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Week of Austrian Cinema

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Week of Austrian Cinema

In four cities of Ukraine – Kiev, Chernivtsi, Kharkov and Odessa – is being organised in March and April the Week of Austrian Cinema, which for the fourth time already tends to present the most expressive and representative titles of the recent years. The festival organizers are Austrian Cultural Forum and Raiffeisen Bank.

In Chernivtsi the event started on 20th March in the local Centre of Culture and Art Literatur Cafe – well-known coffee house in the very heart of the city –  in cooperation with newly opened Honorary Consulate of Austria. The showing was held in a rather cosy atmosphere, gathering together a few to over a dozen people. All the takers could ask for a glass of wine, cup of coffee or even have a bite to eat on the spot.

The main goal of the event is to promote the contemporary Austrian cinematography in Ukraine by bringing some selected peculiar pictures closer to the citizens of the country. This year the organizers have planned to screen the following titles: Amour fou, Goodnight mommy (Ich seh, ich seh), Women are like that (Cosi fan tutte), Cracks in concrete (Risse im Beton). The viewers also have the possibility to see the best short films from Festival Ars Electronica 2014. The festival takes place every year in Linz in Austria and presents the art of contemporary visual technology. 

The selected pictures belong to different film genres, ie. romantic comedy, thriller, drama or opera. Particularly worth recommending is the film Women are like that – a modern interpretation of W. A. Mozart's opera Così fan tutte – which became a hit at the Salzburg Festival in 2011. The field of tension that comes out there between love and passion, faithfulness and betrayal, intensifies only the intricate intrigue aiming to prove women's infidelity. People fascinated with the German language and German literature should be pleased about the film portraying the tragic life and love of the German writer and poet of Weimar Classicism and Romanticism – Heinrich von Kleist.

An undoubted surprise to the audience in Chernivtsi was the projection of The White Ribbon (Das weiße Band) by Michael Hanekeis. The black and white drama film was awarded a plenty of times on numerous festivals, ie. Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film at European Film Awards or BBC Four World Cinema Award. It's said to be a moral painting of the Protestant society just before the outbreak of World War I, darkly depicting the hierarchy, authority, uncompromising obedience and violence that determine the relationships within a family and a village in northern Germany.

It's also worth to mention that from 15th to 26th April inhabitants of Kiev, Odessa, Vinnitsa, Lutsk, and Kharkov will have the possibility to participate in Days of Polish Cinema and acquaint themselves with some clear examples of the Polish contemporary cinematography. The event is to be organized for the tenth time already.


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