Special film-historical programs

Special Program: Alfred Kaiser

Presented by the Austrian Film Museum

Alfred Kaiser: Kaiserschnitt © Sammlung Österreichisches Filmmuseum

Alfred Kaiser: Kaiserschnitt © Sammlung Österreichisches Filmmuseum

Filmmaker, painter, composer, musician, and writer: with the freshly restored work of Alfred Kaiser (1940–1994), the Austrian film museum presents a figure from local film history who is little known despite his diverse artistic talents. His works present radical versions of documentary cinema: A pioneering oeuvre, shown on the big screen for the first time in a long time. Not to be missed!

Diagonale 2015 presents:
Program 1
Ein drittes Reich (1975)
Noch ein drittes Reich aus seinem Abfall (1977)
Introduction: Georg Wasner
Program 2
Kaiserschnitt – eine Operette (1977)
Introduction: Georg Wasner
Program 3
Zetteldämmerung (1979)
Introduction: Alejandro Bachmann


Special Program: The Exiled Avant-garde

Presented by SYNEMA
The series of historic films entitled FilmExil, courtesy of the seasoned cooperation with Synema, draws on filmmakers with Austrian roots who were driven out by the National Socialists.

Ernö Metzner: Polizeibericht Überfall © filmexil@synema.at

Ernö Metzner: Polizeibericht Überfall © filmexil@synema.at

“A film is art when an independent artist works on it,” according to Alexander Hackenschmied, enthusiastic avant-gardist in Prague of the 1930s and later a trailblazer in independent cinema in the U.S. His pioneering work Bezúčelná procházka offers the start to the historical series. Three programs commemorate several (old-)Austrian filmmakers who shaped innovative cinema in its early days, before they were forced to leave their places of work in Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.

Curated by Brigitte Mayr and Michael Omasta

Diagonale 2015 presents:
Program 1
Bezúčelná procházka (Spaziergang ins Blaue, Alexander Hackenschmied, 1930)
Ze soboty na neděli (Von Samstag auf Sonntag, Gustav Machatý, 1931)
Introduction: Brigitte Mayr
Program 2: Subversive Shorts
Polizeibericht Überfall (Ernő Metzner, 1928/29)
Impressionen vom alten Marseiller Hafen (László Moholy-Nagy, 1929)
L’Idée (Berthold Bartosch, 1932)
Im Schatten der Maschine. Ein Montagefilm (Albrecht Viktor Blum, Leo Lania, 1928)
Chasing the Blues (J. D. Chambers, Jack Ellitt, 1947)
Introduction: Michael Omasta
Program 3
The Robber Symphony (Friedrich Feher, GB 1936)
Introduction: Christian Cargnelli

Kurt Steinwendner: Der Rabe © Filmarchiv Austria

Kurt Steinwendner: Der Rabe © Filmarchiv Austria


Special Program: Self-Will and History

Presented by Filmarchiv Austria

Film as history. History in film: Along a broad spectrum of different types of films, such as trailers, weekly overview reports, avant-garde and feature films, in three chapters, the Filmarchiv Austria pursues the changeful charged relationship of film and history—including shifts in perspective and agitation: from the trauma of World War I and its expression in film to the politically contested 1930s and the postwar era through to the present. Naturally, numerous gems from the archive will surface on this journey through time.

Curated by Thomas Ballhausen

Diagonale 2015 presents:
Program 1: Entropie
100 mal „Welt im Film“ (Bizone 1947)
Der Rabe (Kurt Steinwendner, Wolfgang Kudrnofsky, 1951)
Im Museum (Werner Kofler, 1993)
Müllers Büro (Trailer) (Niki List, 1986)
Apariciones (Maria Luz Olivares Capelle, 2014)
Program 2: Manipulationen
Österreich in Bild und Ton Nr. 37a/1934 (1934)
Schulter an Schulter (Compilation: Erwin Wratschko, 1936)
Ostmark-Wochenschau Nr. 12/1938 (1938)
Wahlwerbefilm zur Volksabstimmung am 10. April 1938 (1938)
Program 3: Narben
Defilee von österreichischen Kriegsinvaliden im Ersten Weltkrieg (1918)
Orlac’s Hände (Robert Wiene, 1925), musical accompaniment by David Schweighart

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