Viennale-Direktor Hans Hurch mit Jarvis Cocker © Viennale | Alexander Tuma

Viennale 2014 in retrospect

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 with an increase in the number of visitors this year to 98.200.
The percentage of available seats sold increased to 81,7%, the number of sold out screenings increased to 131.

Uncommon and risky special programs like SPECIAL: REVOLUTIONS IN 16MM, IN FOCUS: TARIQ TEGUIA and SPECIAL: FRITZ KORTNER 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. Again the cooperation with the Austrian Film Museum was successful: The John Ford Retrospective which screens until November 30 recorded 5.000 visitors extrapolated to its total span.

Also this year outstanding filmic works were awarded:
In 2014 the WIENER FILMPREIS was awarded to MACONDO (Sudabeh Mortezai, A 2014) in the category feature film and to WE COME AS FRIENDS (Hubert Sauper, F/A 2013) in the category documentary. The STANDARD READERS JURY AWARD was given to Pascale Ferran for BIRD PEOPLE (F 2014). For COURT (India/2014) Chaitanya Tamhane received the FIPRESCI AWARD. The MehrWERT -Filmpreis der Erste Bank was awarded to MACONDO (Sudabeh Mortezai, A 2014) and EDEN’S EDGE (THREE SHORTS ON THE CALIFORNIAN DESERT) (Gerhard Treml, Leo Calice, A/USA 2014)

Detailed information about the festival events and the prize winners are part of the archive.