their...
queer film festival
Proudly presenting an alternative to heteronormative cinema and queer since day one, the biannual Identities Film Festival holds the rainbow torch up highProviding a soapbox for discourse on queer identity and equality between all, for ten days, the Gartenbaukino, Filmcasino and Metro Kino will serve up an expansive buffet of queer cinema of all stripes, including both mainstream and...
the revenge of analog
The desire for real things in real time lies deep in the human psyche argues David Sax in The Revenge of Analog.Evenings, after supper, my father loved to listen to music. Gently removing a record from the sleeve, he would place it on the turntable and, equally as tenderly, place the needle carefully in the groove.  I would wait,...
Abel Ferrara recreates the final day of the Italian poet, film director and political radicalNever one to shy away from controversy, director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant,The Funeral) pays tribute to one of his cinematic heroes: Italian iconoclast Pier Paolo Pasolini, who also shocked audiences with graphic depictions of sex and violence (albeit in a more conceptualized manner). Frequent collaborator...
Importance of Being Earnest
Back by popular demand, Open House Theatre goes Wilde with The Importance of Being Earnest Never ones to wash their clean linen in public, the Open House Theatre company scored a resounding success last year with The Importance of Being Earnest; so much so that they decided a second time certainly can’t hurt – you can never be too Earnest, after...
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