The new movie directed by Anja Salomonowitz “Spanien” (Spain) was the opener of this year’s Diagonale. It starts with a car crash. Sava, a refugee headed for Spain, is the only survivor and is now stranded in Austria, where he helps out a priest to restore statues in a church. Magdalena also works in this church and restores paintings. She is being stalked by Albert, her ex-husband. Gabriel is a family father who is trapped in a gambling addiction and in debts. The movie slowly tells their story and soon we learn how the single pieces of the puzzle that we see fit together.
Written together with author Dimitré Dinev, Salomonowitz managed to make an intense movie that can easily compare with great international films. I hereby command all independent movie lovers to watch it.
As I was sitting at Café Weidinger today playing backgammon with a friend, a class of film students came in and asked if they could film the café and interview some people. Instinctively I wanted to leave, but I had just arrived. Suddenly they came over and asked if they could interview me. Normally I would have said “no, thanks”, but today I was in such a good mood that I agreed. They asked a few stupid questions, I gave a few stupid answers. But the best thing was that they also interviewed one of the waiters, “Herrn Franz”, who is always on the funny side of life. He once said: “Never believe what a waiter tells you.”
As every year the Diagonale 2012 features a lot of movie premieres of Austrian filmmakers in Graz from March 20th to March 25th 2012. The opening film is by Anja Salomonowitz: “Spanien” (“Spain”). I hope I can make some time to visit Graz during this festival.