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ACFNY SUPPORTED l FILM SCREENINGS
ANGELO (2018) & JOY (2018) AT NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS
THURSDAY, MAR 28 2019 - SUNDAY, APR 07 2019
Celebrating its 48th edition in 2019, the New Directors/New Films festival introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. This year’s program includes the following ACFNY-supported Austrian films:
Markus Schleinzer, 2018, Austria/Luxembourg, French and German with English subtitles, 111 minutes
Based on historical fact, Markus Schleinzer’s Angelo charts the career of an African slave sold into 18th-century Viennese court society. Captured as a young boy, Angelo becomes the pet project of a wealthy countess, who carries out what she believes is her Christian duty to civilize him. As the years progress, Angelo rises to become her surrogate prodigal son and the beloved Court Moor of the Habsburg empire: the projection of every European fantasy of the noble savage. When an astonishing secret is exposed, Angelo is banished, leading to a horrifying, dehumanizing fate.
A staggering work of compassionate realism, Joy, Sudabeh Mortezai’s second fiction feature follows a young Nigerian sex worker living in Vienna as she struggles to simultaneously create a better life for her family and pay off her madame.
Image: Film still from Angelo (2018)