50 years of Viennale – Vienna’s International Film Festival celebrates its anniversary
Austria’s most important and oldest international film event celebrates its 50th anniversary this year of 2012. Founded in 1960, the Viennale has been showing 49 editions, presenting special and unique movies from Austria and the globe. This year the festival takes place for the 50th time, starting today until November 7.
2012 seems to be the year of anniversaries in Vienna – The famous painter Gustav Klimt would be celebrating his 150th birthday, the Austrian Empress Elisabeth ‘Sisi’ would have turned 175 years and the Viennale turns 50 and is celebrating its golden jubilee.
Over the years the film festival turned into a cultural highlight for film enthusiasts, showing national and international screenings and documentaries, some of them celebrating their premiere in Austria. Also short films, experimental works and crossover films belong to the program.
Famous and well-known guests visiting the Film Festival in Vienna this year are Oscar prize-winner Michael Caine, rock legend Patti Smith and the Austrian actor/director Klaus Maria Brandauer.An homage is dedicated to Michael Caine and the retrospective shows creations of the famous filmmaker Fritz Lang. Another special eerie shows horror films such as ‘Alien’ (Ridley Scott) or ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ (Tobe Hooper).During the 50th Viennale there are, of course, not only film screenings taking place. Popular events and parties round over the diversifying program.