The Descent, 2005, Neil Marshall

March 27 to April 6, 2015

Without film, the world would remain unseen; it would merely be under observation. Europe would be even darker without horror films. Europe’s Schengen space, well-defined and fenced up, views itself by blocking off its moments of horror and violence. Horror cinema re-introduces them into the picture, as demonstrated by this series of 15 recent European films – a post-script to the Film Museum’s extensive retrospective on the horror genre.[...]

March 23 to 30, 2015

With screenings both in Vienna and at the Diagonale festival in Graz, the Film Museum is proud to present the newly restored works of Alfred Kaiser (1940-1994), a unique and solitary figure in Austrian film history. In a way, this is a second rediscovery, because shortly after Kaiser's death his films had been brought back to public view once before, thanks to the efforts of Navigator Film.[...]

March 12 to April 9, 2015

The initials JLG are synonymous with an entire ocean of cinema. Its "first wave" – 15 feature films made over a period of only eight years, plus numerous shorts – marks the beginning of a multi-part presentation of Jean Luc Godard's work at the Austrian Film Museum, continuing up until 2017. Part 1 of this project is dedicated to Godard's epochal redistribution of the cinematic senses during the early and mid-1960s.[...]

April 8 and 9, 2015

It is no accident that water and light are dominant motifs in the work of Jonathan Schwartz: they emphasize the elementary mode in which the filmmaker approaches the medium of 16mm film. Schwartz makes the world visible through its smallest gestures and vibrations, giving it an unusual, sometimes disturbingly fleeting presence.[...]

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