285 screenings. 81 retro-screenings. 289 films. 78 guests. 540 accredited journalists. 1 Bonus Track Day. An audience of 81,600.
«Every film festival, no matter how well run, usually has a few problems. But in my three years attending the VIENNALE International Film Festival, I still haven’t found any problems at this one – of the dozens of domestic and international fests I’ve been lucky enough to attend, this one tops my list. The VIENNALE is the kind of event tha can erase your cynicism about film festivals an renew your passion for cinema.» (IndieWIRE.com)
A number of world and international premieres took place during the VIENNALE 2004, including:
"13 Lakes" by James Benning, "Fei-Zao-Ju" ('Soap Opera') by Wu Ershan, "Williamsburg, Brooklyn" by Jonas Mekas, "Nicht Ohne Risiko" by Harun Farocki, "Hakoah Lischot" ('Watermarks') by Yaron Zilberman, "Everyone Their Grain Of Sand" by Beth Bird und "Trona" by David Fenster.
TRIBUTES & SPECIAL PROGRAMS
The Tributes of the Viennale 2004 were dedicated to the Special Guest Star LAUREN BACALL and to AMOS VOGEL. The Special Programs were dedicated to the japanese director KOREEDA HIROKAZU, the french film-maker JEAN-PIERRE GORIN and the hungarian director PAUL FEJOS.
RETROSPECTIVE - The Grapes of Wrath and Tenderness
The films of Straub/Huillet have long been an important part of the Viennale’s program, and this year the Viennale presented a retrospective in cooperation with the Filmmuseum.
At the invitation of the Viennale Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub have put together a selection of this great director’s work, drawing on their personal experience and years of watching Ford’s oeuvre closely.
The Viennale Zentrale on the top floor of the Urania has proved a perfect festival meeting point. Several discussions, audience talks, Jean-Pierre Gorin’s 'Working Class' lectures, parties and other events took place.
'Gonzales' who opened the Viennale with a great performance was the first to attract a great audience. Also, the series of Filmmakers at the Turntables and the 'Von Spar' + DJ Thomas (MiniMonsters of spex) concert were big highlights for our loyal Viennale community.