"In a time of rapid upheaval, the young Linz film festival "Crossing Europe" from 26 April to 1 May this year will once again try to take a look at the different realities of life in Europe as unveiled and up-to-date as possible. [...] Films are presented which, despite international festival successes, only rarely find their way into Austrian cinemas."
Kurier Oberösterreich Ausgabe
CROSSING EUROPE 2005 will present 150 films from 30 countries at the O.K Centrum für Gegenwartskunst (festival centre), Moviemento, City Cinema and Kapu venues from 26 April to 1 May during six festival days. Festival director Christine Dollhofer has put together a selection of young, innovative and multi-faceted European filmmaking which, despite international festival successes, all too rarely finds its way into Austrian cinemas. There is a wealth of Austrian premieres to be discovered above all in the European Cinema Competition, endowed with 10,000 euros, and in the European Panorama. This year, special attention will be paid to stories about young people and their realities in different cultural contexts. This year's festival tribute is dedicated to the Slovenian-German artist couple Maja Weiss and Peter Braatz (alias Harry Rag) from Ljubljana.
The special Working Worlds, entitled "Invisible Opponents", examines the working methods of capital and its representation in film. Artist in Residence is the German artist Corinna Schnitt, who in her photographic, film and video works affectionately and ironically deals with the orders of everyday life. CROSSING EUROPE presents all of Schnitt's previous film works and, in cooperation with the O.K Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, the exhibition “Prima Leben/Wonderful Life”, conceived by the artist for the festival. In the Local Artists program, the festival presents a selection of current film and video works by Upper Austrian filmmakers - including several music videos.