12 days, 305 screenings and a new audience record: we are looking back to an eventful festival with great films, interesting guests and exciting supporting programs…
All in all, 86,200 film enthusiasts were visiting the Viennale's 5 festival cinemas. Besides some guaranteed box office hits, like the opening film “Matchpoint” by Woody Allen, Miranda July’s “Me And You And Everyone We Know”, which even managed to fill a breakfast screening at 6.30 in the morning, or the new work by the Dardenne brothers “L’Enfant”, and the extraordinary 11-hour Philippine family chronic “Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino” by Lav Diaz, a considerate number of those films which can not score with big names like Scorsese or Clooney found great response: for instance, the German-Indian documentary “Between the Lines”, Aoyama Shinji’s “Eli, eli, lema sabachthani?”, or the Moroccan film “L’enfant endormi”.
Next to the films of the main program, the Special Programs to the Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa, the Chinese silent film diva Ruan Lingyu, the proletarian cinema and ORF 3, as well as the Tributes to Buenos Aires and, of course, to cult actress Jane Birkin with a great selection of her films, attracted the Viennale visitors.
Accompanying the retrospective, the Viennale presented a series of lectures and discussions with the title “Why Warhol Matters”, dealing with Warhol’s film work, as well as other aspects of the great artist.