A Trailer for the Film Museum

Behind the Idea

While processing a deposit from the animation class of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, we came across two treasures that both the Film Museum and the artists had given up for lost: A trailer for the Austrian Film Museum by Bady Minck and another by Sabine Groschup, both created in the early 1980s. We used this find as an occasion to return to the idea of an artist's trailer. With Norbert Pfaffenbichler's contribution, the first of these works was completed in 2023 and presented at various festivals and cinemas. We are delighted to have won over Lav Diaz for this idea in 2024 – our 60th birthday. 

Lav Diaz: "Faith" (2024)

Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz (*1958) made his international breakthrough in 2001 with Batang West Side, but it wasn't until the Cannes premiere of Norte, the End of History (2013) that his status as one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers was fully cemented. His films have since won numerous awards, including the Golden Leopard in Locarno for From What Is Before (2014), and the Golden Lion in Venice for The Woman Who Left (2016). The Austrian Film Museum was an early supporter of Lav Diaz's work and has in the past decade preserved several of his films, starting with Batang West Side which was also released on DVD in the Edition Filmmuseum in 2022. In the same year we began an ongoing, slow exhibition of his work as part of our Collection on Screen series. Lav Diaz is primarily praised as one of the pioneers and champions of so-called slow cinema, but his one-minute trailer for the Austrian Film Museum demonstrates that he is capable of fully developing his signature poetic style also on a much smaller canvas.


Norbert Pfaffenbichler: "To the Wonderful People in the Dark" (2023)

Born in Styria in 1967, Norbert Pfaffenbichler is one of the most exciting figures in Austrian experimental film and has found success internationally thanks to invitations to festivals such as Venice and Locarno. But Pfaffenbichler has always looked beyond the avant-garde: As an artist and curator, he is a genuine cinephile with as much enthusiasm for experimental cinema as for genre films that offer other ways of seeing the world. Pfaffenbichler's films are preserved at the Austrian Film Museum. More information about the author and his work can be found on his Website.
Norbert Pfaffenbichler has made a trailer for the Austrian Film Museum (featuring music by Julia Witas) whose title is an homage to the audience – those responsible for making the experience of film-going something special: "To the Wonderful People in the Dark."  The chain of associations around looking that forms the trailer is also a survey of film history: From Vertov to Kubrick and Scorsese within just a few seconds.