One of the most fun moments of the screenings, which were well attended for FELIX AUSTRIA! at Hot Docs,was the Q and A.
The people at Hot Docs asked FELIX AUSTRIA! if we wanted to host an after-party at the festival to celebrate our world premiere. Insofar that only about 7 films of 200 have this opportunity at Hot Docs, we quickly said yes, knowing OUR plan for an after-party would be like no other, so, indeed, we rolled out the KAISER BALL, replete with performers from Toronto’s Backwards in Heels who did modern interpretive waltzes–even break-dance variations on the waltz. The DJ, dj enjoi outfit, was completely off the hook with raw disco dance classics and newer house music that kept people moving all night long.
Additionally, FELIX AUSTRIA! used the opportunity to showcase its extraordinary film art work which formed the decorations on the walls. Baroque wigs and masks were passed out and as one blogger said, “People were in everything from ball caps to ball gowns.” Attended by about 200 persons, the spirit of the film spilled straight into reality at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, certainly leaving the most memorable impression of all the festival’s parties. The great success of the ball was largely due to the very generous support of marvelous friends, family, and supporters who contributed the money on Indiegogo to get the production team of FELIX AUSTRIA! to Toronto and to host the ball, for which the FELIX AUSTRIA! team is very grateful.
Felix wore an orange baroque wig, which actually was supposed to be a cross between David Bowie’s album cover for Aladdin Sane and, say, Mozart, but alas it was just more orange Mozart. Christine wore a turquoise pompodour which people in their pop-culture obsessed references seemed to confuse with Marge Simpson, but OH WELL–if one could forget about Marge, it was a helluva wig!
“Often mind-blowingly imaginative documentary film which, being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are Viennese high culture, ultra-Austro-Hungarian-aristocracy and Archduke Otto von Habsburg, makes for a mostly intriguing mix of personal journey, obsession and history… Like some perverse coupling of Guy Maddin and Jan Svankmajer (with dollops of the Brothers Quay), we’re treated to the sort of dazzlingly sumptuous cinema magic one would want from a film…”
Greg Klymkiw, Klymkiw Film Corner
“Felix Austria! is an entertaining and endearing film about passions, fears, and all things in between. It is a film that will educate audiences on Huntington’s disease while charming them at the same time.”
Courtney Small, Big Thoughts From a Small Mind
“Christine Beebe’s feature film debut is an unforgettable, unique exploration of destiny, dreams and identity that transcends place and time.”
Lynne Crocker, Hot Docs Toronto
“The stunning hand-drawn animation has an eye-catching eccentricity and an impressive attention to detail. The otherworldly cartoonishness of the dream sequences offsets nicely the low-res Verité documentation of Felix’s task, and transforms his humble journey into a quixotic quest….
Felix Austria! is a highly enjoyable collage of biography and fantasy, history and art. Quirky and original, Beebe’s film is a welcome
oddball adventure of escapism and self-discovery amidst the festival’s dark and often depressing docs.”
“Director Christine Beebe has created a peculiar and delightful character study that is just not to be missed.”
Brandy Dean, Pretty Clever Films