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FESTIVALS Austria

Linz: Capital of lively European cinema

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The Austrian city of Linz (European Capital of Culture 2009) will host the 4th Crossing Europe Festival from April 24-29.

This year’s edition offers audiences 120 films from 29 countries, which are considered by organisers as belonging to a young, lively and daring auteur cinema – a concept that the festival has been defending since its inception.

Three films will screen on opening night: two Austrian titles, Markus Kaiser-Mühlecker's musical documentary Attwenger Adventure and Marcus J. Carney's The End of the Neubacher Project, as well as August Days by Catalan director Marc Recha, to whom the festival will hold a tribute.

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The two main festival sections are the European competition, in which 12 features will compete (11 of which are first films), and the Panorama Europe section (18 films).

Competitors in the fourth edition include two titles presented in Venice Days 2006 – Jean-Pascal Hattu's 7 Years [+see also:
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(see news) and Marina Spada's As the Shadow (see news) – as well as acclaimed UK productions Red Road [+see also:
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by Andrea Arnold and London to Brighton [+see also:
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by Paul Andrew Williams; Joachim Trier's Norwegian title Reprise [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Trier
interview: Karin Julsrud
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; Portuguese director Hugo Vieira da Silva’s multiple award-winning Body Rice [+see also:
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(see news); and Hungarian helmer Ágnes Kocsis' Fresh Air [+see also:
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Additional festival events include a section dedicated to young local talents, a selection of European animated films, a section devoted to the theme of work entitled "Working Worlds", and an impressive range of parallel events, including a musical celebration of modern youth culture.

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(Translated from French)

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