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Drama Investigations
<none> Cinematic arts and stagecraft

Differences and challenges

Shirin Neshat and Athina Rachel Tsangari in conversation with Alexander Horwath
in English with German translation


  • 06 August 2017, 11:00

Print programme (PDF)


Shirin Neshat left Iran in 1979 and returned to Teheran on several occasions after her studies of art in the United States between 1990 and 1996. After beginning as a photographer, in which her primary emphasis was on the situation of women in the Muslim world, she dedicated herself to video and film art. Her films have been awarded numerous international prizes. Her production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida at the Salzburg Festival represents her debut in opera.

After her studies in Thessaloniki Athina Rachel Tsangari completed a programme of directorial studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She created the projections for the ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Her film Attenberg, which received accolades from many quarters, was, like Chevalier, seen in cinemas in 2015, nominated as the Greek selection for the Oscar as best foreign film. Athina Tsangari is directing Frank Wedekind’s Lulu for the Salzburg Festival in 2017.

Alexander Horwath led the International Film Festival Viennale from 2002 to 2007 and was curator of the film programme of the documenta 12. As film critic and long-term director of the Austrian Film Museum, he is one of the most noted European cineasts.