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Christopher Walken


Each year, the Viennale brings the latest feature, documentary and short films to Vienna from around the world. Among them are many unknowns, unusual discoveries, as well as great films by famous directors, such as "Certain Women" by Kelly Reichardt with Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern, "Elle" by Paul Verhoeven and "Paterson" by Jim Jarmusch. Austrian cinema is also represented. Examples are "Homo Sapiens" by Nikolaus Geyrhalter, "Stille Reserven" by Valentin Hitz and "Mister Universo" by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel. Among the documentary films this year are interesting portraits - including on the director Brian De Palma, the musician Franz Zappa and the author Peter Handke.

Christopher Walken in focus

A tribute is dedicated to the American actor Christopher Walken. His distinctive appearance and way of speaking soon cast him in the role of the villain. But there are many more facets to Christopher Walken, as is amply demonstrated by his 100 or so film appearances. The Viennale screens films including "The Deer Hunter", "King of New York" and "Catch Me If You Can". And with a little luck, the actor will also attend the Viennale, despite his fear of flying. A regular guest is the American cult director and musician John Carpenter. He is traveling to Vienna for the gala screening of his film "They Live" on 2 November and giving a concert in the Stadthalle on 3 November. Patti Smith will also give a concert (on 1 November in the Gartenbau cinema) as well as showing her photographic works from 21 October to 10 November at the Metro Kinokulturhaus.

This year's retrospective is organized under the theme "A second life". It's about the variation of a topic in a film - i.e. about remakes, sequels, prequels and adaptations. Representative of these is the resurrection of a Japanese classic ("Yojimbo" by Akira Kurosawa, 1961) as a Spaghetti Western ("A Fistful of Dollars" by Sergio Leone, 1964). Further specials are also dedicated to the recently deceased avant-garde filmmaker Peter Hutton from the USA and Robert Land, a great unknown of German-language cinema of the inter-war years, who died while fleeing into exile in 1938.

The Viennale is always a showplace for popular parties and premieres. These are mostly held in the festival headquarters in the Alte Post (Old Post Office).


20 October - 2 November 2016
Various cinemas in Vienna
The full Viennale program can be download online from 11 October:
Advance sales from 15 October 2016

Festival headquarters:

Old Post Office (Alte Post)

Dominikanerbastei 11, 1010 Wien
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The Gartenbau cinema

The Gartenbau cinema is the main screening venue of the Viennale.

Kristen Stewart in the film "Certain Women"

Kristen Stewart in "Certain Women" by Kelly Reichardt

Director Brian de Palma and actor Tom Cruise

Documentary about the director Brian de Palma, shown here with Tom Cruise

Cinema Gartenbau

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