Die vergangenen Zukünfte / s16mm / 2021 / 98min

Die vergangenen Zukünfte
ist eine politisch-poetische Reflexion über das Wesen und Wirken von Revolutionen. Exemplarischer Ausgangspunkt dieses essayistischen Films ist die Märzrevolution 1848 in Wien. Was bleibt von einer Revolution? Wann gilt sie als gescheitert und wann und wie manifestieren sich deren Errungenschaften? - Der Film verbindet historische Kämpfe mit heutigen Formen des Widerstands und reflektiert wie sich die Praxis des kollektiven Erinnerns in die Gegenwart einer Stadt und das Handeln ihrer Bewohner*innen einschreibt. Angesichts aktueller politischer Entwicklungen fragt der Film Walter Benjamin folgend: Muss man die Errungenschaften der Vergangenheit vor der Gegenwart schützen?

Past Futures is a political and poetic reflection on the nature and effects of revolutions. An exemplary starting point for this essaystic film is the March Revolution of 1848 in Vienna. What remains of a revolution? When is it considered to have failed and when and how are its achievements manifested? - The film combines historical struggles with today's forms of resistance and reflects on how the practice of collective memory inscribes itself in the present of a city and the actions of its residents. In view of current political developments, the film asks following Walter Benjamin: Do we have to protect the achievements of the past from the present?





Margit Neuhold (Editor at Camera Austria International) for Tagebuch Magazin
"Johannes Gierlinger asks how we view the events around the revolution of 1848 and how we can collectively understand them. Which inscriptions and overwrites take place in public space and in institutions? Which narratives are served and whose versions of the events are in the foreground? How will our future understanding of the revolution change through upheaval and change? "
"The essayistic documentary traces moments of history on the streets of Vienna, from the revolution in 1848 to the admission of refugees in the summer of 2015 or a May demonstration that is infiltrated and disrupted by the right. You penetrate a collective cellar where you can find forgotten Hitler busts, look under the Westbahnhof, which consists partly of tombstones from a Jewish cemetery. Historical records of the Vienna Justice Palace fire of 1927 correspond to a visit to an anarchist book fair the new sneaker from Kanye West behind the doors of a foot locker."


Ralf Schenk -
"Like the past, the future must also be saved from the present. A sentence that falls in exactly the same way in Johannes Gierlinger's “Past Futures”, an essay film about history and the present in Austria."

Bettina Landl - GAT Architektur Steiermark - Dossier, 2021
"Images and their montage, the rustling of keys in clenched fists, stretched upwards, the view of the ground and steps, over cobblestones, overgrown with grass. We follow the direction, hear / see what the camera hears / sees and we think along, think, reflect - on resistance, the absurd (according to Albert Camus), revolution (s), failure, hope, remembering, storytelling: shoulder to shoulder against fascism! and high international solidarity! Encounter (s) in the March Park (March 1848 / example): Revolution in Vienna and overthrow of State Chancellor Metternich, freedom of the press and proclamation of a constitution, abolition of the basic subservience of the peasants and thus the end of the feudal state. Gierlinger combines historical struggles with today's forms of protest and reflects on how the practice of collective memory is inscribed in the present of a city and the actions of its residents. He asks, after Walter Benjamin: Do we have to protect the achievements of the past from the present?"

Carolin Weidner - Diagonale Graz 2021
"One concern of people is to stand up for ideas. In Die vergangenen Zukünfte, Johannes Gierlinger takes as starting point, a special moment in time, the revolution in March of 1848. From here, a dynamic Vienna unfolds that tells of torched palaces and expensive sneakers, of anarchistic reading material lying on wooden benches, and ignored memorials. An analogue-film essay, daring and nonetheless peaceful, inspiring and initiating contemplation."

∣ Credits ∣

Written and directed by Johannes Gierlinger ∣ 
Sound by Karl Wratschko & Jan Zischka ∣ Additional Sound 
by Aleksandra Kolodziejczyk, Viktoria Bayer, Kumjana Novakova & Eva Sommer ∣ Sound Design by Peter Kutin & Florian Kindlinger ∣ Modular Synth Sounds by Frank Rottmann ∣ Cinematography & Editing by Johannes Gierlinger ∣ Acting by Lara Sienczak ∣ Narration by Martin Hemmer & Lara Sienczak ∣ 
Colors by Collectiv Cafka∣  
Produced by Johannes Gierlinger & Subobscura Films

Supported by Land Salzburg, Cine Art Styria, Stadt Wien, 
Otto Mauer Fonds


∣ Festivals ∣ Screenings ∣

Diagonale Filmfestival Graz 2021, Austria

Ifa Galerie Stuttgart in cooperation w/ Bienal de Artes Mediales in Santiago de Chile, 2021 (Upcoming)

This Human World Film Festival Vienna, 2021, Austria (Upcoming)

Pravo Ljudski Film Festival Sarajevo, 2021, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Upcoming)


∣ Solo Screenings ∣ Cinema Tour ∣

Stuttgarter Filmwinter - 'Umbrales' Program curated by Florian Wüst, 2022 (Upcoming)

Das Kino Salzburg, 2022, Austria (Upcoming)

Programmkino Wels, 2022, Austria (Upcoming)

Galerie Blaugelbezwettl - Filmnacht, 2022, Austria (Upcoming)