News from the Archive
Cinematography is also a historical science, and the experience of contemporary cinema is shaped by its film-historical background. Thus the Viennale is placing a spotlight on films that are part of our universal cinematic heritage and that have recently – and literally – seen the light of day again thanks to restoration work. The section News from the Archive offers the opportunity to (re-)discover cinematic jewels of past decades – from the 1970s to the 1990s – that had disappeared from the scene for various reasons. These include films such as A ILHA DOS AMORES by Paulo Rocha, one of the Portuguese master’s most peculiar works, and Mohamed Zinet’s TAHIA YA DIDOU, which had been relegated to a corner by Algerian authorities until the Cinémathèque d’Alger unburied it. These restorations are the fruits of a joint collaboration by institutions in numerous countries, including the Austrian Filmmuseum, thanks to which we are able to present a double program of recently rescued films by James Benning – and the world premiere of O PANAMA.