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Local Artists

A total of 150 works were entered for this program section. For this year’s festival edition, 58 productions were selected, which are presented in 18 program positions – including 16 world premieres, 8 Austrian premieres and one international premiere.

Once again, the very popular LOCAL ARTISTS section offers an attractive overview of current Upper Austrian filmmaking, ranging from experimental film to socio-political documentary. This year there are also discoveries to be made among the mid-length films and in the music video field; 15 music videos are competing for the CREATIVE REGION MUSIC VIDEO Audience Award (€ 1.500,-). Further awards that will also be presented to films/videos from this section are the CROSSING EUROPE Award – Local Artist with a value of € 7.000,- (€ 5.000,- Province of Upper Austria/Culture & € 2.000,- The Grand Post-Audio & Picture Post Production) and the CROSSING EUROPE Innovative Award – Local Artist (€ 3.500,-), which is covered by the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter and goes to a work with an innovative artistic approach.

Two world premieres lead the field of this year’s LOCAL ARTISTS selection. One is the documentary film project THE EUROPEAN GRANDMA PROJECT (AT, IL, GB, IS, IT, TR, BG, GR, RU 2018) by the Linz filmmaker and actress Alenka Maly and eight further directors (Hadas Neuman, Fleur Nieddu, Anna Ólafsdóttir, Giorgia Polizzi, Berke Soyuer, Desislava Tsoneva, Maria Tzika, Ekaterina Volkova) – a harmonious panorama of European contemporary history, which is also part of the festival opening on 25 April. The other is Fiona Ruckschcio’s second part of her documentary treatment of the theme of everyday sexism, < COMMON.PLACES 2 >, which focuses on persons and their personal stories of harassment, mobbing and racism.
// Both directors additionally present installation works in the kulturtankstelle in the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter, ORAL HISTORIES: Alenka Maly (all GRANDMA portraits in full length and VERORTUNGEN: Fiona Ruckschcio (< COMMON.PLACES 1 > (AT 2000) and an additional work); 25 to 30 April, Opening: 26 April at 6:00 pm // In addition, on Monday, 23 April, at 7:30 pm, Alenka Maly is welcomed as a guest at Kepler Salon Linz and tells of the origins and development of the “Grandma Project”. // THE EUROPEAN GRANDMA PROJECT will also be shown again as part of a cooperation with the Programmkino Wels on 29 April at 8:15 pm and on 1 May at 6:30 pm. //

Two feature-length documentary films in this section are thematically strongly “rooted” in Upper Austria and deal with two prototypes in terms of founding identity: Local Artists award-winner 2014, Jakob Kubizek, traces his own socialization as a music-loving adolescent and brings the development history of the alternative cultural association Röda in Steyr to the screen (JEDEM DORF SEIN UNDERGROUND). Dominik Thaller, on the other hand, devotes his feature-length debut to the richly historical and much-beloved Linz football club Blau Weiß Linz (IMMER WIEDER GEHT DIE SONNE AUF).

Flight and integration are the themes of the two documentary films SARGIS - DAS LEBEN IST SO EINE SACHE and THE FIRST GENERATION - ZWISCHEN ÖSTERREICH UND KAMBODSCHA. In his sensitive portrait of an athlete, Stefan Langthaler documents Sargis Martiroysan’s years of “fighting” to finally be able to officially compete for Austria in weight-lifting. The documentary work by the brothers Abraham and Kemara Pol centers around five members of the Cambodian community and their fates in Austria.
With “Introducing Sarkaut Mostefa” CROSSING EUROPE presents a work by a young Kurdish Iraqi, who has now found a home in Austria. The filmmaker Sarkaut Mostefa already made short films before he fled. Thanks to the MORE program at the Art University Linz, he can now work as an artist in Austria. Three of his works are part of the festival program (REMOTE CONTROL, DU RU and XIRIS).

Represented again at CROSSING EUROPE is also the director Bernhard Sallmann, originally from Upper Austria, now based in Berlin. Last year he presented the first part of his Fontane tetalogy with Oderland.Fontane and was distinguished for it with the LOCAL ARTIST Award. Now he returns with the international premiere of the second part, RHINLAND. FONTANE, of his experimental documentary film project. Here again he has created a montage of literary quotations with authentic, static location and landscape shots. In her first feature-length documentary film KEIN HALBES LEBEN Sybille Bauer focuses intently on the relationship between humans and animals, or more precisely between human and dog, and the potential in this for consolation in the face of loss.
// KEIN HALBES LEBEN will be shown again in conjunction with the cooperation with the Programmkino Wels on 30 April at 8:15 pm and on 2 May at 6:15 pm. //

With the short and mid-length works, the audience can expect a multifaceted survey with two “mixed” short film programs, which are distinguished by a diversity of genres, themes and styles – the filmmakers include past award-winners such as Remo Rauscher, Leni Gruber and Maria Czernohorszky. The program LOCAL ARTISTS – DOCUMENTARY comprises new works, among others by Violette Wakolbinger and Herwig Kerschner, Thomas Draschan, Reinhold Bidner and the award-winners Gerhard Treml and Leo Calice.

In the experimental field the audience can look forward to high-quality experimental filmmaking: filmmakers include the master Dietmar Brehm (29 PUNKTE PROGRAMM), Karin Fisslthaler (ALICE REMIXED), Siegfried A. Fruhauf with PHANTOM RIDE PHANTOM as well as Conny Zenk and Tanja Brüggemann (REGLOS). A special highlight in this context will certainly be the screening of selected LOCAL ARTISTS experimental films in DEEP SPACE 8K in the Ars Electronica Center (29 April, 3:00 pm) with wall and floor projections – physical cinema in the truest sense.

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