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Austrian American Short Film Festival 3


Location: Bartos Screening Room

Presented in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York

The third edition of the Austrian American Short Film Festival featuring artistically ambitious works by promising young artists and filmmakers from Austria and the United States took place in March 2018 in New York City. The festival aims to introduce emerging new talent to audiences in both countries. This program presents the award-winning films that were selected by a jury made up of Austrian filmmaker and artist Barbara Albert, and American filmmaker Anne Goursaud and living legend, Marcia Nasatir. (The festival curator is Stephanie Falkeis, who founded the AASFF together with ACFNY Director Christine Moser. Special thanks to Arianna Kronrief, Austrian Cultural Forum New York.)

Program duration: 72 mins. Digital projection.

Fucking Drama (Dir. Michael Podogil, 17 mins, Film Academy Vienna) A young couple in love experiences an evening of theater that changes their lives dramatically. A brutal confrontation with the zeitgeist. Best Narrative (Austria)

Lethe (Dir. Dea Kulumbegashvili, 15 mins, Columbia University) A lonely horseman wanders past the river of forgetfulness and through a rural Georgian village where both children and adults explore life’s more instinctual pleasures. Best Narrative (U.S.)

Tripoli, Lebanon (Dir. Julia Schmidt, 13 mins. University of Applied Arts Vienna) War changes. War makes us forget. But time lets us rediscover. In Tripoli, Lebanon a dome, meant to be an experimental theatre remains unfinished since the outbreak of the civil war in 1975. A forgotten place with a magic echo which is rediscovered by music and children. Best Narrative (Austria)

Viva Coco! (Dir. Rocío Olivares, 11 mins, Columbia University) This video’s footage was taken from Chanel’s fashion show in La Habana, Cuba, in 2016. Making this video was an effort to re-appropriate and subvert this fantasy manufactured by Chanel, which re-narrates through the pieces shown at the fashion show, Cuba’s recent history in Chanel’s own terms. Best Experimental (U.S.)

Beatriz’s House (Dir. Suzanne Andrews Correa, 16 mins, Columbia University) When a bitter separation threatens to strip Beatriz of everything she holds dear, she recruits Isabel, her live-in housekeeper of 30 years, to help her in a desperate attempt to preserve her way of life. Best Female Director/Story

Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online(Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)

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