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.”