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OPENING NIGHT               

International Audience Award

Vienna Poetry Film Festival 2023


14th of November 2023, 20:00
Location: Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus, Akademiestraße 13, 1010 Vienna


Opening by Tanja Prušnik, president of the Künstlerhaus & Sigrun Höllrigl, festival director
Moderation: Katharina Wenty


Traditionally, the Art Visuals & Poetry Film Festival opens with an international program in different languages. The main international prize is the audience award. All visitors in the cinema will receive a voting card at the entrance. With these cards the winner will be chosen in a live voting by the Viennese audience. The film most popular with the audience will be rewarded with prize money of 1000 €. 

Multilingual Films. All films, unless not already in English are provided with English subtitles. Projection quality: DCP. 

Bad Rhyme/Duel Lament
2019 | US | 4:48 min | Film language English
Director: Pamela Falkenberg, Jack Cochran
Poetess: Pamela Falkenberg

Heartbreaking Brechtian melodramas of Douglas Sirk, whose "All That Heaven Allows," another key intertext, hovers above and behind our crazy whirlwind of a love story that spans more than 30 years.



Successor of grass
CA | 2021 | 5:00 min | Film language French
Director: Mériol Lehmann
Poet: Sylvain Campeau

Inspired by 2 poets, one from Quebec, Gilles Cyr and the other from France, Francis Ponge and his Parti pris des choses, Successeur des herbes is the second collaboration between Mériol Lehmann and Sylvain Campeau. 



May Peace Be With You
FR | 2023 | 5:20 min | Film language English
Director: Erika Thomas
Poetess: Erika Thomas

This poem is a tragic monologue: that of a woman mourning her dead love. It is a melancholy dialogue between Arabic music (enveloping the dance) and Jewish calligraphy (translating the english text we can hear into signs we can see). Both are about beauty, proximity, love and death. Failed rendezvous, land, uprooting and exile. In this context, "May peace be with you", which opens the poem, and "May love be with you" which closes it, are invitations to resist the death drive within us.



Grijstinten (Shades of Gray)
NL | 2020 | 2:57 min | Film language Dutch
Director: Lyon Pol
Poet: Lyon Pol

Shades of Gray is a short poetry film that explores the complex experience of being mixed race in a white-dominated society. The film captures the feelings of isolation and confusion that arise when one is not fully accepted by either their family or their wider community. The protagonist, a mixed-race person, feels like an outsider in both worlds.



CH | 2021 | 12: 58 min | Film language German
Director: Sophia Lara Nimue Schweizer
Poetess: Sophia Lara Nimue Schweizer

A magpie is thrown out of its nest. It falls onto hard asphalt. A Coming of age film.





AT | 2022 | 13 min | Film language English and German
Director: Mersolis Schöne
Poetess: Marion Steinfellner

Touches are journeys - a film poem about the multi-faceted journey of interpersonal, intercultural encounters. How are we connected with each other? Based on a poetic text collage by Marion Steinfellner, which brings together Indian, Japanese, German, and Austrian texts by Yuko Kaseki, Savita Rani, Mersolis Schöne, and Marion Steinfellner. * The film is shown out of competition.



PS | 2020 | 15 min | Film language Arabic
Director: Khaled Tanji
Poet: Khaled Alsaid

A woman in her 30s remembers the neighborhood where she grew up before the war, When she stands in front of a large tree, its smell takes her on a trip to a neighborhood that is devoid of any life.



Home to the Hangers
UK | 2017 | 5:40 min | Film language English
Director: A D Cooper
Poet: Edward Thomas

A traumatised soldier runs away from the trenches and finds healing in his old familiar haunts.



The movies
HU | 2022 | 2:04 min | Film language Hungarian
Director: Vivien Tóth, Balázs Kecskeméti
Poetess: Vivien Tóth
To have no center, neither in the movie theater nor anywhere else. To desire a long-lost love and yet flee from it. To slowly disappear into the projections on one's own body. Imagery in loop about the cinema as a place of longing, to a poem by Vivien Tóth. Crying has to be allowed somewhere.