Tag: austria

Panic Fest 2023 Review: RAZZENNEST Successfully Brings an Audio Drama to Film

Johannes Grenzfurthner wrote and directed. Michael Smulik, Anne Weiner, Roland Gratzer, and Sophie Kathleen Kozeluh star.

Now Playing, Only in Theaters: INSIDE, RIMINI

Willem Dafoe plays a trapped art thief, plus the newest from director Ulrich Seidl.

Friday One Sheet: CORSAGE

Due to the hubbub of TIFF last week, this one slipped under the radar, so I am circling back around to it now. Marie Kreutzer's fictional account of the 40th birthday of Empress Elisabeth of Austria grapples with notions of...

Tribeca 2022 Review: FAMILY DINNER Serves Up Grim Lessons

Pia Hierzegger, Michael Pink and Nina Katlein star in director Peter Hengl's horror film from Austria. Read the review; watch the trailer.

Berlinale 2022 Review: RIMINI, A Seaside Vacation By Ulrich Seidl

Michael Thomas, Tessa Göttlicher, and Hans-Michael Rehberg star in the latest work by the renowned Austrian provocateur, a signature Seidlian tragicomedy.

Review: GREAT FREEDOM, Franz Rogowski Stands Tall in Prison Drama

Directed by Sebastian Meise, the film beautifully illustrates the genuine human connection, while examining the injustices done to generations of people who were persecuted just for being who they are.

Locarno 2021 Review: LUZIFER Rising in Oedipal Horror, Veiled as Lyrical Drama of Atonement

Christian dogmas intertwine with pagan mysticism in Peter Brunner's lyrical horror on the awakening of a man-made evil.

Review: QUO VADIS, AIDA?, Searing Indictment of War From Not So Distant Past

Writer/director Jasmila Zbanica presents a powerful, harrowing film, with a stellar performance by Jasna Djuricic in the title role.

Review: 7500 Delivers a Story Unworthy of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Talents

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in director Patrick Vollrath's thriller, now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Now Streaming: GOODNIGHT MOMMY Chills to the Bone

Directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, the horror-mystery, now streaming on Shudder, stars Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz and Susanne Wuest.

Review: LITTLE JOE, Plants Are Smarter Than They Look

If I Lost My Body presents happiness as a hard-won emotion and the search for wholeness as a potentially lifelong struggle then, by comparison, Jessica Hausner’s Palme d’Or contender [at the Cannes Film Festival] Little Joe questions how far we might...

Creepy LITTLE JOE Trailer Promises Pollen Relief Via Thriller

Personally, I hate pollen. This is because I have been suffering from the effects of a pollen allergy for nearly two months, this year alone, and I have been plagued by this allergy for years. Yet now there is a...

Now on Blu-ray: HAGAZUSSA: A HEATHEN'S CURSE Threatens to Haunt Forever

Fans of slow-burning horror should check out Lukas Feigelfeld's debut feature.

Friday One Sheet: TO THE NIGHT

This striking hand-painted key art for Peter Brunner's latest, takes one of the most interesting visages, that of Caleb Landry Jones, and renders it in hand-painted abstraction, with emotion intact. Many of you are probably familiar with the hard-working actor...

Rotterdam 2017 Review: Social Satire A DECENT WOMAN Conjures Up Anarchism From A Nudistic Swinger Club

A Decent Woman marries European formalism to Latin American temperament in a social satire embracing anarchism and clothes-optional policy

Berlinale 2017 Review: WILD MOUSE, Unfortunately Tame Comedy

Josef Hader, the writer, director and lead actor of new Austrian comedy Wild Mouse, definitely has comedic pedigree. He's won best actor awards at Locarno Film Festival and written and starred in adaptations of his acclaimed play Indien back in...

THE COUNTERFEITERS Director Enters HELL With Trailer For New Serial Killer Thriller

[Updated with full trailer] Austria's Stefan Ruzowitzky took home a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for his 2007 effort The Counterfeiters and in a career already notable for taking some dark turns Ruzowitzky appears to be taking his darkest yet...

Venice 2016 Review: Ulrich Siedl's SAFARI Delivers Another Gut-Wrenching Masterpiece

A much loved Austrian auteur resumes his excellent documentary filmmaking form with his deliciously repulsive new offering, Safari. Picking up on the heightened realities he developed with In the Basement, Ulrich Seidl now follows his forever entertaining Austrian country folk on...

Austrian SciFi HIDDEN RESERVES Offers A Bleakly Beautiful Teaser

Austrian helmer Valentin Hitz offers up a satiric, dystopian view of the future in his coldly precise scifi film Hidden Reserves. Scifi in the same sense that works of speculative fiction such as Fahrenheit 451 or 1984 are - or...

Ulrich Seidl's SAFARI Teaser Arrives

One of the greatest documentary filmmakers on the planet, Austria's Ulrich Seidl has built a loyal following around the world thanks to his ability to approach frequently difficult - and often very odd - subject matter with a curious, non-judgemental...