Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies

Central European Film Club

Central European Film Club Fall 2019: Women in Central European Cinema


Spotlight on female directors – this is the motto for starting off the second season of the Wirth Institute’s Central European Film Club. This fall we are focusing on four exceptional award winning female directors from Central Europe: Andrea Sedláčková (CZ), Agnieszka Holland (Poland), Ildiko Enyedi (Hungary), and Feo Aldag (Austria)They represent different generationsexperiences, and theirfilms reveal unknown interpretations of the Central European female experience. Those of them who had already worked in the socialist period, had to fight with damaging stereotypes. Not only in Central Europe it waswidely considered that directing was “not for women. That is why these filmmakers still represent a small minority. However,thegrowing number of female director students at Central European Film Academiesgives hope for the future

Fair Play (2014) has been selected to represent the Czech Republic in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the Academy Awards.The movie, directed by Andrea Sedlakova, follows a nineteen year-old sprinter who gets involved with the state-controlled doping program during the country’s normalization era. Spoor(2017) Is a polish crime film directed based on a novel by Olga Tokarczuk (Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead)which was awarded the Silver Bear at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. At the same festival On Body and Soul (2017), the Hungarian movie of our serieswon the Golden Bear and the Fipresci prize. The film evolves around a CFO of a slaughterhouse and the newly appointed meat quality inspector who discover they can communicate with each other through their dreams, leading to an unlikely romance. When We Leave (2010) tells the story of a young German/Turkish mother’s struggle for self-determination between two systems of values. The movie was awarded the Europa Cinemas Label Prize among many other prices.

We hope that you will come and enjoy our next selection! Please come and join us on Wednesday September 11, October 9, November 20, and December 1 at the Humanities Centre HC L1


Gregor Kokorz, Visiting Austrian Professor

Program Committee: Gregor Kokorz, Gyongy Heltai, Sylvia Chrobak, Simone Pfleger

Women in Central European Cinema 

All showings take place at 3:00 pm in Humanities Centre L-1

Wednesday, September 11 

Fair Play (2014

Directed by Andrea Sedláčková CZECH REPUBLIC

Wednesday, October 9

Spoor (2017) 

Directed by Agnieszka Holland POLAND

Wednesday, November 20

On Body and Soul (2017)

Directed by Ildiko Enyedi HUNGARY

Wednesday, December 4

When We Leave (2010)

Directed by Siebel Kekilli GERMANY


FREE to attend and FREE popcorn will be served! Discussion session to follow showings!