Mozart Film Balls

Have a great viewing experience in the middle of the sultry summer and try the film titbits made by the most intriguing contemporary Austrian directors. In the cool shade of a tall tree and the giant of world music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, stream the film collage THE MOZART MINUTE in the week from July 25 to 31 for free!

The year 2006 saw Austria’s capital turn into a place of continuous celebrations paying tribute to globally renowned music genius and Austrian native Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Exactly 10 years ago, 250 years have passed since the birth of the extraordinary as well as controversial composer (born January 27, 1756) to whom Vienna consecrated the Vienna Mozart Year 2006. On the occasion of the commemorative project, artistic director Peter Marboe asked 28 contemporary Austrian directors to make a one-minute film miniature inspired by Mozart. That gave rise to the 30-minute film THE MOZART MINUTE co-produced by Marboe.

The collage of one-minute film scenes, which received a world premiere at IFF Rotterdam, mediates a variety of creative approaches found in Austrian cinema. The viewers will meet the deep-rooted local experimental tradition, critical social observation, animated film as well as feature film. All of the films share one aspect though; despite the demanding requirement of expressing themselves within the limit of 60 seconds, the creative miniatures retain their original cinematic character.

World-known experimental artist Peter Tscherkassky does not deny his passion for exploring the film medium even in a one-minute assignment. To learn more about the director’s approach to filmmaking for free, watch his master class and extend his Mozart minute by a few more hours of his online retrospective. The minute by Michael Glawogger, on the contrary, takes a socially critical perspective, as he uses the 60 seconds to observe the globalized society and travels from Mozart’s beloved Prague to remote Thailand. Provocative Ulrich Seidl lives up to his reputation, visually mediating moments of sexual satisfaction on the backdrop of the opera Zaidé, while Siegfried A. Fruhauf, absorbed in experimental film, deconstructs Mozart’s portrait into a play with geometric morphology.

Watch the cinematic MOZART MINUTE made by leading Austrian directors – Anja Salomonowitz, Peter Tscherkassky, Michael Glawogger, Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Ruth Beckermann, Michael Palm and Ulrich Seidl among others – in the last week of July at for free!

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