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7.3.2018: Opening Films & Closing Film

CROSSING EUROPE 2018 starts in exactly seven weeks with six selected film premieres with numerous film guests present. This year’s opening films take us from a suburb of Bucharest (Soldatii. Poveste din Ferentari) to dystopic Hungary (JUPITER HOLDJA) and into the contemporary rap scene of Sweden (SILVANA), but also to southern Italy during World War II (PIZZICATA) and into the life worlds of nine grandmothers reviewing European history of the twentieth century (THE EUROPEAN GRANDMA PROJECT). The opening films are rounded out with a leap into a parallel world, where a society is slowly recovering from a zombie invasion (THE CURED).

Between the multifaceted opening day and this year’s closing event are about 170 films from roughly 30 countries, film discussions with 140 film guests, talks, master classes, exhibitions and six Nightline nights. The 15th festival edition closes with a final highlight: the festival audience can look forward to a wholly “fresh” Berlinale title – TRANSIT, the current work by the “doyen” of the Berlin School, Christian Petzold. 

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20.2.2018: Festival Trailer, Architecture and Society & Cooperation with AEC

In 2018 Festival Director Christine Dollhofer and her team aspire again to accommodate the expectations of a professional audience and both the transregional and local cinema audience (2017: 23.000 visitors) and to open up a vibrant space for contemporary, sometimes also uncomfortable or artistically eccentric, socio-political auteur cinema from Europe.

An important pillar of the success of past festival years has been the continuously cultivated program partnerships at both a national and an international level. To represent them, today we present two cooperations with established Linz cultural institutions and the joint contents for 2018: the film series Architecture and Society – in cooperation with afo Architecture Forum Upper Austria – brings together a total of four film programs on the theme of SPACE, POWER, CONTROL, and now for the second time, CROSSING EUROPE visits the AEC-Ars Electronica Center, to present works at the intersection of film/media art.

In addition, CROSSING EUROPE is taking it up a notch in terms of festival promotion at this time of year. The CROSSING EUROPE tram (powered by Linz AG), affectionately known as the “CROSSING-bim”, is already running, and soon our festival trailer – INSIDE 521, made by Michael Wirthig – will be shown in selected program cinemas throughout Austria.

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6.2.2018: Tribute - Edoardo Winspeare & a first Opening Film

Film selection finale! Festival Director Christine Dollhofer and her team are currently setting the course for the program for the anniversary edition of the CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz, which goes into the 15th round from 25 to 30 April 2018. This year the festival still holds true to its festival credo as an independent contemporary cultural event: since 2004 CROSSING EUROPE has been devoted to the idea of a low-threshold presentation of a hand-picked selection of sophisticated European filmmaking, consisting of about 160 feature films and documentaries, and of offering the audience an opportunity for a direct exchange with the filmmakers present from all over Europe.

Following the announcement in December of this year’s Spotlight – devoted to the internationally acclaimed producer Ada Solomon from Romania – and the education program SCHOOL @ CROSSING EUROPE, today we announce further program highlights for the 15th edition of CROSSING EUROPE: this year’s Tribute guest is the Italian director Edoardo Winspeare, and with THE EUROPEAN GRANDMA PROJECT by the Upper Austrian filmmaker Alenka Maly one of the five opening premieres for the Festival Opening 2018 is already fixed.

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14.12.2017: Spotlight - Ada Solomon, School @ Crossing Europe & Call for Films

Despite the turbulence in cultural policies this fall, which has caused an uproar in the entire art & culture scene in the province of Upper Austria, including CROSSING EUROPE, in the festival office the program is progressing rapidly.
So today we present the first details of the program and call attention to the deadline for film submissions and to the announcement for an atelier in conjunction with PICTUREyourSOUNDyourPICTURE 2018: two program tracks successfully established with the last edition of the festival will also be part of the CROSSING EUROPE program plan for 2018 as well. The section SPOTLIGHT is dedicated this year to one of the most fascinating personalities of the European producer scene, namely the very active, award-winning producer Ada Solomon from Romania. The film education track SCHOOL @ CROSSING EUROPE will also be included in the program again this year. A total of three film programs will be offered during the festival in the morning for pupils of upper grades and vocational schools. Last but not least – 8 January 2018 marks the end of this year’s call for film submission, and a submission to the project call PICTUREyourSOUNDyourPICTURE 2018 is possible until 15 April 2018.

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8.11.2017: Jubiläumsausgabe & Einladung zur Filmeinreichung

In neuem grafischen Gewand und bestärkt durch eine gelungene Vorjahrsausgabe startet CROSSING EUROPE in die neue Festivalsaison. 2018 steht ein kleines Festivaljubiläum an, mit der 15. Auflage von CROSSING EUROPE soll die Erfolgsgeschichte der letzten 14 Jahre fortgeschrieben werden.
Bei der kommenden Ausgabe möchte Festivalleiterin Christine Dollhofer mit ihrer Filmauswahl erneut ein Schlaglicht auf die verschiedenen Nuancen des (Film)Kontinents Europa werfen und mit gesellschaftspolitischen Filmen und zahlreichen Filmgästen Lust auf unkonventionelles Kino aus Europa machen.

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1.5.2017: Résumé 2017

The 14th CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival ended yesterday and has been more than satisfactory. Roughly 23,000 festival visitors were counted in the past six days at 182 screenings and 16 supporting programs. Festival Director Christine Dollhofer is therefore happy to be able to announce a new visitor record.

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29.4.2017: Festival Awards 2017

The Awards Presentation of the 14th CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz took place today in the Ursulinensaal in the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter. The evening was hosted by Markus Zett, who gave a sophisticated and charismatic performance as MC for the evening. With numerous international film guests, industry representatives and the press present, as well as representatives of the funders, sponsors and from politics – including Governor Thomas Stelzer, City Councilor Doris Lang-Mayerhofer, City Councilor Gerhard Weixelbaumer, gfk manager Wiltrud Katharina Hackl, Marco Zinz (manager of The Grand Post), ray publisher Andreas Ungerböck and the Director of the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter, Martin Sturm – the CROSSING EUROPE AWARDS (money & material prizes with a value of € 28.000,-) were presented to the winners; Festival Director Christine Dollhofer’s preliminary resume of the festival is a positive one.

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12.4.2017: Festival Program 2017

In 2017 CROSSING EUROPE shifts the provincial capital city of Linz to the center of the European festival map now for the 14th time, seeking to raise enthusiasm for unconventional cinema from Europe with hand-picked current socio-political films and numerous film guests present. In the coming edition of the festival, which takes place from 25 to 30 April, the program includes 160 European feature films and documentaries.

With the present film selection CROSSING EUROPE seeks again to throw a spotlight on the various nuances of the (film) continent of Europe. With the program of the 14th festival edition, the festival offers manifold and cinephile insights into a continent with a complex history, a conflicted present, and yet a hopeful future. It is a continent often rebuked now, but one that holds so many strong narratives and offers a tremendous abundance of possibilities and perspectives with its multidimensionality. And it is exactly at this point that CROSSING EUROPE 2017 wants to come in and present this diversity of filmic forms, traditions, and themes – as an invitation to a direct engagement with European life worlds and as a cinematic declaration of love for Europe.

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15.3.2017: Opening Films, Spotlight: Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Partner Projects, Nightline & Display Window Competition

The 2017 festival opening with five hand-picked film premieres and the facade projection of the CROSSING EUROPE | Art Prize award-winners in the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter, Spotlight on the acclaimed Turkish director Yeşim Ustaoğlu, our new festival trailer SUMI, the new partner project SCHOOL @ CROSSING EUROPE, the newly launched CROSSING EUROPE film collection on the VoD platform FLIMMIT, the exciting line-up for this year’s Nightline, and the start of the GOLDEN BAG display window competition in the city center of Linz.
Finally, a little reminder: deadline for accreditation is 20 March!

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23.2.2017: Festival Trailer 2017

CROSSING EUROPE is pleased to announce that the new festival trailer SUMI (powered by Energie AG Upper Austria) has been made by the Linz-based director duo LAS GAFAS (Luzi Katamay and Christian Dietl), who have presented numerous short films and music videos over the years at CROSSING EUROPE.

Completely free in its form, SUMI – the eponymous black-brown ink – flows and crawls across the paper. Sometimes forming an animal, sometimes a human, it draws sometimes significant lines right across the grained landscape. Although without commentary, it is hauntingly amplified by the atmospheric sound by Enrique Tomás. Just like at the visual level, here analog meets digital. The deep and heavy basses accentuate the main motif, with electrically distorted string instruments highlighting the finely textured nuances in between.

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6.2.2017: Program Strand "Architecture and Society", Art Award Winners & Live Performance @ AEC

Most of the festival films have now been selected, and the first travel arrangements for our international film guests have already been booked. The cooperation partners for the coming festival are ready to go, and following the announcement of this year’s Tribute – which is dedicated to the renowned Polish artist couple Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal – further program highlights for the 14th edition of the CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz, which takes place from 25 to 30 April 2017, are announced today.

The program section ARCHITECTURE AND SOCIETY goes into the eighth round under the motto “Gender & Space”, this year’s prize winners of the OK | Art Prize of the Energie AG Upper Austria are Christoph Frey and Denise Mair, and the audiovisual live performance LAS DOS CARAS – ON THE DUALITY OF MIGRATION offers the festival audience a multimedia highlight in Deep Space 8K in AEC.

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