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The 51st Viennale bets on prestige

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- The greatest international festival in Austria begins tonight with the screening of the Coen Brothers’ latest film

The 51st Viennale bets on prestige
Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis

With 300 films and over 150 renowned guests, the Viennale starts its second half century in style. The 51st edition of the event (October 24 – November 6) will open tonight with the screening of the new film by the Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis, Grand Prix of the jury in Cannes.

Other films from Cannes are on the programme, including French (co)productions such as the big winner Blue is the Warmest Colour [+see also:
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interview: Abdellatif Kechiche
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by Abdellatif Kechiche, The Past [+see also:
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by Asghar Farhadi, Young and Beautiful [+see also:
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interview: François Ozon
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by François Ozon, Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian) [+see also:
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interview: Arnaud Desplechin
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by Arnaud Desplechin, Grisgris [+see also:
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by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, and Michael Kohlhaas [+see also:
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interview: Arnaud des Pallières
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with Mads Mikkelsen, which will be presented in Vienna by its director Arnaud des Pallières. Sensations from other sections from Cannes will also be presented by their directors in the Austrian capital: Stranger by the Lake [+see also:
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interview: Alain Guiraudie
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by Alain Guiraudie, Grand Central [+see also:
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interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
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by Rebecca Zlotowski, and Tip Top [+see also:
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interview: Serge Bozon
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by Serge Bozon. Vienna also picked up titles from Berlin and Venice, notably Pardé by Jafar Panahi, Camille Claudel 1945 [+see also:
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interview: Bruno Dumont
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byBruno Dumont, Gold by Thomas Arslan, Love Battles [+see also:
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by Jacques Doillon, the Golden Lion winner Sacro Gra [+see also:
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interview: Gianfranco Rosi
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byGianfranco Rosi, Gerontophilia by Bruce LaBruce and Locke [+see also:
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by Steven Knight, which, except for the first two, will all be screened in the presence of the directors.

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Catalan director Albert Serra will also be in Vienna to present this year’s Locarno winner, Story of my Death [+see also:
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interview: Albert Serra
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. Mira Fornay will accompany the laureate from Rotterdam, selected for Karlovy Vary and chosen to represent Slovakia for the Oscars: My Dog Killer [+see also:
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. The guest lists furthermore includes Joshua Oppenheimer (the filmmaker behind the gripping Danish-English-Norwegian documentary The Act of Killing [+see also:
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) and Portuguese director Joaquim Pinto (who explores his own autobiography in What Now? Remind Me [+see also:
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).

Also on the programme: Blue Jasmine byWoody Allen, Historic Centre [+see also:
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by Aki Kaurismäki, Pedro Costa, Victor Erice and Manoel de Oliveira, and October November [+see also:
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by Austrian director Götz Spielmann (nominated for the Oscars in 2009 for Revanche [+see also:
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).

Amongst the special sections, it is worth mentioning the ethnographic programme, the selection "The Raw and the Boiled", the focus on Filipino filmmaker John Torres, and the two-part event on two great cinematographic sagas by Jacques Rivette (Out 1 – Noli me tangere, 769 minutes, accompanied by cult actor Jean-Pierre Léaud) and Louis Feuillade (Tih-Minh, episodes 1 to 12). Vienna also pays tribute to Spanish filmmaker Gonzalo Garcia-Pelayo who, in between his musical productions, radio shows, games of chance and corridas, also directed five films, all on the programme. Finally, Jerry Lewis’ fans will be able to rediscover his work through a vast retrospective.

(Translated from French)

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