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The 56th Viennale promises a more international direction under its first female head

In 1991, Philippe Petit, infamous for tightrope walking between Manhattan’s Twin Towers, crossed high in the air from the Apollo Kino to a neighboring WWII anti-aircraft tower. It was a brilliant stunt cooked up by the then Viennale co-director Werner Herzog, to bring an appreciation of “Cinema as Magic” – that year’s theme – and some much-needed international attention.

Stunts work. From the Viennale’s arte povera roots in 1960, when it screened just 8 features and 10 shorts from 17 countries, over 90,000 are expected to enjoy 300 films from all over the globe this year, welcoming star directors, actors and producers. Past guests include Martin Scorcese, Abel Ferrara, Vanessa Redgrave,…

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