The Austrian Film Museum presents film works principally in the form of analog film projections and is committed to locating prints in their original format (35mm and 16mm). Video and digitally-produced works as well as Television productions are screened either on video or digitally as required. Exceptions are noted where appropriate.
Elephant, 2003, Gus Van Sant
October 14 to November 30, 2016

A Second Life

Theme and Variation in Film
The dominant image of cinema today gives the impression of an impoverished monoculture. Its formula is well known: remakes of successful content and figure "universes" succeeding one another in an increasingly shorter time span, acting as mere serial installments on a repeat loop. The joint retrospective of the Austrian Film Museum and the Viennale, A Second Life, confronts this tendency toward conformity with an intensive look back at the richness of forms that cinema, since its inception, has discovered when reworking older material. Instead of serving only as a vehicle of commercial calculation, in which the endless regeneration of uniformity drives out all else, revision was one option among many, highlighting the decisive, cinematographic differences through apparent similarities in subject or idea. [...]
thinking of red, 2016, James Benning
November 10, 2016

Premiere: New Works by James Benning

The world premiere of five films by James Benning (accompanied by a short "response film" by Michael Snow) mark a new chapter in the Film Museum's longstanding engagement with the American artist's oeuvre. The screenings will take place in the presence of James Benning. [...]
Nema-ye nazdik / Close-Up, 1990, Abbas Kiarostami
November 11 to 30, 2016

In Memoriam: Abbas Kiarostami

In homage to a major creator of modern cinema, the Film Museum will show Abbas Kiarostami's central body of work, which bears vivid evidence to Martin Scorsese's praise of Kiarostami as "representing the highest level of artistry in cinema." [...]
Before Sunrise, 1995, Richard Linklater
November 12 to 27, 2016

Afternoon Movies

According to Ilse Aichinger
Initiated and curated by the Ilse Aichinger Haus, the home of literature without walls, the program Afternoon Movies seeks the indissoluble, passionate and anarchic moment in Ilse Aichinger's cinema-going and writing – on three weekends in November, with two films per afternoon. [...]