Program April to June 2019
April 4 to June 4, 2019The Austrian Film Museum devotes its next retrospective to an entire continent: this spring and summer, we will be focusing on Australian narrative feature films. Even though some are deeply rooted in the collective memory – think of Crocodile Dundee, Muriel's Wedding, Babe, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert or the Mad Max tetralogy – on the world map of cinema, Australia remains terra incognita rather than well-explored territory. Taking this into account, our retrospective will include more than 50 feature films: for the first time in Austria, it will be possible to see key works as well as obscure and seldom seen films made in Australia in the last 100 years.
April 5, 2019Henri Cartier-Bresson is one of the most revered and influential figures in the history of photography. We are pleased to present the less known film work of this exceptional artist for the first time in Vienna.
April 9, 2019On January 23, 2019, Jonas Mekas, one of cinema's most remarkable artists, died aged 96. The Film Museum devotes an evening to Jonas Mekas with a screening of one of his most beautiful films. Peter Kubelka will speak in remembrance of Mekas before the film.
April 21, 2019Along with publishing a book on Amos Vogel (featuring a number of his own writings and edited by Paul Cronin) in the FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen series, the Austrian Film Museum is responsible for a part of Vogel's private estate held in the Amos Vogel Library. Focusing on rarities from our own Collection, the Amos Vogel Atlas film series is a continuation of his against-the-grain, multifarious thinking and part of a comprehensive research into his legacy.
May 1 and 2, 2019Twenty-seven years after the fall of Albania's mysterious and isolated dictatorship, little is known about the Southeastern European country's cinema. Despite the rigid censorship, Albanian director Xhanfise Keko (1928–2007) utilized the children's film genre to express personal concerns not found in the work of her male contemporaries.
May 12, 2019Since 2008, we have been collecting and researching film documents dealing with the daily life of Jewish Austrians before and during the National Socialist rise into power. Among these was an extraordinary discovery: home movies from the childhood and youth of the philosopher, theologian and Catholic priest Ivan Illich, filmed in Vienna between 1936 and 1942.
May 29 to June 1, 2019In the past few years, the works of video and installation artist Bjørn Melhus, documentary filmmaker Alex Gerbaulet and media artist Anna Vasof have received much international attention at film festivals as well as in exhibition contexts. In cooperation with VIS Vienna Shorts and sixpackfilm (in the case of Bjørn Melhus), the Film Museum devotes five programs to the artists.
June 4 to 6, 2019A focus on the groundwork in the Filmliga programs of this series should familiarise us with classic works of the Dutch avant-garde. The second part of the series serves as a glimpse into a relatively unknown alternative film culture. In their funny, meditative or at times provocative way – and their use of the film medium – they all reflect the political, social and artistic climate of the country. All four programs showcase preserved and restored prints from the rich collection of the Eye Filmmuseum.
June 9, 2019Hungarian director Béla Tarr is widely regarded as one of the leading filmmakers of his generation. Thanks to the deeply personal formal language as seen in Sátántangó and A Torinói ló (The Turin Horse), he has established a new concept of cinema. On the occasion of the creation of his latest work Missing People, made for the Wiener Festwochen, Béla Tarr will hold a masterclass at the Austrian Film Museum. His early masterpiece Családi tűzfészek (Family Nest, 1979) will be shown before the masterclass.
June 6 to 8, 2019For 20 years now, the Orphan Film Symposium has been dedicated to the "orphans" of film history: all manner of films outside of the commercial mainstream such as industrial films, amateur productions and film fragments, as well as the artistic restitution of these forms.