For the first time the VIENNALE hosts a YOUNG CRITICS' CIRCLE. A group of young, international film critics are working under the editorial and organisational guidance of author and film critic Patrick Holzapfel on a number of texts dealing with the programme of this year's festival. This initiative is related to our commitment regarding the perception and discussion of film criticism in its permanent state of crisis.
The theme of the workshop, which is already underway, is essayistic film criticism. The aim is to produce texts that find subjective, free but also informed approaches to contemporary cinema. The texts will be published in the days before the festival begins on our website. Together with "Jugend ohne Film", a zine will be produced that will publish these texts and some additional content. The issues will be handed out during the VIENNALE.
The group already meets online every fortnight and discusses various aspects of writing texts about films based on selected film-critical essays. During the festival, the participants will be our guests for a few days. In meetings organised especially for them, they will get the chance to converse with selected professional film critics.
The participants are:
Victor Morozov – Currently working as a postgraduate researcher within the Film Department of Trinity College Dublin. Extensive writings on film, both in academic journals (Revista Transilvania) and in the French and Romanian general press (Cahiers du cinéma, Revue Débordements, Revista VATRA, Observator Cultural, Ziarul Metropolis, Acoperisul de Sticla, etc.). Activating as the weekly film columnist of Dilema Veche and Scena9 Romanian cultural magazines for the past five and three years, respectively.
Ariadna Solera Centeno is a filmmaker and writer from Barcelona. She graduated in Cinematography from Escuela de Cine Bande à Part, specialising in direction and production roles. She's half of Spanish podcast Sombras Extravagantes, on avant-garde cinema. She is currently working in cultural affairs at CCCB's film program XCÈNTRIC, while she's finishing her degree in Humanities from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and developing an online dissemination project on history of cinema.
Luise Mörke writes reviews, essays, and short fiction for various German and Anglophone publications. She recently completed an MA in art history at Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, and is now a graduate student at Harvard's Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies.
Laura Staab completed a doctorate at King’s College London in Spring 2022, with a thesis on Hélène Cixous, art cinema and experimental film. She has written on these topics and others for Another Gaze, MUBI Notebook, RE:VOIR and Sight & Sound.