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Crossing Europe: 160 auteur films to cross the continent

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- The 12th edition of the Linz gathering, the second-largest international film festival in Austria, will take place from 23-28 April

Crossing Europe: 160 auteur films to cross the continent
Between 10 and 12 by Peter Hoogendoorn

After 11 years of embracing arthouse cinema and shining a spotlight on young filmmakers from all over Europe, the Crossing Europe Film Festival will celebrate its 12th edition in the Austrian city of Linz from 23-28 April. The gathering will present no fewer than 160 features, documentaries and short films, including 109 premieres (42 of which will be world premieres). Again this year, one of the festival’s praiseworthy intentions is that of concentrating on movies from so-called “low-capacity countries” – ie, nations with a smaller and underdeveloped film industry – as well as productions that are unable to find room on the regular theatrical circuit despite their international festival success.

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A good example of this can be found in the films selected in both competition sections – Fiction and Documentary. The first one will welcome Stefan Butzmühlen’s Radiant Sea [+see also:
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, Peter Hoogendoorn’s Between 10 and 12 [+see also:
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, Salome Alexi’s Line of Credit [+see also:
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, Ana Lungu’s Self-Portrait of a Dutiful Daughter [+see also:
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, Ivan Ikic’s Barbarians [+see also:
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and Sergi Pérez’s The Long Way Home [+see also:
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, as well as Simon Jaquemet’s Max Ophüls Prize winner, Chrieg [+see also:
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, Joanna Coates’ Edinburgh winner, Hide and Seek [+see also:
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, Anatol Durbală’s Warsaw-awarded What a Wonderful World [+see also:
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, and Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s San Sebastián-awarded The Lesson [+see also:
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. In the meantime, another group of fresh, young talents will be competing in the second section, with titles such as Vladimir Tomic’s Flotel Europa [+see also:
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, Eric Baudelaire’s Letters to Max [+see also:
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and Iva Radivojevic’s Evaporating Borders [+see also:
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, among others. 

Crossing Europe will also unspool an impressive number of sidebar sections: among these, the European Panorama section really stands out, with its colourful selection of the most recent productions from the continent – from fiction works by established filmmakers (Cédric Kahn’s Wild Life [+see also:
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) and promising new directors (Syllas TzoumerkasA Blast [+see also:
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) to cutting-edge documentaries (Michael Madsen’s The Visit [+see also:
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). A Special Panorama on socio-political issues, a tribute to Sergei Loznitsa, and sections devoted to works by European newcomers and local filmmakers round off the programme of the festival.

The event, directed by Christine Dollhofer, welcomed about 20,000 visitors last year and is aiming to gain even more ground with this year’s edition, remaining true to its initial ideas. You can click here for more information on the programme.

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