Austria Magnified

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Austrian cinema with the AUSTRIA MAGNIFIED special! From the USA to China, from the Middle Ages to a dystopian future,
the programme on Austrian cinema takes you on a thought-provoking journey through time and space. Experience raw emotions, from a drama of a drug-addicted mother and her child
to the enthralling love story of a Hungarian countess and the Empress of Austria.
Witness the hilarity of two couples embarking on a quest for a kidney donor and follow
the trials and tribulations of an eccentric homosexual lieutenant in the Austrian army. The Austrian film landscape is one of the most creative and diverse in Europe. As part
of the focus Austria Magnified, we present a curated overview of film highlights
from recent years. Contemporary Austrian cinema looks deep into people’s souls with a painfully honest gaze but it doesn’t forget to entertain. With our selection of films, we want to celebrate this extraordinary artistic daring. The heroes of the films are lone wolves in search of resonance. Some find company,
others remain alone. What unites them all is that they speak out where others remain
silent and are not afraid to think the unthinkable—in both, positive and negative ways.
Ultimately, it is this highly entertaining form of ambivalence that has made Austrian
cinema in recent years such an original and inexhaustible source of unique ideas. Let yourself be carried away and look forward to an unforgettable visit to the creative minds of Austria!

  • Luzifer


    AT, 2021, 103 min.; de / en sub / sk tit

    Director: Peter Brunner

    Johannes, an innocent, Kaspar Hauser-like man with the heart of a child, lives secluded in an alpine hut together with his eagle and his devout mother. Daily life in this isolated world is governed by prayer and ritual. But suddenly,…

  • Moneyboys


    AT/FR/DE/TW, 2021, 120 min.; zh / en sub / sk tit

    Director: C.B. Yi

    Fei makes a living in the big city working as a hustler. His world collapses when he realizes that his family accepts his money but not his homosexuality. Broken-hearted, Fei struggles to create a new beginning in his life.

  • Saturday 16. 09. 14:00

    Cinema Club

    Side Effects & Risks

    Risiken & Nebenwirkungen

    AT, 2021, 92 min.; de / en sub / sk tit

    Director: Michael Kreihsl

    A routine check-up reveals that the Pilates trainer Kathrin is suffering from kidney disease and needs a transplant. Her husband Arnold is a successful architect in the middle of a large project and is afraid of donating one of his…

  • The Best of All Worlds

    Die beste aller Welten

    AT/DE, 2017, 103 min.; de / en sub / cz tit

    Director: Adrian Goiginger

    Adrian lives through an adventurous childhood in the extraordinary milieu of the drug scene on the outskirts of an Austrian city, with a mother moving between caring and being high. Despite everything, this is a sheltered childhood, the best of…

  • Sisi & I

    Sisi & Ich

    DE/CH/AT, 2023, 132 min.; de / en sub / sk tit

    Director: Frauke Finsterwalder

    Late in the 19th century, Elisabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary—known as Sisi—is living in an aristocratic women-only commune in Greece. Countess Irma is sent there to be Sisi’s companion, and she is captivated by the eccentric and…

  • Wednesday 13. 09. 23:00

    House of Arts



    AT/DE, 2022, 87 min.; de, ba / en sub / sk tit

    Director: David Wagner

    Sergeant Major Eismayer is known and feared as the toughest training officer in the Austrian Armed Forces, ruthless with recruits and unwavering in his discipline, order and macho toughness. But when he starts to fall in love with Falak, a…

  • Lillian


    AT, 2019, 128 min.; en, ru / en sub / sk tit

    Director: Andreas Horvath

    Lillian—an emigrant stranded in New York City—decides to walk back to her native Russia. She resolutely starts out on the long journey. A road movie straight across the USA into the freezing temperatures of Alaska. The chronicle of a slow…

  • Thursday 14. 09. 17:00

    Cinema Club

    The Trouble with Being Born

    The Trouble with Being Born

    AT/DE, 2020, 94 min.; de / en sub / sk tit

    Director: Sandra Wollner

    Elli is an android and lives with a man she calls her father. Together they drift through the summer. During the day they swim in the pool and at night he takes her to bed. She shares his memories and…