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!
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.