[...] the most extraordinary film festival in our country, which best expresses European diversity [...]
Federal Chancellor Dr. Alfred Gusenbauer at the festival opening
This year’s festival saw 16,000 spectators, compared to 2007’s 13,000, and more than 500 accredited international and national festival guests.
In her fifth year as director (and in the acid test before the Capital of Culture year 2009), Christine Dollhofer, head of Crossing Europe, has once again succeeded in presenting a film programme as highly concentrated as it is sophisticated [...] European cinema against the grain.
In its fifth edition the Linz festival has proved itself the most congenial film festival in Austria. ( ) It is wonderful that Crossing Europe has not only filled artistic gaps again this year ( ), but has also established a new genre cinema series.
Festival director Christine Dollhofer and her team have achieved great success for their small anniversary. They have assiduously put together a programme that was thoroughly wilful, emotional and contentious, yet without getting lost in pretentious self-importance.
What is put on here every year in Linz is no false affirmation of the political myth of European identity, but an extraordinarily colourful and multifaceted pastiche of all the varieties of film dedicated to young, wilful film artists.( ) Once again, I leave Linz with the same feeling that I have just visited the most interesting film festival in Austria.