A-|A+

MoMA

FILM SCREENINGS

  • Good News: Newspaper Salesman, Dead Dogs and Other People from Vienna

    1990. Austria. Ulrich Seidl. 130 min.

  • Ordinary Folk Life in Vienna

    1911. Austria. 5 min.

Friday, April 11, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2



  • Good News: Newspaper Salesman, Dead Dogs and Other People from Vienna

    1990. Austria. Written and directed by Ulrich Seidl. With Salah Abdel, Mustafa Muhammed, Kumar Saha Probil. With Dog Days (2001), Import Export (2007) and the Paradise trilogy (2012/13), Ulrich Seidl has become one of Europe’s most renowned and controversial fiction filmmakers. He started out as a documentarian—though in his case, the distinction between the two is rather fluid—and Good News was his first long-form work. The film received immediate praise—by Werner Herzog, among others—as a bold and groundbreaking expression of “dark nonfiction.” Seidl’s morally complex portrait of Vienna centers on the city’s most exploited workers: the largely foreign, and largely Muslim, news vendors who (before the internet) walked the city’s motorways day in, day out, selling the Kronenzeitung, Austria’s most popular tabloid. Countering this quasi-Direct Cinema approach is a second line of inquiry focusing on the (mostly Austrian) customers of the newspaper, a type of documentary mise-en-scène that would become key to Seidl’s aesthetic. Courtesy Hans Selikovsky Filmproduction. In German; English subtitles. 130 min.

  • Ordinary Folk Life in Vienna

    1911. Austria. With Guschelbauer, Luise Montag, Theo Werner. Wiener Kunstfilm, the first major Austrian film production company, was founded in 1910 by the photographer Anton (Gustav) Kolm, his wife Luise Kolm-Veltée, and the cameraman Jacob Fleck to counter France’s domination of the Austro-Hungarian cinema market. This emblematic short film is an August Sander-like portrait of “ordinary folk life in Vienna”—radically different from the one depicted nearly a century later in Ulrich Seidl’s Good News. Courtesy Filmarchiv Austria. 5 min.

In the Film exhibition Vienna Unveiled: A City in Cinema

Ticketing policies for film screenings

Sign up for now to receive MoMA's biweekly Film E-News