The 2014 Vienna International Film Festival will take place in Austria’s capital city from October 23rd to November 6th. Known as ‘Viennale’, the festival is a highlight in Vienna’s cultural calendar. The festival is held every year, and aims to present some of the most exciting film works from Austria and the around world.
The city is best known for its striking architecture and distinct classical music heritage. However, the Viennale is a well-established arts event in the city too, having taken place annually since 1960.
Among this year’s American feature films are Love is Strange, a romance set in New York featuring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, as well as Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, a film about an ambitious young jazz drummer. Elsewhere, Juliet Binoche ( star of hocolat) and Kristen Stewart (from the Twilight series) star in Clouds of Sil Maria, an English-language drama from French auteur Olivier Assayas.
Celebrated Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan brings Kış Uykusu to the festival too. The film, which translates as “Winter Sleep” in English, won the Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year and is expected to be a frontrunner for Best Foreign Film at next year’s Academy Awards.
This year’s retrospective focuses on Irish-American film director John Ford, a four-time Academy Award-winner best known for directing Stagecoach, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and The Grapes of Wrath. The Viennale’s Special Programmes thread is also worth exploring, with events including tributes to actor Viggo Mortensen (A Dangerous Method, The Lord of the Rings) and Algerian filmmaker Tariq Teguia.
It’s easy to combine your Big Bus tour of Vienna with a visit to the Vienna International Film Festival’s many venues. Filmmuseum, Urania, Gartenbaukino, Metro Kino and Stadtkino are all within 10 minutes walk of Stadtpark, stop 15 on the red route. On the blue route, alight at Opera (stop 2) or House of Music (stop 3).