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Vienna Film Festival

October 22-November 5, 2015

Vienna, Austria

What’s It All About?

In its 53rd edition, Austria’s most important international film event, Vienna Film Festival (V’15), will comprise 150 feature films, 140 retrospectives, 85 documentaries and 48 short films. The festival will offer leading filmmakers a chance to showcase their work in one of Europe’s most picturesque cities.

The festival features a collection of new films from all over the world including national and international premieres. Apart from new feature films, the festival also focuses on the experimental films and crossover productions. The Viennale receives regular international acclaim for the large-scale retrospective on relevant aspects of film history.

The programme of the festival includes galas, special events and celebrations, as well as discussions and meetings between international guests and local visitors. It concludes with the awarding of FIPRESCI Prize of the International Film Critics’ Association and the Vienna Film Prize of the City of Vienna.

Indian Connect

This year, V’15 has shortlisted Neeraj Ghaywan’s drama film Masaan for screening in its Feature Film section. The plot, set in Varanasi, revolves around four lives and their struggle to seek a better future, while remaining stuck between the demands of modern life and an attachment to tradition. The film has already been part of several international film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival and Busan International Film Festival. The film has also been the recipient of the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize in the Un Certain Regard section and a ‘Promising Future’ prize (Prix de l’avenir) for debut films at Cannes.

Watch Out For

Opening Film

Carol

The festival will open with Todd Haynes’ upcoming film Carol featuring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Sarah Paulson. Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, it is a study on gender relations and class relations in America in the early ‘50s. Set in New York, the film tells the story between Carol (Cate Blanchett), a high society woman, and a young department store clerk Therese (Rooney Mara). Therese, who dreams of a better life, falls for married Carol, developing a fast bond that becomes a love with complicated consequences.

Feature Films

Anomalisa

A Perception

Dheepan

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl

Masaan

Le Masque De San

The Tramp

Valley Of Love

Xiu Chun Dao

Retrospectives

Bambi

Babe: Pig In The City

India Matri Bhumi

King Kong

Leviathan

Moby Dick

Planet Of The Apes

Viva La Baleine

Documentaries

Dreamcatcher

Les Forêts Sombres

Il Gesto Delle Mani

Hotline

Wan Yu Shi De Ren

Welcome To Leith

The Wolfpack

Short Films

Blood Below The Skin

Bruce Takes Dragon Town

Buffalo Juggalos

Capital Cuba

Color Neutral

Closing Film

Anomalisa

Based on a 2005 play written by Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa is an American stop-motion animated drama film directed by Kaufman and Duke Johnson. The film revolves around David Thewlis (Michael Stone), an author of books on the subject of customer service, who struggles with his inability to connect with people. One night, while on a routine business trip, he meets a stranger who changes his world view. The film also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lisa (voice) and Tom Noonan as various characters (voice).

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