Viennale 2019: Partisans Save Vienna

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Above: Captain Dabač.This fall, just over a month after the 80th anniversary of Germany’s declaration of war on Poland that began the second world war, the Vienna International Film Festival, or Viennale, boldly launched this year’s central retrospective, “O Partigiano: Pan-European Partisan Cinema.” A 41-film series extraordinarily shown in sixteen different languages, all projected on 35mm and a large number shown for the first time outside their native countries, the show continues the Viennale’s tradition of partnering with the Austrian Film Museum to stage ambitious retrospectives in tandem with the new features, director profiles, shorts programs, and smaller retrospective focuses going on at the festival.“O Partigiano” as a focus for the Viennale serves as its own kind of resistance: Behind the lines of new cinema, digital cinema, streaming cinema, and vain attempts at apolitical cinema, this show fights for the values it holds dear: Understanding
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