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March 21, 2017

The 20th Diagonale in Graz: The Anniversary Program 

When spring comes around, the Diagonale extends an invitation to rendezvous with Austrian film in Graz. The festival is being held in the Styrian capital, already marking its twentieth anniversary, from March 28 to April 2. Co-directors Sebastian Höglinger and Peter Schernhuber now present the multifaceted anniversary program.

New characters and sounds, as well as striking signatures are all part of the Diagonale’17 – from genre cinema to biopic, from audience favorite through to new discoveries. The competition program gathers stories of intercultural life, between global neighborhoods and local borders, and under the banner of coming-of-age, grapples with adolescent quests for identity beyond common clichéd roles, and brings socially involved cinema to Graz. Genre transcending short film programs and supporting films take account of the convergence of film genres. Experimental works, music videos, feature and documentary films are thus positioned with one another in the program.

Sebastian Höglinger and Peter Schernhuber: “The competition program offers a cross-section without pursuing the claim of completeness, and reveals the multifaceted nature and diversity of Austrian film’s forms, narratives, and characters. In its condensed form, the competition allows resonances between the individual films to emerge and also allows for conclusions about the status quo of the Austrian film landscape.” See the program.

Facts: The current competition comprises 106 films and was compiled from 561 submissions in all genres and lengths. Diagonale’17 will screen a total of 191 films in its various program sections. 63 competition films are celebrating their premiere in Graz, and 37 their world premiere.   

Opening: The eagerly awaited Austrian premiere of the travelogue UNTITLED by Michael Glawogger and Monika Willi will set the opening notes for the 20th Diagonale in Graz. The charismatic Johannes Krisch will be honored with the Grand Diagonale Acting Prize during the opening. More.

Pop Special: Diagonale’17 searches for pop culture’s influence on Austrian film and vice versa with the historical special program 1000 Beat Film – spotlighting, multifaceted, inquisitive, and entertaining. The Austrian Film Museum, Filmarchiv Austria, the ORF-Archiv, and the musician and journalist Robert Rotifer work together from various viewing and listening angles to investigate pop cultural phenomena in film and television. From Wolfgang Ambros to avant-garde, from Bilderbuch to Barbara Albert, from pop-infused debuts through to rarely screened documentaries, starting from “the dead city” Vienna via Linz to Graz and back again. More.

A “working class” spotlight: With Andi Winter, the Spotlight on series turns to an integrative figure from the supposed second row, and his multidisciplinary oeuvre. Andi Winter will make a personal appearance in Graz and will give a lecture offering insight into his working methods as a color grader. More.

Versatile references within the program open the In Reference festival program, which allows Austrian film to engage in dialogue with itself and with select international positions. Iranian-American director Ana Lily Amirpour will thus hold a master class for filmmakers in Graz and in an exclusive premiere will show her new genre film highlight, The Bad Batch. More.
What is cinema? JEAN LUC NANCY – the Diagonale’17’s enigmatic, pulsating trailer is directed by Antoinette Zwirchmayr. More.

How to popularize Austrian film? Diagonale Film Meeting 2017 poses for discussion the popularity and potential of Austrian film. The open forum for exchange focuses on the status quo and future of Austrian film and cinema. More.

For the first time in the context of the Diagonale, the Franz Grabner Prize will be awarded in the categories of cinema and television documentary film. The awarding of the Carl Mayer and Thomas Pluch Screenwriting Prizes as well as the Diagonale Awards Ceremony mark further highlights of the festival week. In the context of the Diagonale’17, renowned juries will award Austria’s most highly endowed film prizes, among them, the province of Styria’s two Grand Diagonale Prizes for Best Austrian Feature and Best Austrian Documentary Film (€ 15,000 each). More.

Various press photos and film stills are available here for download.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Graz and thank you for your coverage of the festival! 

Your Diagonale Press team
Franz Jud
Matthias K. Heschl
Edith Huemer
Samira Saad
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