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CROSSING EUROPE 2017

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Crossing Europe readies this year’s panorama of Continental cinema

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- 160 European fiction films and documentaries, including 74 Austrian premieres, will be shown at the 14th edition of the gathering in Linz from 25-30 April

Crossing Europe readies this year’s panorama of Continental cinema
The Bar by Álex de la Iglesia

The focus of the rich and varied line-up of the 14th edition of Crossing Europe, which takes place in Linz from 25-30 April, will primarily be on issues of identity politics, simultaneously engaging with the realities of life in Europe today.

The gathering boasts no fewer than five hand-picked opening films across its various venues (all of which are having their Austrian premieres), presenting a representative cross-section of this year’s festival programme and reflecting the issue of “fear and insecurity, which dominate our everyday life, the world of media and political action”. And so, on the opening night, audiences will be able to enjoy the French-Belgian co-production This Is Our Land [+see also:
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interview: Lucas Belvaux
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by Lucas Belvaux, Close Relations [+see also:
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by Russia’s Vitaly Mansky, the Camus-inspired Polish-Swiss co-production The Sun, The Sun Blinded Me [+see also:
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interview: Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal
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]
by Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal, Clair Obscur [+see also:
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by Turkey’s Yeşim Ustaoğlu (who will also be in focus in the Spotlight section) and The Bar [+see also:
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interview: Alex de la Iglesia
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by Spaniard Álex de la Iglesia.

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A total of 160 European fiction films, documentaries and shorts hailing from 43 countries will be screened at the Austrian gathering, across three different competitions: fictions, documentaries and local artists. The festival will unveil 74 films having their Austrian premieres and 24 having their world premieres. 

Twelve features, comprising ten debut films and two sophomore efforts, will compete in the fiction section (many accompanied by their directors or actors), among which we find titles such as Ralitza Petrova’s Godless [+see also:
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interview: Ralitza Petrova
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]
 (Golden Leopard at Locarno 2016), A Taste of Ink [+see also:
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interview: Morgan Simon
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by Morgan Simon (San Sebastián 2016), the Venice-premiered Heartstone [+see also:
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interview: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
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by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson and Quit Staring at My Plate [+see also:
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interview: Hana Jušić
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by Hana Jušić, In the Blood [+see also:
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interview: Rasmus Heisterberg
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by Rasmus Heisterberg (Toronto 2016), and House of Others [+see also:
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interview: Rusudan Glurjidze
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by Rusudan Glurjidze, which won the East of the West Grand Prix at Karlovy Vary in 2016.

The documentary competition includes ten well-travelled and well-received titles, including the hard-hitting Depth Two [+see also:
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by Ognjen Glavonić, the Venice-screened The War Show [+see also:
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interview: Andreas Dalsgaard
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]
by Andreas Dalsgaard and Obaidah Zytoon, and Robert Kirchhoff’s Roma Holocaust-centred A Hole in the Head [+see also:
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interview: Robert Kirchhoff
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]
.

In its Panorama Fiction section, Crossing Europe will focus on the common thread of strong, self-determined women, unveiling renowned recent titles such as A Date for Mad Mary [+see also:
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by Darren Thornton (Karlovy Vary 2016), Sámi Blood [+see also:
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interview: Amanda Kernell
interview: Lars Lindstrom
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by Amanda Kernell (Venice 2016, winner of Best Nordic Film at Göteborg this year) and María (and Everybody Else) [+see also:
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interview: Nely Reguera
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by Nely Reguera (San Sebastián 2016). Meanwhile, the Panorama Documentary section will entice audiences with such movies as Atelier de conversation [+see also:
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by Bernhard Braunstein (Cinéma du Réel 2017), the Berlinale-screened Loving Pia [+see also:
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interview: Daniel Joseph Borgman
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by Daniel Joseph Borgman and Gogita’s New Life [+see also:
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by Levan Koguashvili (IDFA 2016).

The festival will also feature parallel sections dedicated to fantastic films (dubbed Night Sight), the younger generations (Cinema Next Europe), education and professional training at a time of globalisation and economic crises (Working Worlds), and an Architecture and Society sidebar, this year exploring the relationship between gender roles and space, and centring around Sofia Exarchou’s multiple award-winning Greek debut film, Park [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Sofia Exarchou
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]
. A tribute to Polish directorial duo Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal will also be organised, encompassing a complete retrospective of their body of work.

To learn more about the festival’s line-up, please click here.

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