Program December 2017
December 1, 2017 to January 4, 2018Coinciding with the release of her latest film, Detroit (2017), the Film Museum will pay tribute to one of the important filmmakers of contemporary American cinema. Kathryn Bigelow, so far the only woman to receive a best director Oscar for her Iraq-set thriller The Hurt Locker (2008), has been making genre films for more than 30 years. Not only do these films go beyond brilliant action staging, they also expose complex psychological and social contradictions.
Instead of presenting Bigelow as the better among men, our retrospective follows a different approach. We show Kathryn Bigelow's work in the context of three female directors of her generation who came to film from other artistic disciplines, their highly individual styles shaped by New York's bustling (proto) no wave scene: Lizzie Borden, Amy Heckerling und Susan Seidelman. Lizzie Borden will be in Vienna from December 14 to 16 to present her films.
December 7, 2017 to January 3, 2018Vienna, 1976: the Arena was taken over by young people demanding an autonomous cultural center. Lectures, exhibitions and concerts took place and the events were filmed by, among others, Videogruppe Arena and Fritz Köberl. The interlacing of filmmaking, pop culture and political activism reached (in Austrian terms) a decisive impulse that the program "This is not America Austrian Drifters" follows to the present day.
Numerous guests will be present at the Film Museum for Q&As and discussions. The retrospective took shape as part of the series "1000 Beat Film" at the Diagonale 2017. It has been brought to Vienna in cooperation with the Wien Museum, where the exhibition "Vienna Calling. A History of Pop Music" is open until March 25, 2018.
December 3, 2017He was the most famous travel reporter of the Weimar Republic aside from Egon Erwin Kisch. His films were well known from London to Moscow. Vienna-born Colin Ross (1885-1945) was one of the most successful travelogue filmmakers and writers in the German-speaking world for over three decades. In the meantime, partly due to his involvement with National Socialism from 1933, he has been largely forgotten. For the last two years, a research project started at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society has been studying the one-man travel multimedia system Colin Ross as a pop cultural phenomenon of his time. These film materials have now been made accessible on the website Mapping Colin Ross.
Cyclical ProgramWorks by Stan Brakhage, Aleksandr Dovenko, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Karl Kels, Pat O'Neill, Peter Tscherkassky, Andy Warhol
December 26 to 30, 2017Every year between Christmas and New Year's the Film Museum presents films with the Marx Brothers lately in combination with films by other artists. This year, the brilliant cinema anarchist (and secretly a great comedian) Luis Buñuel will face the Marx Brothers with a selection of subversive and, in many respects, "marxian" masterpieces. On another note, the bonus track will feature the revival of another anarchic Film Museum tradition: the visionary, crazy comedy Hellzapoppin' (1941).