Sujet for a film retrospektive
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Each year, the Viennale brings the latest films of various genres to Vienna from around the world. Among them are unknown and off-beat discoveries as well as popular big-budget films that have already been released at festivals like Cannes and Buenos Aires. For example, “Synonymes“ by Nadav Lapid and “Vitalina Varela“ by Pedro Costa. “Varda par Agnès” by the late master director Agnès Varda will be part of the program as will “Amazing Grace” about the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, which was in parts directed by Sydney Pollack. The Austrian cinema will be represented as well, among others by the futuristic psycho thriller “Little Joe” by Jessica Hausner and “Dieser Film ist ein Geschenk” by Anja Salomonowitz, a film about the artist Daniel Spoerri.

Partisan film retrospective

This year’s big retrospective, held in collaboration with the Austrian Film Museum, will focus on the partisan film. The series “O Partigiano! Pan-European Partisan Film” will be based on a film genre that emerged after World War II across Europe and that played an important role in particular in the Soviet Union and in Yugoslavia. A hot tip is “Roma Città Aperta“ (Rome, Open City) by Roberto Rossellini from 1946, and “Battle Of Neretva”, starring Yul Brynner, Franco Nero, Curd Jürgens, Orson Welles, and Hardy Krüger (Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1969).

The German filmmaker Angela Schanelec and the French film artist Pierre Creton, who is not part of the big film industry and therefore makes particularly bold films, are the subjects of this year’s monographs. Another focus will be on the work of the Tunisian Ala Eddine Slim and on the Portuguese filmmaker Sílvia das Fadas, who is interested in film as material per se.

Contemporary Brazilian films will be featured as well as the re-discovered works of the Viennese silent movie pioneer Louise Kolm-Fleck, who brought a different angle to an industry that used to be dominated by men.

The Viennale is also always a great place for very popular parties, concerts, and premieres. They tend to take place at the Festival headquarters, i.e. on the ground floor of Kunsthalle Wien at MuseumsQuartier.


October 24 to November 6, 2019
Various cinemas in Vienna
The full Viennale program is available online from October 15:
Advance sales from October 19, 2018

Festival headquarters:

Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier

Museumsplatz 1
1070 Wien
Film still of Jessica Hausner's film "Little Joe"

“Little Joe” by the Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hauser

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Film still from "Amazing Grace" with Aretha Franklin

"Amazing Grace" with Soul Queen Aretha Franklin

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Film still of "Varda par Agnès" with Agnès Varda

"Varda par Agnès" by the late master director Agnès Varda

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The Gartenbau cinema

The Gartenbau cinema is the main screening venue of the Viennale.

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