Retrospective 2015


A Small Zoology of Cinema

October 16 - November 30, 2015

The presentation of animals on the screen is reminiscent of taming, of capturing a world that is practically alien to us. It is no coincidence that we speak of the animal kingdom – a realm that has also been explored, investigated and conquered in cinema for more than a hundred years. Thus, speaking of the “animal in film” firstly means looking at the unknown, as familiar as it may seem. In this regard, Robert Bresson’s AU HAZARD BALTHAZAR is one of the most beautiful and also one of the most poetical animal movies as it exposes the familiar in the unfamiliar. It shows how people afflict harm on all other creatures and take advantage of them, and how they are capable of sympathy and empathy at the same time. When dealing with animals, all is not lost for man, and many an animal – especially the dog – might be considered man’s best friend. In cinema, however, the animal is literally the natural counterpart to civilization. On the screen, then, animals strike a nerve that touches upon our fears and desires. The animal becomes an object of projection and reflection at the same time.

October 16 - November 30, 2015
The Austrian Film Museum, Augustinerstraße 1, 1010 Vienna
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