Retrospective 2016


Themes and Variations in Film - October 14 - November 30, 2016

Allegedly, everything has been done before. History repeats itself, be it as tragedy or as farce or just because or for no particular reason. Everywhere, we constantly hear: back to the beginning, start all over, second chance, new attempt. What luck! In this way everything stays in motion, a free-floating interplay of the elements, keeping open the possibility that everything could actually also be completely different or will be one day. For instance, that it is not about the money that can be made with a spiffed-up remake of a cherished old film, but about passing on a story to a new generation. In this sense, the 2016 Retrospective by the Viennale and the Austrian Film Museum focuses not on one theme, but on many. It devotes itself to themes and their variations in film, from the past to the present day, crossing genres and continents, while sounding out a few terms with regard to their content and usability along the way. The aim is to get beyond the mercantilist vocabulary of contemporary mainstream cinema, beyond words such as remake, sequel, prequel, reboot and spin-off, in order to explore the subject matter, its wealth (of meaning) and the numerous possibilities of processing it.

October 14 - November 30, 2016
The Austrian Film Museum, Augustinerstraße 1, 1010 Vienna
Phone: 0043 (0)1 533 70 54 •