Austria’s biggest film festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and offers film highlights from around the world from 25 October to 7 November.
Oscar prize-winner Michael Caine and former Viennale director Werner Herzog are expected to attend as guests of honor.
Actor Michael Caine Michael Caine in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (director: Frank Oz, USA 1988)
Every year, the Viennale brings current feature and documentary films to Vienna, which would otherwise not be screened in the country's cinemas. This year, on the 50th anniversary, there is a particularly large number of them: in 14 days, around 300 selected feature, documentary and short films will be shown. Also included are worthwhile commercial works from the USA such as "Rampart" with Woody Harrelson, "Killer Joe" with Matthew McConaughey or "Dark Horse" with Christopher Walken. A number of cinematic pearls from Portugal are also waiting to be discovered this year, including by director Miguel Gomes. A small special shows works by the unknown Portuguese film-maker Manuel Mozos. Contributions from Austria are also represented, including Ulrich Seidl's film "Paradies: Liebe" (Paradise: Love), which caused a sensation in Cannes.
An homage is dedicated to the Oscar prize-winner Michael Caine, who himself will grace the Viennale as a guest. A retrospective at the Film Museum shows the film creations of Fritz Lang. The Viennese-born director created masterpieces such as "Metropolis", "M" and the Dr. Mabuse films, in addition to many unknown works. Another special is dedicated to the eerie, and shows well-known horror films such as "Alien" (Ridley Scott), "The Hills Have Eyes" (Wes Craven) and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (Tobe Hooper).
As always, the Viennale is a showcase for popular parties and premieres. Most of these take place in the festival headquarters, which this year are located in the temporarily vacant corporate headquarters of Austrian Post in the 1st district (Postgasse 8/Dominikanerbastei 11).
25 October - 7 November 2012
Various cinemas in Vienna
The complete Viennale program can be downloaded online from 16 October:
Advance sales from 20 October 2012