"Our familiarity with everyday things prevents us from assessing their meaning properly," the filmmaker and historian Paul Rotha wrote in 1935. "That is why documentaries are so important – they make familiar people and things visible so that we can assess their value for what we call society."
Kinoreal is offering a jour fixe to explore the documentary in all its many forms: historical films from our collection and other archives, and new films from Austria and around the world. This initiative represents the next chapter in the communicative work that Peter Konlechner drove forward with his lecture and film series "On Documentary Films" at the Film Museum. Kinoreal owes its name and its focus largely to an event series launched by Dominik Kamalzadeh, Dieter Pichler and Michael Loebenstein in collaboration with Navigator Film and Vienna's Stadtkino in the early 2000s.
Each program will be accompanied by an introduction and related texts, and will invite audiences to enter into dialogue – with the filmmaker(s) whenever possible – turning the Film Museum into a meeting point and forum for a lively exploration of the "art of reality."
Discounted ticket for students with an annual membership at the price of EUR 3,00

Kinoreal is presented in cooperation with, the Austrian Documentary Film Alliance.

The individual programs at a glance:

Cracked the Wind, 2019, Mark Jenkin

October 2020

Handmade In Britain: Short Films by Mark Jenkin
Bait 2019, Mark Jenkin


Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit, 2019, Thomas Heise

December 2019

Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit
2019, Thomas Heise


Hat Wolff von Amerongen Konkursdelikte begangen? 2004, Gerhard Benedikt Friedl (Kadervergrößerung ÖFM)

November 2019

Book Launch Gerhard Friedl. Ein Arbeitsbuch and Films
MdW 1992, Gerhard Friedl
AVID 1994, Gerhard Friedl
Knittelfeld – Stadt ohne Geschichte 1997, Gerhard Friedl
The "Frontier" Owners 2008, Gerhard Friedl, Laura Horelli
Shedding Details 2009, Gerhard Friedl, Laura Horelli
Hat Wolff von Amerongen Konkursdelikte begangen? 2004, Gerhard Friedl


L’Héritage de la chouette (Das Erbe der Eule), 1987, Chris Marker

September/October 2019

Grey Gardens 1975, Albert & David Maysles
Die Melancholie der Milionäre 2018, Caspar Pfaundler
L'héritage de la chouette (Das Erbe der Eule) 1987–89, Chris Marker