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DAILY: Day 6, October 24, 2023

24 Oct 2023

DAILY: Day 6, October 24, 2023

In our VIENNALE DAILIES you'll find everything you need to know about what's happening around the festival!

To work in the margin, without security, without comfort, plunging our private and professional lives into uncertainty, hazard, and risk; these are feelings very close to those of being in love.

(Elisabeth Perceval)


NEED SOME FILMTIPS? HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS!

V23_Rapito

RAPITO
Marco Bellocchio | Germany, France, Italy 2023 | 134 min
Tuesday, October 24: 12.45 pm - Gartenbaukino (OV w/ EN subtitles)
Monday, October 30: 3.30 pm - Gartenbaukino (OV w/ GER subtitles)

The event is unusual: Pope Pius IX orders the kidnapping of a six-year-old boy named Edgardo Mortara, born into a Jewish family in Bologna but baptised under secret, exceptional circumstances. In order to address the Almighty, this young innocent will have to replace his Hebrew prayers with ones in Latin. The context of the tale is fascinating: the unification of Italy in the mid-19th century, a period in which the formation of the modern Italian State was often at loggerheads with the Catholic Church’s guardianship of the faith. The forced conversion of Mortara forms part of a political and theological nexus in which delirium and power coexist, which Bellocchio draws on in his continued, obsessive exploration into the symbolic framework of Italian identity. The filmmaker’s vitalist poetics shine forth from beginning to end, creating countless memorable sequences, such as the dream of the child before the figure of Christ, the sequence shot of revolutionaries taking over a religious building or the adult protagonist’s return to his parents’ home. Each frame shows the eye of a master, capable of bestowing upon his dramas an operatic dimension, never devoid of brief notes of comedy to comment upon idiocy and cruelty. (Roger Koza)

 

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FERRARI
Michael Mann | USA 2023 | 130 min | OV w/ GER subtitles
Tuesday, October 24: 3.30 pm - Gartenbaukino
Friday, October 27: 1.00 pm - Gartenbaukino

Despite their links to Hollywood, Michael Mann’s films have always been worlds away from standard studio productions. They unfold in a way that is never too linear. Their action scenes often oscillate between suspension and acceleration, their speed in perpetual flux. The narrative can change both pace and focus, as if Mann were guiding his films in real time while we are watching them.
FERRARI is probably his most densely structured work, but, like the rest of his oeuvre, it is also a film about time and our inability to control it. It’s difficult to find a better metaphor for this existential conundrum than a real-life story of a man obsessed with motor racing, an extreme, potentially fatal exercise in conquering time by means of speed.
Even though the retro cars Mann used for the shoot have been recreated in 3D, they still serve as an authentic example of the sort of classic industrial chic that remains untouched by modern technologies. Like those objects of desire, FERRARI is also an example of timeless storytelling. In this film, nothing is secondary, and the end of love never comes alone, but rather in the company of other, equally devastating crashes. (Evgeny Gusyatinskiy

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WU YUE XUE
Chong Keat Aun | Malaysia, Singapur, Taiwan 2023 | 116 min | OV w/ EN subtitles
Tuesday, October 24: 4.00 pm - Urania

Kuala Lumpur, May 13, 1969. In the midst of post-election celebrations, Ah Eng and her mother watch the famous Chinese opera Dou E Yuan, also called Snow in Midsummer, performed by a street theatre. That same night, brutal race riots break out, leading to the killing of hundreds of Chinese and the declaration of martial law. As the violence rages outside, Ah Eng and her mother take refuge with the theater troupe, but lose track of her brother and father. Fortynine years later, Ah Eng is still searching for their graves and visits a mass burial site, where ghosts of the past resurface.
Chong Keat Aun’s sophomore feature WU YUE XUE is a powerful drama about trauma and the need for it to be acknowledged. Never showing violence head-on and using mainly wide shots, the narrative also draws on Malaysian literature and Cantonese opera to reflect on the origins of injustice and brutality, while also lending them a timeless dimension. With intensity and precise direction, the film pays tribute to the victims of this tragic incident by bringing its memory back to the surface, while subtly focusing on the muted pain of survivors in its more contemplative, introspective second half. (Nepheli Gambade)

V23_Nous disons révolution

NOUS DISONS RÉVOLUTION
Nicolas Klotz, Elisabeth Perceval | France 2021 | 128 min | OV w/ EN subtitles
Tuesday, October 24: 6.00 pm - Metro, Historischer Saal

With this film, a response to a Centre Pompidou commission for a short film which eventually took on the proportions of a feature, Nicolas Klotz and Elisabeth Perceval overhauled their working methods. Now installed in Normandy, they relocated their practice to the editing table, which became, in their own words, a new film set of sorts. Drawing on a vast array of footage collected over the years and organized into four chapters entitled “Races”, which take us on a journey from Brazzaville to Barcelona and São Paulo, NOUS DISONS RÉVOLUTION is a trans-historical epic dealing with slavery, exile and the sixth extinction. Starting with a loose rendition of The Red Leaves, William Faulkner’s short story about a slave who flees after his master’s death requires he be buried beside him, the film is a poetic celebration of the forms of life invented in the cracks of colonialism, as well as a tribute to cinema itself, each akin to an original fire and a desire to remain ungovernable. As discreet wonders and near-fantastical creatures appear, words borrowed from Paul B. Preciado’s Un appartement sur Uranus resonate in the face of neo-liberal doctrine: “They say crisis. We say Revolution.” (Antoine Thirion)

SOME OF OUR GUESTS TODAY

Bonello Bertrand
Bertrand Bonello

Bertrand Bonello
Director of  LA BÊTE

Fabrice Aragno
Editor of FILM ANNONCE DU FILM "DROLES DE GUERRES"

Gerald Kargl
Director of ANGST

Hitoshi Omika
Actor in AKU WA SONZAI SHINAI

Yoshio Kitagawa
Camera in AKU WA SONZAI SHINAI

Chong Keat Aun
Director of WU YUE XUE

Burak Çevik
Director of  UNUTMA BIÇIMLERI

TIP: THE MONOGRAPHY NARCISA HIRSCH - WITHOUT NOSTALGIA OPENS TODAY

Narcisa Hirsch

Narcisa Hirsch is the grande dame of Argentine experimental film. Today, many younger filmmakers in her home country, with whom the 95-year-old maintains an active exchange, consider her work to be a point of reference. Hirsch was born Narcisa Heuser in Berlin in 1928, the daughter of a German-Argentinean mother and the expressionist painter Heinrich Heuser. In 1937, she immigrated to Argentina with her mother via Vienna. Hirsch’s first artistic steps were taken as a painter, and in the 1960s she began organizing art happenings with like-minded people. Early films of those years are documents of corresponding art campaigns. The “classic” phase of her experimental cinematic work on 8 mm and 16 mm film material occurred between the 1970s and the 1990s. Thematically, her films often deal with women, bodies, death, but also with the very personal cinematic appropriation of landscapes. Hirsch is still active today; her most recent films explore the mysteries of the universe.
Curated by Cecilia Barrionuevo.
Tickets & info here.

WAS PASSIERT HEUTE IN DER VIENNALE CAMPARI LOUNGE?

Party: FILMMAKERS AT THE TURNTABLES
Sudabeh MortezaiLilith Stangenberg and Ted Fendt – Filmmakers of this year's Viennale let us participate in their musical inspirations. From curated playlists to polished DJ sets, anything is possible.
From 8 pm - Free Entry!

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Hochkomische Parade der schrulligen Typen
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