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Each year, the Viennale brings the latest films of various genres to Vienna from around the world. Among them are unknown and off-beat discoveries as well as popular, big-budget films that have already celebrated international premieres. "Drive my car" by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, based on a short story by the best-selling author Haruki Murakami, and "Compartment No. 6" by Juho Kuosmanen from Finland, have already caused a sensation in Cannes. US actor Matt Dillon comes to Vienna as a star guest at the Viennale and presents together with director Shirin Neshat her new film "Land of Dreams".

Many of this year's films are dedicated to the dialog between young and old. Such as "Petite Maman" by the French filmmaker Céline Sciamma, who impressed two years ago with the opening film "Portrait of a Young Lady on Fire". The generational theme is also the focus of the German film "Mr. Bachmann and His Class" by Maria Speth and in the inspiring work "The Inheritance" by Ephraim Asili.

In response to current events are films like "Nous", in which Alice Diop portrays the French class system, or "Hygiène sociale", a pithy and ironic analysis of our time by Denis Côté.

This year's annual retrospective looks at the subversive power of films – with an homage to Amos Vogel (1921-2012). The son of Viennese Jews – born Amos Vogelbaum – managed to flee the Nazis for the USA in 1938. He became one of the most influential film curators in his chosen home, New York City. The retrospective "Film as a Subversive Art" celebrates Vogel's 100th birthday.

Austrian cinema is also represented, as always. Sebastian Meise's film "Great Freedom", which recently won first prize at the Sarajevo Festival, tells the story of a man in post-war Germany who was imprisoned several times because of his homosexuality. "Beatrix" was filmed by two young hopefuls of domestic cinema, Milena Czernovsky and Lilith Kraxner, and offers an intimate insight into the life of a young woman.

This year, the festival also goes on a journey through the film work of British director Terence Davies. His newest work "Benediction" is also shown alongside his literary film adaptations of "The House of Mirth" and "A Quiet Passion".

Viennale

October 21-31, 2021
Various cinemas in Vienna
The full Viennale program is available online from October 12:
www.viennale.at
Advance sales from October 16, 2021

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