Program Preview

The Coronavirus pandemic poses new challenges in all areas of life. Here at the Film Museum we have been considering how to deal with the uncertain situation in the cultural sector in a sensible way. Our program booklet was printed in the second lockdown, in complete uncertainty as to when films can be shown in the "Invisible Cinema" again. On this occasion, not only are we reacting to the crisis with our programming (the series Who Laughs Last...), but also with the way we've chosen to announce it: in place of the usual program booklet, we present our first "Corona special edition."

Our booklet contains all the screenings we have planned – however, this time round, the screening dates will be fixed as soon as it is clear that (and when) we can reopen our cinema. Our schedule will then be published online. If time permits, we will also provide you with a printed schedule. At the moment, there is no way of guaranteeing that all the announced films can be shown.

Who Laughs Last... Comedy Against Crisis

Our film collection forms the stalwart basis of our winter show in which we direct our attention to the moment of "crisis." Or, rather, to the most effective weapon with which mankind has mastered the worst situations: laughter. In the immortal words of Charlie Chaplin, "Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot." His anti-Nazi satire The Great Dictator is perhaps the most famous example of comedy's resistance to a looming global catastrophe. [...]

Recycled Cinema

Together with the Viennale and in cooperation with sixpackfilm, the Film Museum dedicated its comprehensive October/November Recycled Cinema retrospective to the manifold manifestations of found footage cinema. However, a few programs from the series could no longer be shown because the second lockdown came into effect. We plan to catch up on these screenings as soon as we are allowed to reopen the doors to our cinema. [...]

Radical Political Film for the Masses

Želimir Žilnik's 1980s TV films – a Selection

Between 1977 and 1990, Želimir Žilnik worked for Yugoslavian public television, perfecting his unique method of docufiction and at the same time establishing a system for reaching the largest audience possible with radical political cinema. In cooperation with the Kunsthalle Wien, we will show a selection of six films from this period of ecstatic creativity. [...]


"Vitalina Varela" by Pedro Costa

Vitalina Varela by Pedro Costa has been celebrated as a cinematic masterpiece worldwide. [...]

Premiere. With Love, My Friend

Films by Michael Pilz and Peter Schreiner

To coincide with the Austrian premiere of his With Love Volume One 19871996 and the world premiere of Three Days, My Friend, Pilz has also selected a film by a fellow filmmaker and friend as an addition to the program: Garden by Peter Schreiner (2019). [...]
Cyclical Program

What is Film

Peter Kubelka's cycle What is Film was created in 1996 on the occasion of the centenary of cinema. In the words of Mr Kubelka, the series defines film as "an independent art form and a tool which cultivates new ways of thinking. These 63 programs offer young filmmakers, students and anyone genuinely interested in the medium of film a basic overview of film history." [...]

Amos Vogel – 100 Years of Subversion

Activities and Projects

With his provocative assertion of film as a "subversive art," the curator, critic and indefatigable educator Amos Vogel (1921–2012) violently challenged the common understanding of film, championing a cinematic cosmos rich with disapproved, forgotten, defiant and censored works. In 2021, this figurehead of curatorial rebelliousness would have celebrated his centenary. The Austrian Film Museum pays tribute to the Vienna-born Vogel through a series of events taking place throughout the year.