"In Linz the film festival Crossing Europe shows the diversity of European filmmaking and has made itself indispensable in
the dialogue of close but alien worlds."
CROSSING EUROPE Filmfestival Linz presents in its third edition from 25th to 30th April 2006 films of a young generation of directors and an eccentric “auteur” cinema from Europe - whereby the concept of Europe is a broader one. The selection made by festival director Christine Dollhofer this year comprises 160 films from 27 countries, which can be seen in around 100 programmes at the established festival venues O.K Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Moviemento, City-Kino and Kapu.
The tribute is dedicated to the Finnish documentary filmmakers Susanna Helke & Virpi Suutari, who have been working together for 15 years. The Special Work Worlds, which is also Finnish, offers a selection of documentary films on the subject of "corporate policy". With the Austrian Screenings, CROSSING EUROPE 2006 fulfils a frequently expressed wish of international guests: cinema screenings and a video library with new Austrian films, including the cinema premiere of Mozart Minute, designed by 28 Austrian directors. Further Austrian works can be discovered in the Local Artists program, in which film and video artists from Upper Austria show their latest productions.
One focus is on three films by Thomas Heise, a film and theatre director born in East Berlin in 1955 and born in cooperation with KINOREAL and the Austrian Film Museum. He was a student at the GDR Academy of Film and Television and was a member and director of the Berlin Ensemble until 1997.
As far as the third edition of a festival is concerned, CROSSING EUROPE traditionally offers its own programme focus at the KAPU culturalcentre with current documentary films from the universe of music, youth and subcultures.
This year's Artist in Residence of the O.K Center for Contemporary Art in the context of CROSSING EUROPE and in cooperation
with the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is the Russian artist Viktor Alimpiev, whose oeuvre has its roots in
painting, theatre and film (and above all in Russian film of the 1960s and 1970s).