Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies

Central European Film Club

Introducing the Central European Film Club 2018/2019

We are happy and proud to announce and to invite you to the newest feature of the research activities of the Wirth Institute on Central Europe, the Central European Film Club. We will meet on a monthly bases, Friday afternoon after the Central European Café, to screen latest releases as well as milestone setting films, to feature well-known directors and upcoming promising new talents of central European cinema.  We will organize the screenings along thematic lines, creating mini-series that connect and bring into a conversation different movies and perspectives. Come and join us for the screenings and discussions, share your opinions, learn from experts and gain new insights, and contribute with your own ideas to the Film Club! 

We are proud to announce our second series of films, Encountering Love!

Love will be the guiding subject on our venture through Central European cinema, bringing us to far reaches of the Czech Republic, Croatia, Austria, and Slovakia. This journey allows four very different encounters with this most essential subject of the human condition. We will meet with Louka, a middle-aged Czech cellist who struggles with cultural and language barriers when being left alone with his five-year-old Russian stepson (Kolya by Jan Svěrák, 1996). We follow matchmaker Nediljko Babic, helping a Bulgarian single mother to find a new husband in Croatia (Gangster of Love by Nebojsa Slijepcevic, 2013). We will accompany the 50-year old Theresa on her trip to a beach resort in Kenya, where she is paying for sex and still hoping for love (Paradise Love by Ulrich Seidl, 2012). And finally, we will encounter Martin, a teenager, who is discovering for the first time his sexuality and love for men (Hannah and Her Brothers by Vladimír Adásek, 2000). Moving, provocative, and at times his is love through the lens of Central European cinema.


Gyongyi Heltai, Visiting Hungarian Professor

Gregor Kokorz, Visiting Austrian Professor

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

Encountering Love

All showings take place at 3:30 pm in Tory 1-91

Friday, February 8

Kolya (1996)


Friday, March 8

Gangster of Love (2013)

Friday, April 5

Paradies: Liebe (2012)

Friday, May 3

Hannah and Her Brothers (2000)

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