Program January | February 2018
January 5 to February 8, 2018The Austrian Film Museum rings in the new year with a grand, centennial anniversary: On the occasion of the 100th birthday of great Swedish director and author Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007), a number of celebrations will be held worldwide. The complete retrospective of his cinematic work in Vienna will raise the curtain on this festive year. From his international breakthrough in 1956/57 with award-winning classics such as Sommarnattens leende (Smiles of a Summer Night), Det sjunde inseglet (The Seventh Seal) or Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries) and his official farewell to cinema in 1982 with the great feat of Fanny och Alexander (Fanny and Alexander), Bergman became an indisputed institution and the face of Sweden on the cinematic world map. No other director is considered the epitome of an advanced, philsophically demanding auteur cinema as much as Bergman. This status was confirmed in 1997, when he was awarded the "Palm of Palms" on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival.
January 26, 2018The comprehensive Bergman retrospective will be accompanied by another program devoted to Swedish cinema. We will present Victor Sjöström's silent film Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru (The Outlaw and His Wife, 1918) in a new restoration by the Swedish Film Institute. Swedish film composer and silent film pianist Matti Bye will accompany the film live together with Finnish composer and musician Lau Nau.
Cyclical Program | Each TuesdayWorks by Kenneth Anger, Robert Beavers, Robert Breer, Dietmar Brehm, James Broughton, Jean Cocteau, Maya Deren, Kurt Kren, Gregory J. Markopoulos
January 16, 2018
For Hans HurchIn this program, Peter Kubelka will address the situation of analog film today based on examples from the cycle What is Film. An evening for Hans Hurch and a perspective on the present and future of film.
January 17, 2018A rarity as a postscript to the recently successfully completed retrospective of the work of filmmaker and photographer Robert Frank. Cocksucker Blues (1972) enjoys an almost mythical status as "the most notorious music documentary of all time." Because of its legal status, the film can only be shown four times a year.
January 25, 2018Christian Dewald, Petra Löffler and Marc Ries will present KINO ARBEIT LIEBE, a book retracing Elisabeth Büttner's ways of thinking and the manifold connection points in her work. The volume will be presented as part of a program including films by Michael Wallin, Lisl Ponger, Peter Tscherkassky, Kurt Kren and others.
February 1, 2018Stan Brakhage's text Metaphors on Vision (1963) is considered a trailblazing self-portrait of American avant-garde. Out of print for decades, Brakhage's composition has been reviewed by film theorist and historian P. Adams Sitney and is now available in a new edition. Panelists Gabriele Jutz and Vrääth Öhner will investigate the "avant-garde practice of self-theorizing" and the lasting importance of Brakhage's theoretical work. The panel will be followed by a screening of a new film print of Brakhage's Dog Star Man.