When in Vienna, do as the Parisians do…a task made considerably easier by the Festival du Film Francophone, which brings the best of French-language cinema to the city.
- Annual festival at the Votiv Kino international cinema
- Films shown in French with German or English subtitles
- 2020 dates: Mar 23 – Apr 2
- See also: English-language cinemas | Film festivals
A French film festival
Now heading toward its 22nd year, the Festival du Film Francophone typically features a heady mix of traditional movies, documentaries, animations and shorts.
The word Francophone in the festival title is no coincidence: the films come from a variety of countries, all of whom share French as a common language. So while France inevitably dominates, you might also find something from the Ivory Coast or another African country, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Canada.
The event runs under the auspices of the Institut Français d’Autriche and usually takes place in the Votiv Kino, an international cinema that often shows English-language films without dubbing. The festival films are shown in French (of course), mostly with subtitles in either German or English.
As soon as I get information on the 2020 festival, it will appear here. For a flavour of typical showings, these were the highlights from the previous Festival du Film Francophone:
The 2019 event featured 29 films, with the likes of Deneuve, Binoche, Casta, Luchini and Amalric casting their cinematic spell on the screen.
There was a special showing of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film, Le Mépris (Contempt), which starred Brigitte Bardot with Jack Palance and Michel Piccoli. The director of Vienna’s State Opera House, Dominique Meyer, selected this classic to appear at the festival, and he talked about the film after the April 10 showing.
April 6 had an evening of shorts, featuring eight films selected by students at the University of Vienna’s Institut für Romanistik.
The full festival programme is available at the official website.
2020 tickets and dates
The Festival du Film Francophone runs from March 23 to April 2 in 2020, with films typically shown daily.
Simply buy your tickets for individual showings from the Votiv Kino cinema or reserve them via the festival website, once 2020 details go online.
How to get to the Votiv Kino
The cinema is handily placed near one of the bigger transport hubs in the centre of Vienna and opposite the Votivkirche church.
Subway: Take the U2 to Schottentor and walk up (or go one stop on a tram)
Tram/bus: Take trams 37, 38, 40, 41 or 42 to Schwarzspanierstraße, which is the stop outside the Votiv Kino. All these trams leave from Schottentor station. Bus 40A stops nearby at Berggasse, close to the Sigmund Freud Museum.
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