Good news for film freaks: An exciting selection of innovative and multi-faceted European films is presented at the Crossing Europe film festival, which for the second time takes place in the Upper Austrian capital Linz from 26 April to 1 May.
Internationally awarded Austrian, central and Eastern European feature films and documentaries that all too rarely find their way into Austrian cinemas are shown at the Crossing Europe festival, which pays tribute to the cultural diversity and richness of European cinema.

The festival opens on 26 April with the omnibus film ‘Lost and Found’ , which had its world premiere at this year’s Berlinale and is a co-production of six talented young directors from central and Eastern Europe (Estonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary and Serbia-Montenegro).

This year’s tribute is paid to the Slovenian-German couple Maja Weiss and Peter Braatz from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Filming is their ‘way of life’, as they experiment with the possibility of crossing the borders between fiction, documentary and experimental film.
Further, films about young people and their everyday (working) life are shown in other sections of the festival programme.

‘Artist in Residence’ at this year’s Crossing Europe festival is the German artist Corinna Schnitt, who in her exhibition ‘Prima Leben’ (Beautiful Life) takes an affectionate and ironical look at the arrangements of everyday life in her photo, film and video works.
In its Local Artists section the Festival presents a selection of contemporary film and video works by Upper Austrian filmmakers. The most innovative achievement will be awarded a prize money of 6.000 euro.

The extensive Crossing Europe programme is complemented by numerous presentations, discussions and clubbing events at the O.K. Centre for Contemporary Art. Over 100 films are shown to the local and international audiences at the Moviemento and City-Kino, the cultural centre Kapu, and the O.K. Centre.

Crossing Europe
Date: 26th April – 1st May 2005
Address: Graben 30, A – 4020 Linz, Austria

Text: Christina Merl
Photos: Courtesy of Crossing Europe

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