The Diagonale is conceived as a forum for the presentation and discussion of Austrian cinematic production. The goal and task of the Diagonale is a nuanced, multifaceted and critical exploration of Austrian cinema as well as drawing the industry into the media spotlight and thereby into public discourse. Accordingly, it is the filmmakers and their works that lie at the heart of the festival, which, by means of a tailored program selection, offers the rare opportunity to become acquainted with Austrian film in all its diversity, to trace current artistic trends and, to make some (re-) discoveries along the way.
New at the Diagonale
Under the new leadership of Sebastian Höglinger and Peter Schernhuber, the Diagonale has experienced a contemporary update. At the same time, it remains a mastermind and instigator of Austrian cinema. The next festival will take place from March 8–13, 2016, and this year, too, will show the “best-of” contemporary Austrian filmmaking. Based on a functioning festival for both the film industry and the audience, the Diagonale’16 nonetheless offers numerous innovations.
With Spotlight on, the Diagonale highlights distinctive personal styles in Austrian filmmaking, and also expands its focus: honored of late are not only directors, but also producers, editors, cinema operators, and critics, among others. As a starting note, Spotlight on will be dedicated to the portfolio of film producer Gabriele Kranzelbinder. The second new festival area, In Reference, dares the literal gaze at the big picture. In the process, Austrian cinema enters into a cinematic dialogue with itself and with selected international positions—reacting, interacting, and commenting.
The newly devised Austria Film Meeting, which this year has committed itself especially to practical strategies and methods for establishing diversity and equality, presents itself transnationally, and inclusive of all genders and generations. In the combination of practice and theory, the exchange across the entire industry not only flows into a public discussion, but is also aired for the first time in the film program.
The parties and concerts of #DurchDieNacht extend an invitation to celebrate wildly at familiar and newly discovered sites throughout Graz. Around the Kunsthaus Graz, the Diagonale moves into several locations in the immediate surroundings, which together form the Diagonale Festival District: from the Haus der Architektur to the specially set up Bar 8020 in Hotel Mariahilf through to the Kunsthauscafé.
In addition to the innovations in the program, the Diagonale’16’s fresh new appearance also draws attention. At the center of the new corporate design by the renowned and multiple prize-winning graphic design studio, Studio Es, around the graphic designer Verena Panholzer, is a shimmering “D,” which opposes lines, rebels against them. Lines, which trace a field of the video signal, stir connotations of the Austrian flag, and in doing so, brush it against the grain.