From Vault to Screen: Austria
June 13 – 28, 2020
The occasional series From Vault to Screen combines recent restorations and overlooked treasures from international film archives. The Gallery is pleased to present ten programs that sample the distinctive cinematic heritage of Austria, beginning with a pioneering expressionist work and concluding with a recent production based on the life of a romantic poet. Contrary to the misconception that Austrian films are emotionally distant or demanding, these films are resonant with thoughtful perceptions and powerful feelings. Filmarchiv Austria is the principal keeper of the country's cinematic heritage. The archive's repository houses not only a collection of more than 3 million films but also one of Europe's most extensive assemblages of historical technology. Special thanks to Filmarchiv Austria; the Embassy of Austria; and sixpackfilm, a nonprofit organization that works to preserve and present Austria's experimental cinema and video art.