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Austrian Film Series

Throughout the spring semester, Intercultural Affairs will be hosting an Austrian Film Series. Each month, a film characterizing an aspect of Austrian cinema will be shown in the Intercultural Affairs House, located at 288 Pulteney Street.

The first film in the series, “The Bone Man,” will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. Directed by Wolfgang Murnberger, this dark comedy follows Private Investigator Breener as he handles a case at a local grill station. While searching the scene, he finds bones that don’t belong to the chicken the station serves.  The film displays the calm sarcasm that is characteristic of Austrian humor.

On Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m., the film “Wanted,” directed by Harald Sicheritz, will be screened.  Although at first reminiscent of a Western, this film about a stressed-out surgeon who experiences western-like illusions is about more than gunfights and outlaws – it is about an escape from reality. “Wanted” presents an excellent example of the well-known “Austrian esprit.”

The final film of the series, “Tempo,” will be shown on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. The film, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, takes place in the lively Viennese youth scene.  An 18 year-old boy works as a bicycle messenger and daydreams about a different life – to the point where he can no longer distinguish between reality and fantasy.  “Tempo,” is the recipient of the Femina Film Award as well as the 1997 Promotional Award.