Program September/October 2023

(September 1 to October 19, 2023)

September 1 to October 19, 2023

Sidney Lumet

We start the season honoring Sidney Lumet (1924–2011), one of the most exciting filmmakers to come out of the United States. In the half century between his celebrated debut Twelve Angry Men (1957) and his final work Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007), Lumet directed over 40 features, including well-known classics like The Pawnbroker (1964), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976), Prince of the City (1981), and Running on Empty (1989). Like few others, Lumet left his mark on New York City in the second half of the twentieth century and captured the metropole's pulsating energy and diversity. [...]
September 3 to 24, 2023


The Albertina is paying tribute to the artist with an exhibition focusing on performance, installation, and photography pieces and presenting legendary works alongside ones that have never before been shown. We are pleased to show a selection of films by VALIE EXPORT in the "Invisible Cinema" to accompany the exhibition. [...]
September 3 to October 16, 2023

Collection on Screen

Capitalism Sucks. The Horror of Capital(ism)

The effects of capitalist ideology have always been a mainstay of horror films, be it as conscious critique or as unconscious leitmotif. Capital becomes a spook: A spectral event occurring between the images/lines. [...]
September 5, 2023


Lecture by Peter Kubelka

A lecture by Peter Kubelka introducing the cyclical program with examples: films and other objects [...]
September 6 to October 18, 2023

The Amos Vogel Atlas – Chapter 14

Sex. Films. 1950–2000

Among the tabu subjects treated in Amos Vogel's groundbreaking book Film as a Subversive Art, sexuality naturally plays a key role. Vogel's made a far-sighted assessment. Half a century on, the most comprehensive chapter yet in the Vogel Atlas asks to what degree Vogel was right, using select examples to trace the history of the liberalization of sexuality on film. [...]
September 10 and October 15, 2023

Cinema for Little Ones

Tell Me a Story!

Cinema for Little Ones brings film programs, moderated by a film educator, to children ages 3 and up and their families. This time, we sit down in the cinema and demand: Tell us a story! [...]
September 24, 2023

Collection on Screen

Michael Pilz – Part 1

This year in May/June, we presented So Much Beauty, a selection of works by Austrian gem Michal Pilz. In small steps and as part of our monthly series Collection of Screen, we will now extend this retrospective. Noah Delta II (1985), Pilz's only feature length film, marks the beginning. [...]
October 1, 2023


Private Film Footage from Stalag XVII A Kaisersteinbruch

In 2022, the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW) received an 8mm amateur film. The document contained footage by a military member who was stationed at the POW camp Stalag XVII A Kaisersteinbruch during World War II. The film provides unique glimpses of everyday life in a German POW camp in the Nazi era. [...]
October 7, 2023

Book Presentation

Wege. Spuren und Bahnen der Bewegung im Kin

The six volume book series Wege. Spuren und Bahnen der Bewegung im Kino by Karl Sierek brings together path-building and motion pictures. The first two volumes of the series will be presented on October 7. [...]
October 11, 2023

Talks with Women Film Pioneers

Costume Designer Uli Fessler

Uli Fessler studied set and costume design and has been responsible for costume design on over 100 film and TV productions since the late 1970s. In this Workshop Talk, Fessler will speak with Monika Buttinger about the challenges and possibilities involved in this work. Moderation: Julia Pühringer. [...]
October 13, 2023


In collaboration with the Institut français d'Autriche, we are very pleased to welcome multi prize-winning Greek French director Costa-Gavras as a guest at the Film Museum, where he will participate in a discussion and present his latest exciting film Adults in the Room (2019). [...]
October 14, 2023

Vienna Queerstories

Artistic Research

The results of our research and teaching activities and the resulting works by students of the department of Applied Photography and Time-Based Media at the University of Applied Arts will be presented at the "Invisible Cinema" with free admission. [...]
Each Tuesday

What Is Film

Program 1–12

Works by Stan Brakhage, Cinématographe  Lumière, Émile Cohl, Bruce Conner, Joseph Cornell, Charles Dekeukeleire, William Kennedy  Laurie Dickson/Edison Kinetograph, Aleksandr Dovženko, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Marcel Duchamp,  VALIE EXPORT, Robert J. Flaherty, Robert Frank, Jean Genet, Joris Ivens, Richard Leacock,  Fernand Léger &  Dudley Murphy, Étienne-Jules Marey, Jonas Mekas, Georges Méliès, Marie Menken, Robert Nelson, Don A. Pennebaker, Man Ray, Hans Richter, Leni Riefenstahl, Jack Smith, U.S. Government Office of War Information, Dziga Vertov [...]