Celebrating the Archive
From the perspective of time, the experience of contemporary cinema is consolidated through the background of its history. That’s why the Viennale is placing a spotlight on a section devoted to films which are part of our universal filmic heritage and which have recently – and literally – seen the light again thanks to the process of restoration. We have the opportunity to discover, or rediscover, filmic jewels from former decades: the ‘90s, the ‘80s, the ‘70s, and the ‘60s. For various reasons these films have been out of circulation; films like Paulo Rocha’s A ILHA DOS AMORES (1982), one of the Portuguese master’s most peculiar films; or TAHIA YA DIDOU (1971) by Mohamed Zinet, which was relegated to a corner by Algerian authorities until the Cinémathèque d’Alger rediscovered it. These restorations are the fruits of a joint collaboration by institutions in numerous countries, including the Austrian Filmmuseum, thanks to which we were able to include a double program of recently rescued films by James Benning, with the world premiere of O PANAMA.