Patrick Holzapfel

Interview: Bogendorfer and Sedmak on INNERE BLUTUNGEN

During the Filmfest in Hamburg I had the opportunity to meet with Austrian directors Florian Sedmak and Anatol Bogendorfer and talk about their film Innere Blutungen. The film entirely consists of found footage and read-out newspaper articles showing rural life... More »

Review: INNERE BLUTUNGEN (Internal Bleeding) Is A Truthful Found Footage Exposure Of Rural Austria In The 60s

Austrian cinema just loves to look at Austria with contempt. It is not contempt as hate but contempt as patriotism, with black humor and an endless search for sick little stories about crazy people. The whole country is represented as... More »

Review: Katharian Mückstein's TALEA, a promising but not convincing look at a Mother-Daughter relationship

Having been one of Haneke's students at film school in Vienna, Katharina Mückstein chose to emancipate from her almighty teacher, quit film school and made her debut feature Talea (Italian for sprout), the story of a mother-daughter relationship that is... More »

Review: FRAGMENTS OF KUBELKA, A Great Filmmaker Cooks A Schnitzel, Never Gets Boring

Next year, the great Peter Kubelka, godfather of avant-garde cinema and co-founder of Anthology Film Archives in New York and Filmmuseum in Vienna, turns 80. Fragments of Kubelka can be understood as an early birthday present for the passionate cinema... More »

Venice 2013 Review: UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL, A Powerful Documentary That Strips Down Femen Movement

For a few years the Femen Movement in Ukraine has been trying to raise awareness for gender and feminist issues worldwide. Thanks to provocative and risky happenings, often acted out bare-breasted in public places, the press has been jumping on... More »

Venice 2013 Review: Tsai Ming-Liang's STRAY DOGS May Be One Of The Most Powerful Retirements In The History Of Cinema

If Stray Dogs really is the last movie of Tsai Ming-Liang, then it would be one of the harshest losses of modern cinema, but at the same time one of the most powerful retirements in the history of the... More »

Venice 2013 Review: THE ZERO THEOREM, A Step Back To The Future

In Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem, the old master of visual overload and absurd humor heads back to his "Brazilian" roots. He tells the story of Qohen Leth, a schizophrenic futuristic data mathematician trying to find a solution for... More »

Review: DIE WERKSTÜRMER Wants To Be A Feel Good Summer Comedy So Hard That It Hurts

Austria, a country internationally acclaimed for their feel-bad cinema, aims in the completely opposite direction with Die Werkstürmer, writer-director Andreas Schmied's attempt at a feel-good summer comedy hit in the tradition of recent European successes like Welcome to the Sticks... More »

Destroyed Faces In The Cinema Of Nicolas Winding Refn

One of the first posters for Only God Forgives shows everybody's darling Ryan Gosling with a face covered in blood. He has a black eye and seems defeated without any expression left. Gosling appears to be the opposite of what... More »

Haneke Presents New Book, Calls Directors Enjoying Their Old Films 'Retards'

During an intense evening presentation, the Filmmuseum Austria has presented a new book about Michael Haneke called "Haneke über Haneke" ("Haneke on Haneke"). The book comes out in German via Alexander Verlag. Originally published in France Haneke On Haneke is... More »

Review: THE SHINE OF DAY Explores The Borderline Between Documentary And Fiction

Normal 0 21 false false false DE X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 There is a strong tendency in Austrian cinema not only to use real locations but also to use real characters and their real background stories. With the recent success... More »
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