V’16: OCTOBER 20 – NOVEMBER 2, 2016

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V'16

OUTCOME OF THE VIENNALE 2016

This year’s Viennale comes to a successful close today with the gala screening of the film LA LA LAND. The festival, which was one day shorter than previous editions and did without the early- morning program in the Gartenbaukino, offered about 8,000 tickets less than last year. In view of this, the total number of 92,300 visitors, as compared to 94,100 in 2015, marks a great success for the Viennale 2016. Although the number of visitors slightly decreased, the utilization of available seats clearly increased from 76.4% in 2015 to 82.3% and so did the number of sold-out screenings, from 123 in 2015 to 154.

All in all, it can be said that the Viennale 2016 was a great and gratifying success and that the reduction of the program and offering only had an insignificant impact on the figures.

“This year’s festival, which marked my 20th anniversary as director, was a very special gift for me,” says Viennale director Hans Hurch. “I don’t know to whom we owe it, but seldom has a Viennale edition received such positive and partly enthusiastic feedback from both audiences and international critics.”

Among this year’s special programs the tribute to Peter Hutton was an extremely positive surprise, as was the mini-tribute to Kenneth Lonergan. In addition, the retrospective of Filmarchiv Austria on the émigré filmmaker Robert Land met with great interest.

Highlights of this year’s festival included the opening film, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, screened in the presence of director Kenneth Lonergan, the great premieres in Gartenbaukino of a number of new Austrian films, and the visit of the American artist Patti Smith, who dedicated a photo exhibition to the festival and performed an outstanding concert in the sold-out Gartenbaukino.

Furthermore, it should be noted that this year’s Viennale saw the attendance of an unusually large number of important, international filmmakers, who presented their works at the festival. These included Terence Davies, Luc Dardenne, Olivier Assayas, John Carpenter, Abel Ferrara, Albert Serra, Julien Temple, Bertrand Bonello and Cristi Puiu.

Organized in collaboration with the Filmmuseum, the great retrospective A SECOND LIFE – THEMES AND VARIATIONS IN FILM, showing until November 30, will have an estimated total of 5,400 visitors.

V'15

OUTCOME OF THE VIENNALE 2015

The 53rd Viennale came to an end with the film ANOMALISA by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. With a total of 94,100 visitors, the 2015 festival couldn’t quite reach last year’s record figure of 98,200. The utilization of available seats decreased from 81.7% to 76.4%. From a total of 377 screenings, 123 were sold out.

“As in previous years, the Viennale was once again special proof of the diversity and quality of Austrian and international cinema,” says Viennale director Hans Hurch. “The fact that the number of visitors can’t be increased arbitrarily from year to year probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone. We do, however, consider it important to continue developing the Viennale’s distinctive feature of being a city and audience festival and an internationally acclaimed film event at the same time.”

Among this year’s special programs, three were particularly popular with audiences. The most successful Viennale 2015 Special was FLESH AND BLOOD, a program on Austrian genre cinema, realized in collaboration with Filmarchiv Austria. There was also great interest in GREECE – ONCE MORE WITH FEELING, a selection of contemporary Greek films and, finally, the tribute to the young Uruguayan filmmaker Federico Veiroj.

The program IDA LUPINO – HARD, FAST AND BEAUTIFUL and the homage to the Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira, who passed away this year, didn’t quite meet our expectations.

Highlights of this year’s festival included the visit of the great American actress Tippi Hedren and the screenings of Alfred Hitchcock’s MARNIE and THE BIRDS in her presence; the Austrian premieres of a number of outstanding national productions and the world premieres of films by Billy Woodberry, Jean-Marie Straub and Klaus Wyborny.

Organized in collaboration with the Filmmuseum, the great retrospective ANIMALS – A SMALL ZOOLOGY OF CINEMA, showing until November 30, will have an estimated total of 5,400 visitors.

V'14

OUTCOME OF THE VIENNALE 2014

The Viennale came to an end with the screening of TURIST by Ruben Östlund after a festival span of fifteen days for the first time. The increase in the number of visitors this year to 98.200, compared with 97,400 in 2013, is remarkable because the total number of available tickets decreased compared to the previous year. – It was necessary to compensate the former festival cinema Kino am Schwarzenbergplatz by the smaller Eric Pleskow Saal at the reopened Metro Kinokulturhaus.
The percentage of available seats sold increased from 77.8% to 81,7%.
The number of sold out screenings increased from 116 to 131.
Organized in collaboration with the Filmmuseum, the John Ford Retrospective, showing until November 30, will have an estimated total of 5000 visitors.
Uncommon and risky special programs like SPECIAL: REVOLUTIONS IN 16MM, IN FOCUS: TARIQ TEGUIA and SPECIAL: FRITZ KORTNER surprisingly received most of the good public response.
Among the festival’s highlights were the visit of Abel Ferrara, who presented his most recent film PASOLINI, the Austrian premieres of several local productions, the world premieres of movies by James Benning, Jean-Marie Straub or Klaus Wyborny, as well as the presence of the british musician and PULP guitarist Jarvis Cocker who presented THE BIG MELT and PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH AND SUPERMARKETS himself on November 6.

V'13

OUTCOME OF THE VIENNALE 2013

As the Viennale came to an end with the screening of LOCKE by Steven Knight, the Viennale is happy to announce an increase in the number of visitors this year to 97,400, compared with 96,900 in 2012. At the same time, the percentage of available seats sold slightly decreased from 79.6% to 77.8%, mainly due to additional 11 pm screenings at Vienna’s Gartenbaukino.

The total number of film screenings this year was 356, 116 of which were sold out.

The special programs Wild Ethnography: The Work of Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab, Asian Delights and The Raw and the Cooked received a surprisingly good public response, while the program on the Filipino filmmaker John Torres and certain short film programs did not quite meet our expectations.

Organized in collaboration with the Filmmuseum, the Jerry Lewis Retrospective, showing until November 24, will have an estimated total of 4,600 visitors.

Among the festival’s highlights were the Austrian premiere of LE DERNIER DES INJUSTES in the presence of director Claude Lanzmann, the great gala evening dedicated to and featuring Jackie Stewart, and the presentation of the opus magnum OUT 1 – NOLI ME TANGERE by Jacques Rivette in the presence of the cinema legend of the nouvelle vague, Jean-Pierre Léaud. Tonight’s gala evening at the Gartenbau cinema in the presence of our tribute guest Will Ferrell, and the closing film of the Viennale 2013 festival, LOCKE, will be two further exceptional events.

For me, this year’s Viennale has been one of the most attractive and successful festivals in recent years, not only in terms of the numerous guests, but also the films, special programs, and extremely positive reactions from both audiences and international film critics,” says Viennale director Hans Hurch.

 

V'12

14 days, 345 screenings and 96,900 visitors

OUTCOME OF THE VIENNALE 2012

Coming to an end with today’s screening of the closing film L'INTERVALLO by Leonardo di Costanzo, Viennale 2012 recorded an attendance of 96,900. As compared to last year’s 96,700, the festival thus saw a slight increase in the number of visitors. On the other hand, the overall attendance slightly decreased from 79.9% in 2011 to 79.6% in 2012.

The number of film screenings remained more or less the same as last year’s, with a total of 345 screenings, 114 of which were sold-out.

As in previous years, the 2012 festival largely owes this stable result to the program in the spacious Gartenbaukino, but also to the success of individual tributes and special programs. The Tribute to Michael Caine received great public response, and so did the Filmarchiv Austria program Vienna – Moscow, while the special program They Wanted to See Something Different and the first comprehensive international presentation of Alberto Grifi’s body of work – somewhat surprisingly – did not meet our expectations.

Realized in collaboration with the Filmmuseum, the Fritz Lang retrospective, still showing at the Filmmuseum until November 29, scored a great result and will have an estimated total of 6,500 visitors.

Undoubtedly among the festival’s highlights were the gala evening with Michael Caine, the event Monument Film with Peter Kubelka and the exclusive performance by American artist Patti Smith at the Metrokino.

The new Viennale festival center in the former headquarters of the Austrian federal post office at Dominikanerbastei turned out to be the liveliest and most popular festival center in many years – and a special attraction for the numerous national and international Viennale visitors.

V'11

BALANCE OF THE VIENNALE 2011

Coming to an end with a screening of the closing film THE IDES OF MARCH by George Clooney, the Viennale 2011 continues on its path of success. With an attendance of 96,700 at the 2011 festival as compared to 2010, the Viennale saw a slight increase in the number of visitors, less so than in previous years but at the same time an important and wonderful confirmation of the Viennale’s steadily growing popularity. The festival’s overall attendance figures also rose slightly from 79.80% in 2010 to 79.90% at the Viennale 2011. The number of film screenings remained more or less the same as last year’s with a total of 347 screenings, and so did the number of sold-out screenings, which totaled 120 this year. Contributing significantly to the 2011 festival’s success were the numerous fully booked screenings and gala events at the spacious Gartenbaukino, the almost completely sold-out special program Home Run featuring new Austrian films, and the unexpected popularity of films such as ALPIS, TERRI, DRIVE, TOMBOY, TAKE SHELTER, SUBMARINE, HESHER, BIR ZAMANLAR ANADOLU’DA, AMERICANO and BÉ OMID É DIDAR to name but a few.

 

TRIBUTES & SPECIAL PROGRAMS

While the Tribute to Harry Belafonte was extremely successful, as expected, the first international homage to Soi Cheang did not quite meet our expectations.

RETROSPECTIVE - Chantal Akermann

Realized in collaboration with the Filmmuseum, this year’s retrospective was dedicated to Chantal Akerman and was a huge success with 4,500 visitors.More than 500 viewers enjoyed the premiere of Akerman’s most recent film at the Gartenbaukino.

In summary, we can once again point to the Viennale audience’s exceptional curiosity and zest for discovery. They received the festival’s cinematic complexity and wide variety of extremely different works, styles, genres and stories with great interest and incredible openness,” says festival director Hans Hurch. “This is wonderfully promising for the great 50th anniversary of the Viennale in 2012.

V'10

With the Tributes and Special Programs, the program dedicated to the American director Larry Cohen was one of the most successful in recent years, featuring a number of sold-out screenings. A positive surprise, also last year, was the outstanding attendance at the special on Austrian silent films of the 1920s organized by Filmarchiv Austria. The tribute to the French cameraman William Lubtchansky, on the other hand, did not quite meet our expectations.

Realized in collaboration with the Filmmuseum, the annual Retrospective was dedicated to Eric Rohmer this year and scored a great outcome with almost 4,700 visitors.

Spontaneously organized together with the ORF, an additional matinée managed to fill the Gartenbaukino on Sunday morning. More than 700 viewers enjoyed the film Scheitern, scheitern, besser scheitern with Gert Voss and Harald Schmidt in the leading roles.

The extremely comprehensive short film program at the Viennale 2010 met with great public response, and the short film program shown for the first time this year at Gartenbaukino also proved a success.

For the second time running, the Badeschiff at Vienna’s Danube Canal served as the Viennale’s festival center. Among the highlights were the performance by John Turturro, the enlightening Discussion on Vienna and the DJ-Line with the German designer Bernhard Willhelm. The very well-attended events on the Badeschiff clearly show that the location was even better received by festival-goers than last year.

“We appreciate the fact that we have succeeded to establish a mutual relationship between the festival and its audience over the years,” says Viennale director Hans Hurch. “It is a relationship based on trust, also allowing for more risky programming, which is honored by the audience – seen in the great success of this year’s extensive short film program and the tribute to Larry Cohen. In this respect, the Viennale can be regarded as a love story between the cinema and the audience.”

V'09

BALANCE OF THE VIENNALE 2009
With a total of 94,800 Viennale-goers, the 2009 festival scored a considerable increase in the number of visitors.
The festival’s attendance figures rose from 76.80% in 2008 to 79.60% at the Viennale 2009.
While the number of film showings more or less remained the same with a total of 345 screenings, the number of sold-out screenings rose to 124. This means that more than a third of the screenings was sold out.
As for feature films and documentaries in the 2009-program, the capacity remained approximately the same, which proves how equal the Viennale considers these two film genres.
 
Tilda Swinton, Viennale 2009TRIBUTES & SPECIALS
As expected, the most successful program among the tributes and special programs at this year’s Viennale was the one dedicated to actress Tilda Swinton. A surprise success, on the other hand, was the outstanding attendance at the special program on early Austrian cinema organized by Filmarchiv Austria. However, despite its great success with international film critics, the tribute to Filipino filmmaker Lino Brocka did not quite meet our expectations.
 

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Viennale 2009RETROSPECTIVE - The Unquiet American – Transgressive Comedies from the U.S.
The annual Retrospective, realized in collaboration with the Filmmuseum, was a big success again this year. About 6,000 viewers saw the films of the program The Unquiet American – Transgressive Comedies from the U.S., curated by Jonathan Rosenbaum.

For me this year’s Viennale was one of the most beautiful and successful editions to date,” says Viennale director Hans Hurch. “I therefore consider it as encouragement and the task of the festival to continue taking an individual, and at times obstinate, path with all necessary changes in the years to come.

 

V'08

MAIN PROGRAM
Due to a larger number of screenings, the capacity sank from 79.20% in 2007 to 76.80% at the Viennale 2008. Out of a total of 332 film screenings, 116, i.e., approximately a third, were sold out. The capacity of feature films and documentaries in this year’s program was more or less at the same level, a circumstance that has been a distinctive feature of the Viennale for years.
 
TRIBUTES & SPECIALS
Among the tributes and special programs, the program dedicated to Franz Schwartz, featuring films of the Stadtkino distribution from the last 27 years, was a surprise hit.
The Bob Dylan tribute presenting a series of great music films that were screened at Gartenbaukino partly did not quite meet our expectations.
The special evenings that the Viennale dedicated to its guest of honor, Werner Schroeter, can be considered one of the highlights of this year’s festival. These included the screening of Malina in the presence of leading actress Isabelle Huppert, the gala evening at Gartenbaukino presenting Schroeter’s latest film, Nuit de chien, and not least the sold-out Ingrid Caven concert at Akademietheater.
 
RETROSPECTIVE - Los Angeles. A City in Film

A fixed feature in the Viennale program is the annual retrospective, realized in collaboration with the Austrian Film Museum. This year’s retrospective, «Los Angeles – A City in Film», was curated by American filmmaker and author Thom Andersen and was a big success with the audience: with about 4500 visitors it was one of the most successful film programs of recent years.

 

COMMISSIONED WORKS

Another important feature of this year’s Viennale were two films commissioned especially for the festival: the Viennale-Trailer Une catastrophe by Jean-Luc Godard and the video project Empires of Tin by Jem Cohen.

 

V'07

Balance of the Viennale 2007: 12 days, 321 screenings and a new record attendance...

MAIN PROGRAM
With a total of 91,700 Viennale-goers, more people than ever before have visited the festival. In comparison, we had 88.900 visitors last year.
Out of a total of 321 film screenings, 126 were sold out. The total capacity increased from 78.40% in 2006 to 79.20% at the VIENNALE 2007.
In this regard it is interesting to compare topical feature and documentary films. While they were at the same level last year, the capacity of feature films came to 84.3% and documentary films to 76.7% in 2007.

TRIBUTES & SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Among the tributes and special programs, the personal tribute to Jane Fonda was a huge success with the public, and so was the special program dedicated to American filmmaker Stephanie Rothman.
Realized by Filmarchiv Austria, the program “Proletarisches Kino in Österreich” (“Proletarian Cinema in Austria”), of which a large number of screenings were also sold out, can be regarded as a surprise hit of this year’s Viennale.
The hopes we had put into the special program dedicated to Danny Williams, consisting of films by and about the filmmaker, did not quite come up to our expectations.

RETROSPECTIVE – The Way of the Termite

A fixed feature in the Viennale program is the annual retrospective, realized in collaboration with the Österreichische Filmmuseum. The extensive and demanding program “The Way of the Termite – The Essay in Cinema 1909 – 2004” was curated by filmmaker and critic Jean-Pierre Gorin and accompanied by a series of selected lectures. With some 4000 visitors this retrospective scored a considerable success.

V'06

12 days, 313 screenings, 119 film guests from all over the world, extraordinarly high interest in the documentary film program and the short films, great attendance at the Peter Whitehead Tribute and the Retrospective Demy/Varda, as well as a repeatedly filled Uranie rooftop at the Viennale Zentrale with a lot of discussions and party nights - this was the Viennale 2006!

MAIN PROGRAM
The Viennale 2006 is again drawing a very positive and successful balance this year. With 88,900 visitors, more people than ever before have attended the film festival. For comparison: last year’s figure was 86,200. Of the total of 313 screenings 114 were sold out.
Especially outstanding and by now doubtlessly a specificity of the Viennese film festival is the extraordinary high audience interest in the comprehensive documentary film program. With a final ratio of 79.40% the documentary film program could catch up to the figures of the Viennale feature film program for the first time this year.
The situation is similar regarding short films. This near-balance of interest in the most diverse forms and formats of cinema proves the great curiosity and openness the visitors of the Viennale are bringing along.
Within the series of Austrian documentaries, which were numerously represented at this year’s Viennale, practically all screenings and second screenings were completely sold out. This again proves the lively interest for local cinema within the framework of the festival.

TRIBUTES & SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Among the Tributes and Special Programs of the Viennale 2006 the tribute to Peter Whitehead, as well as the birthday special for Elfriede Jelinek with the author’s selection of her favourite films were especially successful.
Yet, the tribute “Sisters Act” and some of the films on the big screen of the Gartenbau Cinema - Gone with the Wind, Night of the Hunter, or Cobra Woman – fell a bit short of the festival’s expectations.
RETROSPECTIVE - DEMY / VARDA

A highlight of the Viennale was certainly the yearly Retrospective, presented in cooperation with the Austrian Filmmuseum and dedicated to the French filmmaker couple Jacques Demy and Agnès Varda. With its 4,500 visitors it was one of the most successful retrospectives of the past years.

 

V'05

12 days, 305 screenings and a new audience record: we are looking back to an eventful festival with great films, interesting guests and exciting supporting programs…

MAIN PROGRAM
All in all, 86,200 film enthusiasts were visiting the Viennale's 5 festival cinemas. Besides some guaranteed box office hits, like the opening film “Matchpoint” by Woody Allen, Miranda July’s “Me And You And Everyone We Know”, which even managed to fill a breakfast screening at 6.30 in the morning, or the new work by the Dardenne brothers “L’Enfant”, and the extraordinary 11-hour Philippine family chronic “Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino” by Lav Diaz, a considerate number of those films which can not score with big names like Scorsese or Clooney found great response: for instance, the German-Indian documentary “Between the Lines”, Aoyama Shinji’s “Eli, eli, lema sabachthani?”, or the Moroccan film “L’enfant endormi”.
 

TRIBUTES & SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Next to the films of the main program, the Special Programs to the Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa, the Chinese silent film diva Ruan Lingyu, the proletarian cinema and ORF 3, as well as the Tributes to Buenos Aires and, of course, to cult actress Jane Birkin with a great selection of her films, attracted the Viennale visitors.

RETROSPECTIVE - Andy Warhol Filmmaker

Besides his legendary Screen Tests, the comprehensive retrospective to Andy Warhol's filmic work at the Austrian Film Gallery featured a number of films from his time at the Factory.
Accompanying the retrospective, the Viennale presented a series of lectures and discussions with the title “Why Warhol Matters”, dealing with Warhol’s film work, as well as other aspects of the great artist.

 

V'04

285 screenings. 81 retro-screenings. 289 films. 78 guests. 540 accredited journalists. 1 Bonus Track Day. An audience of 81,600.

«Every film festival, no matter how well run, usually has a few problems. But in my three years attending the VIENNALE International Film Festival, I still haven’t found any problems at this one – of the dozens of domestic and international fests I’ve been lucky enough to attend, this one tops my list. The VIENNALE is the kind of event tha can erase your cynicism about film festivals an renew your passion for cinema.» (IndieWIRE.com)
 

PREMIERES
A number of world and international premieres took place during the VIENNALE 2004, including:
"13 Lakes" by James Benning, "Fei-Zao-Ju" ('Soap Opera') by Wu Ershan, "Williamsburg, Brooklyn" by Jonas Mekas, "Nicht Ohne Risiko" by Harun Farocki, "Hakoah Lischot" ('Watermarks') by Yaron Zilberman, "Everyone Their Grain Of Sand" by Beth Bird und "Trona" by David Fenster.
TRIBUTES & SPECIAL PROGRAMS

The Tributes of the Viennale 2004 were dedicated to the Special Guest Star LAUREN BACALL and to AMOS VOGEL. The Special Programs were dedicated to the japanese director KOREEDA HIROKAZU, the french film-maker JEAN-PIERRE GORIN and the hungarian director PAUL FEJOS.

Jean-Marie Straub, Jean-Pierre Gorin, Viennale 2004RETROSPECTIVE - The Grapes of Wrath and Tenderness

The films of Straub/Huillet have long been an important part of the Viennale’s program, and this year the Viennale presented a retrospective in cooperation with the Filmmuseum.
At the invitation of the Viennale Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub have put together a selection of this great director’s work, drawing on their personal experience and years of watching Ford’s oeuvre closely.

VIENNALE ZENTRALE

The Viennale Zentrale on the top floor of the Urania has proved a perfect festival meeting point. Several discussions, audience talks, Jean-Pierre Gorin’s 'Working Class' lectures, parties and other events took place.
'Gonzales' who opened the Viennale with a great performance was the first to attract a great audience. Also, the series of Filmmakers at the Turntables and the 'Von Spar' + DJ Thomas (MiniMonsters of spex) concert were big highlights for our loyal Viennale community.

 

V'03

277 screenings. 302 films. 77 guests. 560 accredited journalists. 1 extra day. An audience of 75,200.

A DESIRE FOR INNOVATION

At no other film festival in the world is there such an intense feeling of experiment and subversion, the desire for innovation. (Fritz Göttler, Süddeutsche Zeitung)
The fact that this desire for innovation also gripped the audience is shown by the box-office statistics, including those for the less-popular films. A number of this year’s favorites were unexpected, as was the great interest in current films from Iceland to South Korea. At the same time the program tended to focus on the USA, with many critical views.

PREMIERES
The 2003 Viennale also offered a venue for a number of world premieres, including: "Kenedi se vraca kuci" (Zelimir Zilnik), "Shang Shan" (Zhu Chuanming), "James Benning – Circling the Image" (Reinhard Wulf), "Handbikemovie" (Martin Bruch), "Domestic Violence 2" (Frederick Wiseman), "The Cedar Bar" (Alfred Leslie), "Los Angeles Plays Itself" (Thom Andersen), "Awake and Sing" (Lee Anne Schmitt), "Il mare e la torta" (Edgar Honetschläger) and "Die Verwandlung des guten Nachbarn" (Peter Nestler).
 
TRIBUTES & SPECIAL PROGRAMS

The Tributes 2003 were dedicated to Emile De Antonio, Warren Beatty and the Munich-based recordlabel ECM.
The special programs covered - as usual - almost all types of film genre and several parts of the history of film. The special program dedicated to the work of Vincent Gallo who won the FIPRESCI Award 2003 was enthusiastically affiliated by the public.
The Special Program "Cinematography, Elementary" took us back to the very beginnings of cinema: The Austrian Film Archive presented a number of treasures from its collection of early films. And last but not least: The werkstattkino Munich presented the type of cinema it stands for: a type of cinema which flies in the face of classic categories of genre, taste and art as well as the terms trash, fashion and cult.

 

V'02

Viennale 2002: 12 festival days. 244 screenings. 237 films. (Films, that for the most part won´t be shown in the regular film theatres). 76 filmguests and 468 Accreditates. And 70,400 visitors

MAIN PROGRAM
The Viennale programme 2002 is ambitious in a non speculative way. More than ever the Viennale disassociates itself from the every day cinema and its established values by treading on less known filmic terrain. (Claus Philipp)
Film as a medley. That is also Agnès Varda´s principle. She presented „Deux ans après“, a great tribute to potato-pickers and other residue-consumers as well as to those film makers who want to expose what the rest of the world doesn´t want to see.
"One has to get away from the prejudice thinking when one wants to make such discoveries. And above all, one has to get away from two-classes-theory in film history, USA vs. Europe, Hollywood vs. Avantgarde.“ (Fritz Göttler, Süddeutsche Zeitung)

In the special programm series two films received very good reactions: Agnès Varda´s Deux ans après (world premiere) and the first international presentation of the collected works of Zeki Demirkubuz. Also highly acclaimed were the lecture out of the new book, written by Dietrich Kuhlbrodt and the presentation of the two ´Japanese visuals´programms.
Apart from Deux ans après there were some more world premieres: Sulla (Klaus Wyborny), Vaters Land (Nurith Aviv), Im Anfang war der Blick (Bady Minck), Nach dem Tod des alten Roms (Meinhart Ropp), Turhan Bey – Vom Glück verfolgt (Andrea Eckert), Erwachen aus dem Schicksal (Stephan Settele).
The Viennale also was able to present some (in the festival world) important European premieres: Auto Focus (Paul Schrader), Frailty (Bill Paxton), Last Ball (Peter Callahan), Architecture of Riot (Erika Vogt), Battle Stations – A Navel Adventure (Dominic Angerame), Nightingale (Lee Ann Schmitt), National Archive V.1 und An Injury to One (Travis Wilkerson), Une vie nouvelle (Philippe Grandrieux).

 

RETROSPEKTIVE - Das Kino des Jacques Rivette

Jacques Rivette is the most undetected, mysterious and probably also least-known director among the legendary filmmakers of the French “Nouvelle Vague”.
The festival presented the first complete retrospective on Jacques Rivette in Austria, including his seldom-shown twelve-and-a-half-hour series Out 1: Noli me tangere (1970).
The Viennale also succeeded in convincing Jacques Rivette to put together a collection of his favorite films and juxtapose them with his own films.

 

Yoko Ono, Viennale 2002 EXHIBITION - YOKO ONO

The “Yoko Ono – FROM MY WINDOW” exhibit, which was shown in the Klaus Engelhorn Galery to a major response from the media, and was personally introduced by the artist herself.
As hoped, an unforgettable event was the result. Unfortunately, it could not be witnessed by the mass of visitors who showed up; the gallery’s window was so steamed up after a short time that even this view from the sidelines was cut off.
Surrounded by hundreds of guests and numerous photographers and camerapeople, Yoko Ono opened her show with a short speech and a poem.
Galerist Klaus Engelhorn and Hans-Peter Wipplinger, the show’s initiator, limited themselves to minimalist versions of their prepared speeches so that the guests both inside and outside the gallery (the latter group included a few international journalists who came especially for this event) could begin their tours of the show as soon as possible. Quiet contemplation of individual works was of course impossible in light of the circumstances, but as the show has been extended to November 20th, there will be sufficient time for that later.

 

V'01

68.100 cineasts visited the Viennale 2001 with an average attendance of 72,60%.
 

MAIN PROGRAM
A sum total of 64 sold out performances out of 220 screenings was good news for the festival, but less for those who did not manage to get tickets.
TRIBUTES UND SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Apart from the extensive main program of new films, the Tributes - devoted to the legendary actress Fay Wray and to the German documentary filmmaker Peter Nestler - were met with an extraordinary attention and great reception. As usual, many of the festival favourites came unexpectedly: the new films of the so-called world cinema - ranging from Sri Lanka to Uruguay - found huge interest. So did rare gems of cinema history taken from the vaults of the film archives. The audience’s interest for documentaries – even the most unconventional such as Jonas Mekas‘ four-hour home movie or Frederick Wiseman’s study „Domestic Violence“ –,for experimental shorts, and lengthy cinema epics was equally overwhelming and unexpected.

The varying Special Programs were also attended with great response: most notably the first international presentation of the films of the young director Alain Guiraudie, but also the reading from Ilse Aichinger’s new book „Film und Verhängnis“, and the presentation of the innovative French media research centre Le Fresnoy.
 
RETROSPECTIVE - From the Heart of the World

The Viennale undertook to take stock and map the cinematographic territory of the Central Asian Republics of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. The comprehensive retrospective “Aus dem Herzen der Welt - From the Heart of the World” included recent works as well as films of the “New Wave” mentioned above and a selection of classics, which helped to lay the foundations to the traditions of the cinema of this region. A season of short films largely unknown in the West and a splendid program of rare documentaries organised in cooperation with “Cinéma du reél” formed a central aspect of the retrospective.

 

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