Verzió Vienna will be organized on April 20-22, 2023

March 27, 2023
Verzio Vienna Film Festival

Screenings and Events 

From April 20-22, 2023, in cooperation with Belvedere 21, Open Society University Network (OSUN), Community Engagement Office, and the Visual Studies Platform at CEU, Verzió International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival will bring highlights from the latest edition of Verzió to the CEU community and broader public in Vienna. Verzió Vienna features seven powerful documentaries and several masterclasses. An additional outreach event, the “alternative posters” exhibition, will highlight creative works by graphic design students from Budapest's METU university. 

We believe the new partnerships and connections established during Verzió Vienna will prove lasting, and contribute to foregrounding the medium of creative documentary as an engaging way to learn about the world and empower through moving human stories. 

Opening ceremony: April 20, 2023 at 6 p.m. at Belvedere21, Blickle Kino
Welcome speech by Shalini Randeria, CEU President and Rector
Opening film: Away

Dates and venue of the screenings: April 20-22, 2023, Belvedere 21, Blickle Kino  (Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Wien, Austria)


April 20 6 p.m.  Away + Q&A
April 20 7.15 p.m. Opening reception
April 20 8.30 p.m. The Killing of a Journalist + online Q&A
April 21 6 p.m. f @ck this job
April 21 8 p.m. Nelly and Nadine + Q&A
April 22 4 p.m. KIM + presentation
April 22 6.30 p.m. Boney Piles + online Q&A
April 22 8.30 p.m. All that Breathes


April 21 4 p.m. Family Secrets:Using archives to tell the story of a Holocaust survivor.
Masterclass by Magnus Gertten, filmmaker, director of Nelly & Nadine (2022)
Central European University, Quellenstraße 51, 1100 Wien

April 22

4 p.m. Working with a vulnerable protagonist: The making of KIM. Masterclass by Erika Kapronczai Belvedere21, Blickle Kino Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Wien

Family Secrets: Using archives to tell the story of a Holocaust survivor
Masterclass by Magnus Gertten, filmmaker, director of Nelly & Nadine (2022)

Magnus Gertten is an award-winning director from Malmö, Sweden. Among his latest docs are the investigating of an archive film reel in Every Face Has a Name (2015), the football doc Becoming Zlatan (2016), the human rights doc Only the Devil Lives without Hope (2020) and the love story of Nelly & Nadine, which premiered at Berlinale in 2022. Nelly & Nadine has so far been screened at more than 100 international film festivals and won 22 awards. Magnus Gertten’s documentaries are character-driven, often made in an intimate style and with a powerful emotional narrative. He has a strong passion for human stories, music and modern history. In many of his films Magnus has been working with archive footage. At the masterclass, Magnus Gertten will discuss the research and making of Nelly & Nadine and his earlier films that involve the use of family archives, newsreels and survivor’s testimonies.

Working with a vulnerable protagonist: The making of KIM
Masterclass by Erika Kapronczai, director of KIM (2022)

Erika Kapronczai graduated from the University of Pécs with a degree in aesthetics, then from the University of Theatre and Film Arts with a degree in film directing. She is co-founder and creative producer of the international audiovisual dream collection DREAMPIRE. In addition to directing short feature films (Well under the SunThreesome), she also produces documentaries and portraits (DreampireSajdikKimF - The Man with the Antenna). She is currently working on her first feature film and is supporting first feature projects as a creative producer, and teaches dramaturgy in the Budapest Metropolitan University. The masterclass focuses on the process of working with the private archive of her film’s protagonist, Kim Corbisier, a talented emerging artist and an enigmatic personality, whose struggle with family traumas and addiction cut her life short at 27, leaving behind a powerful artworks and intimate archival footage. She will also share the considerations behind the focus of the film, the structure, and further moral and legal issues emerged during the film making process, as well as the challenges and dilemmas of the role and responsibility of being a filmmaker and a human being at the same time.