Program Spring/Summer 2021

(May 19 to August 15, 2021)

Welcome back to the Film Museum! Throughout the spring and summer, we will be showing almost all of the programs and retrospectives that we announced in the special issue of our program booklet. There's even more to look forward to: several premieres, the continuation of the Amos Vogel Atlas – and that's not all. The screening dates can be found online and in our leaflet. You can find information on the measures we are taking in order to make your visit as safe as possible here.
May 19 to August 15, 2021

Who Laughs Last... Comedy Against Crisis

Our film collection forms the stalwart basis of our retrospective Who Laughs Last... in which we direct our attention to the moment of "crisis." Or, rather, to the most effective weapon with which mankind has mastered the worst situations: laughter. In the immortal words of Charlie Chaplin, "Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot." His anti-Nazi satire The Great Dictator is perhaps the most famous example of comedy's resistance to a looming global catastrophe. [...]
May 23 to August 8, 2021

Radical Political Film for the Masses

Želimir Žilnik's 1980s TV films – a Selection

Between 1977 and 1990, Želimir Žilnik worked for Yugoslavian public television, perfecting his unique method of docufiction and at the same time establishing a system for reaching the largest audience possible with radical political cinema. In cooperation with the Kunsthalle Wien, we will show a selection of six films from this period of ecstatic creativity. [...]
May 25 to July 23, 2021

Recycled Cinema

Together with the Viennale and in cooperation with sixpackfilm, the Film Museum dedicated its comprehensive October/November Recycled Cinema retrospective to the manifold manifestations of found footage cinema. However, a few programs from the series could no longer be shown because the second lockdown came into effect. We are happy to present some of these screenings now. [...]
May 28 to July 24, 2021

Films You Cannot See Elsewhere
The Amos Vogel Atlas – Chapter 3 & 4

Along with a great variety of events the Austrian Film Museum has in store to mark the centenary of Amos Vogel's birth, the Vogel Atlas will naturally continue, once again tracing the astonishing variety of forms Vogel brought together in his idea of cinema – from avant-garde to animation, from documents of all kinds to idiosyncratic feature films. Chapter 3 ("The Surreal Experience") and Chapter 4 ("City Lights") both revolve around a key film of Vogel's film club. [...]
May 29, 2021

Paul Wenninger

Films and Carte Blanche

Paul Wenninger is an artist who is hard to pigeonhole. With a background in dance, the fifty-five-year-old has long been preoccupied with the question of the choreography of the object. With Wenninger, the film becomes a choreographic work, the body an object. To achieve this, the Viennese-born director likes to put himself in front of the camera or works with dancers – because an excellent command of one's body is crucial. Four films that use this technique have emerged since 2012; the artist has also invited three other films to be screened as part of the program. [...]
June 8, 2021


"Paris Calligrammes" by Ulrike Ottinger

The renowned German avant-garde director, painter, photographer, and all-round artist Ulrike Ottinger created a gem in the form of a gripping autobiographical documentary with her film Paris Calligrammes (2020), that takes a look at her younger self from the point of view of the elderly artist. Paris Calligrammes will be presented in June 2021 by CROSSING EUROPE, the Austrian Film Museum, and Diagonale in Linz, Vienna, and Graz, all in the attendance of Ulrike Ottinger. [...]
June 12, 2021


"Vitalina Varela" by Pedro Costa

Vitalina Varela by Pedro Costa has been celebrated as a cinematic masterpiece worldwide. [...]
June 24 and 25, 2021

Filmmuseum on location

"Mit dem Motorrad über die Wolken"

On June 24, we will have the great pleasure of presenting the restoration of the legendary silent road movie Mit dem Motorrad über die Wolken (1926, Lothar Rübelt), recently completed in collaboration with our colleagues at the Filmarchiv Austria, at the open air cinema in the Augarten. Piano accompaniment by Elaine Loebenstein. [...]
June 26 and 27, 2021

Premiere. With Love, My Friend

Films by Michael Pilz and Peter Schreiner

To coincide with the Austrian premiere of his With Love Volume One 19871996 and the world premiere of Three Days, My Friend, Pilz has also selected a film by a fellow filmmaker and friend as an addition to the program: Garden by Peter Schreiner (2019). [...]
August 8, 2021

Driftwood: "Toxi" and Black occupation children

Ingrid Bauer, Azziza B. Malanda and Philipp Rohrbach present the new issue of zeitgeschichte: "Black GI Children in Post-World War II Europe." The starting point is the tragicomedy Toxi (FRG, 1952), whose five-year-old Black title character captured the sympathy of cinema audiences of the time. [...]