LINZ. For the 14th time, Linz will once again be the center for film lovers when the film festival “Crossing Europe” is going to take place from Tuesday, 25th to Sunday, April 30th. The program is as varied as the film continent Europe. Festivalleiter Christine Dollhofer promises a “virtual interrail ticket” through Europe.
With handpicked social-political films and numerous film makers, Crossing Europe is also looking forward to unconventional cinema from Europe this year.
160 European play, short and documentary films from 43 different countries are part of this year’s program. Numerous internationally acclaimed film highlights of the past festival season will be on display on the Linzer screens, including numerous world and international premieres.
Declaration of Love in Europe
“Crossing Europe wants to create empathy for the continent of Europe, which is characterized by many upheavals. New perspectives of people and film makers from all over Europe can be experienced. Crossing Europe makes a declaration of love in Europe with its diverse cultural spaces and living environments, “said Christine Dollhofer, a festival director.
The festival will be opened on April 25th with five selected films, which represent the central themes of this year’s festival. Thus, “Chez Nous – This is our land” is equally highly political, when director Lucas Belvaux discusses the French presidential election.
For more than a year, Vitaly Manksy visits relatives in Russia and Ukraine for his documentary “Rodnye” and asks her about the political situation.
At the opening one can also see “Tereddüt” by the renowned Turkish director Yesim Ustaoglu. This year, she was dedicated to the new spotlight “Spotlight”, a total of five of her films are part of the festival program. Their films are homeland films in the opposite sense and deal with delicate topics such as the Turkish-Kurdish relationship or compulsion.
This year’s tribute is dedicated to the Polish filmmaker duo Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal. Crossing Europe is the first festival to present a cinematic overall view of the artist’s work. It is opened with “The Sun, The Sun Blinded Me” (in the picture). The two are, among other things, guests at a directors’ meeting on April 27, OK Deck.
In the competition, the main prizes will again be awarded in the three categories of Fiction, Documentary and Local Artists. Once again, the established “working world” railways, which take place this year under the title “What do we do”, or the “architecture and society – gender & space” in cooperation with the afo architekturforum OÖ. The film “Nachtsicht” (“Night Vision”), the “Cinema Next Europe” will also be presented for the third time, giving the young European film-makers a platform.
As always Crossing Europe provides the regional film scene with the program section “Local Artists” a great platform. 60 productions, including 21 world premieres, give Crossing Europe an appealing overview of current Upper Austrian films. Highlights of the long documentary films are “Lennox” by Petra Hinerberger – a sensitive portrait about drug-dependent people or “Mabacher- # Unbroken” by Stefan Wolner – a film portrait about Martin Habacher suffering from the glass bone disease.
For Musikaffine, the Musikvideo contest again offers a great selection of 16 domestic works, including Mavi Phoenix (which can also be heard live at Nightline), AVEC, picture book or Parov Stelar.
Comprehensive framework program
Discussions with film makers, exhibitions and more complete the festival. The Nightline (OK Deck) is celebrated with good music. Including Mavie Phoenix or Xiu Xiu.
The festival center is once again in the OÖ cultural quarter, theater areas: Moviemento, Ursulinensaal, City cinema, KAPU, AEC. The entire program is available at www.crossing-europe.at. Tickethotline: Tel. 0680/5061506.
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