Special: Flesh and Blood

FLESH AND BLOOD

Austrian Pulp: Genre Cinema from Vienna and Elsewhere

While the vast, independent B-movie history has long been explored in Italy, Japan and the USA, the disdainfully spurned German genre and exploitation cinema has been waiting to be discovered for many decades now. Regarded as too wild, impetuous and indecent for film support and author cinema, and too artistic, experimental and idiosyncratic for commercial cinema, it is particularly the unimaginable narrative and formal freedom of this stepchild status that has inspired many filmmakers. What’s striking are the close personal interrelations between Germany and Austria, and the rich repertoire of exciting stories spiced with sex & crime, twilight and thrill. Previously, these were only honored at independent aficionado events such as the psychotronic “Besonders wertlos” festival in Cologne, the cinephilic “Hofbauer-Kongress” in Nuremberg and in cult venues including Munich’s Werkstattkino. Now, an extensive presentation devotes itself to this outrageously different Austrian cinema for the first time in Vienna. “Flesh and Blood” includes 41 programs, 14 of which will be screened during the Viennale.

A film presentation by Filmarchiv Austria, Institut Schamlos and Viennale.