Program December 2018
December 6, 2018 to January 9, 2019The International Federation of Film Archives FIAF (Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film) was founded in 1938 with the aim of bringing together institutions dedicated to the collection and preservation of global film heritage. Drawing inspiration from this spirit of cooperation and everything it has made possible, the Film Museum decided to celebrate this 2018 anniversary with a retrospective on the big screen, where the fruits of FIAF's work belong.
December 9, 2018Viennese exile Amos Vogel was one of the most influential figures in international cinema culture. The Austrian Film Museum holds a part of his estate in the Amos Vogel Library and is devoted to the study of his unconventional legacy. This December, we offer a glimpse into his work through two representative short film programs: one featuring films Vogel showed in Cinema 16 and another with films we could imagine him showing today.
December 9, 2018Želimir Žilnik, a prominent member of the Yugoslav Black Wave, will premiere his latest film, Das schönste Land der Welt (The Most Beautiful Country in the World), at the Austrian Film Museum. Made in Vienna, the film follows a group of young refugees and their stories. Žilnik developed the screenplay together with the protagonists of the film: a prime example of political cinema at eye level. In the presence of Želimir Žilnik and the actors and actresses of the film.
December 13 and 14, 2018Since 2016, the Film Museum has been part of the EU-funded H2020 project I-Media-Cities together with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society. The project saw archives, research institutes and technical partners come together to develop an internet platform and digital tools to present and analyze film footage from nine European cities. At this final stage of the project, we are hosting a conference, a lecture by digital film education and film reconstruction pioneer Rick Prelinger, and a film screening.
December 16, 2018Dr. Heinrich Wille (1938–2018) founded the Austrian Film Museum together with Peter Konlechner and Peter Kubelka in 1964 and remained active as its chairman until 2005. Heinrich Wille passed away this August – we commemorate his selfless energy with an evening that will include a screening of one of his favorite films: Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men.
December 23 to 30, 2018It's that time of year again: between Christmas and New Year, the Austrian Film Museum traditionally showcases Marx Brothers films. Recently, these have come to welcome a selection of kindred spirits as well as a Christmas visit from the Wizard of Oz. This year, we combine cine-Marxism with Muppet anarchy: featuring films from the workshop of their creator Jim Henson and his most important collaborator Frank Oz.
January 6, 2019In his latest book Das Ritual, Viennese comic book artist Nicolas Mahler pays tribute to his love for cinema. In a monsterclass conversation with Christoph Huber, the artist will give insight into the laborious process that went into the making of his new work. Mahler will also present a number of cinephile comics (as well as previously unpublished pieces of film criticism!) reflecting his time as a Film Museum regular in the eighties.