Austrian film Alma and Oskar will open the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to be held in Goa from November 20 to November 28. Directed by Dieter Berner, the biopic talks about the passionate and tumultuous relationship between the Viennese society Grand Dame Alma Mahler (1879-1964) and Austrain artist Oskar Kokoschka ((1886-1980).
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 realize 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’.
Director Dieter Berner is a renowned Austrian film and theatre director, actor and screenwriter. He became known nationwide in Austria as a director with the six films of the award-winning Alpensaga, a family and village chronicle that ran from 1976-1980. He received international acclaim for his film Berliner Reigen(2006) based on Schnitzler’s theater-play Der Reigen.
Organized annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals in Asia, the 53rd edition of the International Film Festival promotes the art of film by providing a unique platform showcasing the best of cinema.