Contemporary Austrian Film

Austria’s avant-garde film tradition has been among the most sustained and radical of such traditions. As with other Austrian arts, it is a response (in part) to past national decadence and conservatism; its repository of cutting-edge experimental film and video works is uniquely impressive and progressive. Works that experiment with sonic art and digital technology, works that wreak havoc with the retina, this selection is an attempt to define a poetic edge within a vast array of production while (re)discovering new ways of entering into the “material” and the frame, and examining the mechanics of cinema.

from Breaking Ground: 60 Years of Austrian Experimental Cinema, 2012, UCLA Film & Television Archive

Austria’s avant-garde film tradition has been among the most sustained and radical of such traditions. As with other Austrian arts, it is a response (in part) to past national decadence and conservatism; its repository of cutting-edge experimental film and video works is uniquely impressive and progressive. Works that experiment with sonic art and digital technology, works that wreak havoc with the retina, this selection is an attempt to define a poetic edge within a vast array of production while (re)discovering new ways of entering into the “material” and the frame, and examining the mechanics of cinema.

from Breaking Ground: 60 Years of Austrian Experimental Cinema, 2012, UCLA Film & Television Archive


From September 24 to 30 we offer an insight into the contemporary Austrian documentary and experimental filmmaking. Martin Bruch, Sigfried A. Fruhauf, Johanes Hammel, Andreas Horvath, Timo Novotny, Anja Salomonowitz and Lotte Schreiber; each represented by a number of short or feature length films to illustrate the Austrian experimental and documentary film production of the last two decades.
Look through, STREAM for FREE from September 24 to 30 and find your favorite!

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