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RELEASES Austria

Little secrets, major projects, songs and warring brothers

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An enticing selection of European titles are hitting Austrian screens today, including local co-production Little Secrets [+see also:
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, produced by Red Lion (Luxembourg) and Vienna-based Amour Fou. Directed by Pol Cruchten, the film is released by Polyfilm under the title Kleine Geheimnisse (German translation of its international title Little Secrets). The feature had a successful avant-première in Vienna on Tuesday.

Little Secrets is an adaptation by Viviane Thill and François Dupeyron of Jhemp Hoscheit’s popular autobiographical novel. The film stars (with performances entirely in Luxembourgish) the writer’s son as young tear-away Norbi, André Jung as his father, and veteran Luxembourg actor Thierry Van Werveke, who is currently the subject of a biographical documentary (see news).

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The feature explores Luxembourg in 1962, a country still in fear, haunted by memories of the war and anxious about the Cuban missile crisis. The story is told from the perspective of the young hero, who is investigating his father’s past.

Polyfilm are also launching Christoph Schaub’s documentary Bird's Nest. This Swiss film traces the journey of renowned architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, as they travel to China, where they have been called upon to construct the Olympic Games stadium, among other major projects.

Filmladen are releasing Martin Walz’s German title Melodies of Spring [+see also:
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, which is not, as the director is keen to point out, a musical comedy but a romantic comedy set to music. The film was produced by Berlin-based X Filme Creative Pool.

The line-up includes two other major European films: Italian director Daniele Luchetti’s acclaimed My Brother Is an Only Child [+see also:
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, starring Elio Germano and Riccardo Scamarcio as two brothers with diametrically opposed political views (distributed by Filmladen); and Woody Allen’s penultimate film, Cassandra’s Dreams [+see also:
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(UK/US/French co-production), starring Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell as two brothers who find themselves on the same slippery slope (distributed by Constantin Film).

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(Translated from French)

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