Fest’s six pics honor Mozart

Films to amplify composer's artistic themes in a 21st century context

Opera director Peter Sellars has commissioned six feature films by international auteurs, which will premiere at his New Crowned Hope festival in Vienna next year, celebrating Mozart’s 250th anniversary.

The six movies have no direct connection with Mozart, and do not use his music, but are intended to amplify his fundamental artistic themes in a 21st century context.

The helmers include Tsai Ming Liang (“The Wayward Cloud”) from China, Apichatpong Weerasethakul (“Tropical Malady”) from Thailand, Mahamat Saleh Haroun (“Abouna”) from Chad, Garin Nugroho (“Love and Eggs”) from Indonesia, Bahman Ghobadi (“A Time For Drunken Horses”) from Iran and first-timer Paz Encina from Paraguay.

The city of Vienna has given Sellars $3 million to co-finance these movies. Simon Field and Keith Griffiths of London-based production outfit Illuminations Films helped to select the projects, and play a role in supervising their production.

“New Crowned Hope is an attempt to take Mozart not at face value, but to explore his deeper issues, which were to imagine the next Europe and create a new kind of global culture,” Sellars said.