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.
TRIBUTES & 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.
RETROSPECTIVE - 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.”