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: TBA
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A French film festival
Now in 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 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.
The 2020 festival is in hiatus through the Coronavirus, but planned to feature 25+ films. Highlights include:
- A showing of the 1945 classic, Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise). Marlon Brando once described the film in an interview with Truman Capote as…
Maybe the best movie ever made
- 2018’s Les Estivants (The Summer House), directed by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. The former director of Austria’s Film Museum, Alexander Horwath, selected the film for the festival and will talk about his choice after the showing
- 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 was due to run from March 23 to April 2 in 2020, with films typically shown daily. At the time of writing, it has been postponed pending further information.
if and when showings become available, you simply buy your tickets from the Votiv Kino cinema or through the festival website.
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.
Address: Währinger Straße 12, 1090 Vienna