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 breakthrough in 2001 with Batang West Side, but it wasn't until Norte, the End of History (2013) that his status as one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers was cemented by the international film and festival world. His films have since won numerous awards, including From What Is Before (2014) winning the Golden Leopard in Locarno, and The Woman Who Left (2016) the Golden Lion in Venice. The Austrian Film Museum was an early supporter of Lav Diaz's work and, in addition to Batang West Side  which was also released on DVD in the Edition Filmmuseum in 2022 –, has also preserved numerous digital-born works by the filmmaker. In 2022, we began a permanent exhibition of his work as part of Collection on Screen. 


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.