Preview Program Oct | Nov 2017

Semero smelych (Die sieben Kühnen), 1936, Sergej Gerasimov (Foto: KAVI - Finnish Film Archive)
Neotpravlennoe pis'mo (Ein Brief, der nie ankam), 1959, Michail Kalatozov
October 13 to November 30, 2017

Utopia and Correction

Soviet Cinema, 1926–1940 and 1956–1977

This year, the joint retrospective of the Austrian Film Museum and the Viennale, taking place in October and November and titled "Utopia and Correction", will present films from two specific creative periods in Soviet cinema: the 1920s and 1930s, as well as the time during and after the cultural "Thaw" following Stalin's death.

The structure of the retrospective is neither chronological nor historical in production terms. It rather aims to establish a dialog between cinematic works from two significant stages of awakening in Soviet cinema: films that bear testimony to the political and aesthetic hopes of their time as well as to the setbacks and reprisals with which filmmakers and intellectuals were confronted. [...]