The Local-Bühne Freistadt took up the motto of the Festival of Regions 2023 with an arthouse film series: Eine kleine Bahnreise durch die Filmgeschichte encompassed almost an entire century and was accompanied by film talks with the writer, film expert and passionate railway traveler Jaroslav Rudiš.
From Buster Keaton´s silent movie classic The General (1926) with live piano accompaniment by David Wagner, to the Freistadt premiere of the 4k version of Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), to cult films from the past few years, the festival audience immersed themselves in the world of railway films.
The collective Local-Bühne Freistadt has been running the oldest, still active arthouse cinema in Upper Austria since 1984 and hosts around one hundred live events every year.
Wolfgang Steininger co-founded the Local-Bühne Freistadt, as well as helped initiate both the film festival Neue Heimatfilm and Crossing Europe. As the driving force behind the Moviemento and the City Kino in Linz, he has significantly contributed to the development of the arthouse film scene in Linz.Webside Kino Freistadt
Jaroslav Rudiš lives in Lomnice nad Popelkou and Berlin, where he works as a writer, screen writer, dramatist, and musician. His grandfather was a pointsman, his uncle a dispatcher, and his cousin a conductor. For his book Gebrauchsanweisungen für Zugreisen – Ode an die Schönheit des langsamen Reisens (2021) he crossed the entire continent via railway.
With the support of the state, federal Government and European Union