For the 15th time, Ö1 and Viennale are organizing the Breakfast Films. Film-loving early risers have twice the opportunity to go to the cinema in the morning and to enjoy a movie and a free breakfast!
Tue, October 30, 6.30 am (MORNING!!!), Gartenbaukino
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Mexico/USA 2018, 135 min, DCP, OV with English subtitles
Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Marco Graf
Mexico City, 1970. An airplane crosses the sky while Cleo, a woman of Mixtec origin, cleans the floor of a house in the neighborhood of La Roma that belongs to an upper middle class family going through an inadvertent process of dissolution. Returning to his native country, Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón partially abandons big productions for what begins as an intimate narrative that slowly transforms itself into a cathartic melodrama. Cleo, a domestic worker, and Sofía, the recently abandoned family matriarch, find out how their lives have much in common. Especially as their intimate universe is transformed and altered by both personal motives and an invasive social narrative that transits, without restraint and doubt, through their lives. Framed during the convulsive times of repressive state violence after the Halconazo – a historical student demonstration massacre –, Cuarón uses his magnanimous black-and-white 65mm perspective to show us a Mexico of contrasts, of clashes and confluences, of streets and scenarios that clearly denote the abysmal distances between social classes. But he does not forget to address the fragile internal beings of these characters who, in their multifaceted humanity, for better or for worse, find their convergence. (Pedro Segura Bernal)
Tue, November 6, 6.30 am (MORNING!!!), Gartenbaukino
Director: Brady Corbet
USA 2018, 110 min, DCP, OV
Cast: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy
Vox lux begins with a scene of absolute devastation. A gunman massacres many of his classmates in an American high school. A sequence as shocking as anything in Gus Van Sant’s Elephant. After this bloody overture, the movie turns into a satirical, macabre version of A Star Is Born. Austrian audiences may be intrigued to discover this most American of films was inspired by Robert Musil’s “The Man Without Qualities”. “It’s about a character who is on the periphery of major events during the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire,” Corbet reflected of the links between the modernist Austrian novelist’s book and his movie after the film’s premiere. Bizarrely, the character in Vox Lux always there at the most seismic moments is Celeste, a pop star. Played by Cassidy/ Portman, she is a survivor of the high school shooting who becomes the nation’s darling. Corbet is a true auteur with a very distinctive storytelling style. His first film took an oblique approach to fascism, showing how a boy develops the character tendencies that turn him into a Hitler-like fiend. In Vox Lux Corbet portrays pop stardom with a cold, anthropological eye, showing precisely how Celeste becomes so cut off from the outside world that she can no longer maintain ordinary relationships with those closest to her. (Geoffrey Macnab)
Coffee and breakfast from 5:30 pm!
Tickets are available as from October 20, 10 pm at pre-selling offices, at the festival cinemas, via telephone and online on www.viennale.at.