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IFFI 53 to open with the Austrian film Alma and Oskar

8th Nov 2022 03:39 PM | IANS

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The 53rd edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), to be held in Goa from November 20-28, will open with the Austrian film Alma and Oskar.

The passionate and tumultuous relationship between the Viennese society Grand Dame Alma Mahler (1879-1964) and Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) is the subject of this biopic. Directed by Dieter Berner, the film has total runtime of 110 minutes.

Oskar Kokoschka, an upcoming painter, finds Alma, a music composer, during a time when she had already begun a relationship with architect Walter Gropius, after the death of her first husband, Gustav Mahler. Not wanting to be with another man in who's shadow she cannot realise her artistic potential, Alma initiates a fiery affair with Oskar Kokoschka. Such is the nature of their relationship that Kokoschka paints his most famous work based on it. The film explores their relationship which has been described as 'stormy' and 'tumultuous'.

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Director Dieter Berner is a renowned Austrian film and theatre director, actor and screenwriter. He received international acclaim for his film Berliner Reigen (2006), which is based on Schnitzler's theatre-play Der Reigen.

Alma and Oskar is scheduled to be screened on Sunday, November 20, at INOX, Panaji.

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