26. October 2017

Three of our festival films hit cinemas today. The music-filled documentary DANIEL HOPE – KLANG DES LEBENS tells the impressive cinematic story of a star violinist. The Austrian competition entry DIE MIGRANTIGEN was a huge hit with audiences at the ZFF. Ruben Östlund’s vicious art and social satire THE SQUARE scooped the Palme D'Or at Cannes this year.

by Nahuel Lopez

At the age of four Daniel Hope first touched a violin – today he is one of the world’s most eminent violinists. His extraordinary story begins in 1973 in South Africa, where his Jewish grandparents fled to escape Nazism. It was not long, however, before his father’s anti-apartheid views would lead the family to London, where, as a boy, Hope met the world famous violinist Yehudi Menuhin. This was the start of an unforeseeable international career… Filmmaker Nahuel Lopez followed the extraordinary musician in 2016, the particular year in which Hope becomes Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and along with his family, returns to Berlin, the land of his ancestors.


by Arman T. Riahi

Wannabe actor Benny, who still lives with his mother, and ad designer Marko, who rides around on a motorbike more expensive than he can afford, are hanging around on a rough Viennese inner-city estate when they’re discovered by the TV reporter Marlene Weizenhuber. On a quest for protagonists with a ‘migration background’ for her documentary series about social conflict, Marlene has found exactly what she was looking for. Benny and Marko edge their bets, call each other Omar and Tito and play at being ‘typical migrants’ with a gangster attitude for the naïve TV crew. The two Viennese have little idea of how hardened small-time criminal migrants really are. Even less do they know about the homeland of their parents. It is time, then, to get some advice from ‘real’ foreigners… granted they even exist at all!


by Ruben Östlund

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. Ruben Östlund’s well-deserved Palme d’Or-winning film is an ingenious, bittersweet social satire that invites you to laugh, ruminate as well as cringe.