Seldom has the festival had more prominent and exciting personalities of world cinema as guests than at the V’07. A total of 130 directors, actors and other film guests came to the festival to present their works and attend public talks and other festival events.
Among them were:
Born as in December 1937 in New York as daughter of Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour Fonda. In 1968 international breakthrough for her role in Roger Vadim’s [film:2533]Barbarella[/i ] that makes her a very popular “sex symbol” of the decade.
In the late sixties Fonda is very committed to the Freedom’s Movement as well as to the Anti-Vietnam Movement. In 1972 she was awarded an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as the prostitute Bree Daniels in Klute. Fonda always lets influence her artistic work by her political and social engagement, for example in works such as THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY?, THE CHINA SYNDROME or in the repatriate drama COMMING HOME, for which she was awarded her second Academy Award. In the eighties also starts her dedication to sports and wellness. By the mid-eighties the actress finally takes back from film business. In the nineties she focuses on social topics and supports different aid organizations. In 2005 her autobiography “My Life So Far” is released and becomes an international success. In 2005 Jane Fonda reappears on the screen with MONSTER IN LAW, 2007 her latest film GEORGIA RULE premiers.
Born in Gannat (France) in 1967. In 1983, she acted in A nos amours by Maurice Pialat. She made her breakthrough with a part in Agnès Varda’s Sans toit, ni loi (V’ retrospective 2006). Today, she is one of the best known and most popular French actresses. Elle s’appelle Sabine is her director’s debut.
Born in Munich in 1971, Moritz Bleibtreu is one of Germany's most popular actors. The son of Hans Brenner and the actress Monika Bleibtreu, he trained as an actor and premiered at the Hamburger Schauspielhaus.
Films (selection): Knocking on Heaven’s Door[/I] (D 1996), [i]Lola rennt (D 1997), Das Experiment (D 2001), Elementarteilchen (D 2006), Free Rainer (V’07).
Todd Haynes attended Brown University and majored in arts and semiotics. After graduation he moved to New York City and made the very controversial short film Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (USA 1998). The movie uses dolls instead of actors to tell the story of the late Karen Carpenter. His first feature, Poison (USA 1991), won the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Films: Safe (V’95), Velvet Goldmine (UK/USA 1998, V’98), Far From Heaven (F/USA 2002, V’02) and I’m Not There (USA 2007)
Two-time Oscar winner Haskell Wexler, actress Nina Hoss, Jean-Pierre Gorin (the curator of the retrospective 2007), director of photography Ed Lachmann as well as a number of outstanding directors, including Masahiro Kabayashi, Hal Hartley, Nicolas Klotz, Tom Kalin, Nicolas Philibert, Chrisitan Petzold and Jem Cohen were guests at the Viennale 2007. The filmmakers Stephanie Rothman, Nina Menkes and Pascale Ferran, to whom the Viennale dedicated a Special Program each, also accepted our invitation to come to Vienna on this occasion.
Of no less importance for the festival in particular and cinema in general was the presence of such renowned author-filmmakers as Peter Hutton, Heinz Emigholz, Su Friedrich, Harun Farocki, Jean-Claude Rousseau, Peter Nestler and Thom Andersen, many of whom are regular visitors to and guests of the annual Viennale film festival.