Meet the Archive, a EYE Filmmuseum initiative, showcases exceptional stories about (early) film history, highlights forgotten filmmakers, reports on new cooperations and shows what often remains hidden: the behind the scenes of the day-to-day programming.
Because of the coronavirus measures, this year Meet the Archive will not take place in Eye Filmmuseum itself. However since this year marks the 75th anniversary of Eye, the collection specialists have created eight online installments of Meet the Archive to celebrate this milestone. The collection specialists will discuss the history of the collection, major conservation projects, and innovations in the area of restoration and screening practice.
For some 26 years, the Cinémathèque française has nurtured a unique international film education programme called Le Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse. Born in the centenary of cinema, the programme has evolved over many years into the longest established, and many would argue, the foremost film education programme in the world. After supporting it for so many years, the time has come for the Cinémathéque française to hand it over to a bigger group of organisations to take responsibility for the next phase of its extraordinary life.
What is the programme?
CCAJ began as an initiative of Alain Bergala, French cineaste, theorist and educator, and Nathalie Bourgeois, Head of Education at the Cinématheque française, in 1995. From the beginning film archives have played an essential role in this program.
The participants include ‘cultural partners’ cinematheques and film initiatives, who co-ordinate workshops in a country or region; teachers, educators, and filmmaking professionals who run project workshops; and the learners themselves, children and young people aged between the ages of 7 and 18.
Having survived World War II and the bombings of the Liberation gave a new impulse to a whole post-war generation. The innovative modernity of the architects who rebuilt the destroyed cities, the commitment of the construction workers who worked in perilous conditions, and the establishment of new, temporary peaceful diplomatic relations inspired a rich visual and artistic production.
Organized in the framework of the research project Visual Culture of Trauma, Obliteration, and Reconstruction in Post-World-War II Europe (www.victor-e.eu), this conference will take place 20-21-22 April 2022 in Paris, at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA). Itwill bring together the viewpoints of historians, visual sociologists, and historians of art, cinema, architecture, photography, painting and other related visual media on the period of Reconstruction following the Second World War in Europe. The research on the challenges of the post-war period, which began in the 1980s, has been fruitful but is only including visual sources since the 2000s. The increased digitization of archival collections, in particular iconographic and audiovisual holdings, encourages the exploration of the Reconstruction period through the rediscovery of these new objects.
From 21st to 26th September, the National Film Institute is organizing – for the fourth time – Budapest’s largest international film event, Budapest Classics Film Marathon. During the six days of the festival, audiences can watch more than 70 recently restored classic films in five themed blocks at various venues around the capital. To the delight of Budapesters, the square in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica is once again being transformed into a free open-air cinema on four evenings.
National Film Institute celebrates 120 years of Hungarian film with several large-scale events this year. The Hungarian Motion Picture Festival was brought to life this summer, the exhibition Wide Angle in Ludwig Museum is a broad-ranging overview of Hungarian film history (open until mid-November 2021), and the opening gala of the 4th Budapest Classics Film Marathon in Uránia National Film Theatre on the evening of 21 September is similarly a celebration of this important anniversary. At the gala there will be a screening – in a selection made up Lumière films from 1896 – of the first film footage shot in Hungary; an animation documentary made about the birth of the first Hungarian film, A táncz (The Dance), and the digitally restored (2K) version of Sándor Korda’s cult silent film from 1918 Az aranyember, with musical accompaniment composed by Bence Farkas and performed by Győr Philharmonic Orchestra.
“This year is very special because we have the opportunity to celebrate several anniversaries that are important from the aspect of the history of Hungarian film. Cameramen of the Lumière brothers shot the first footage in Hungary 125 years ago, the first directed Hungarian film debuted 120 years ago, and 90 years ago Hungarian sound film was born, the first triumph of which, Hyppolit, a lakáj (Hyppolit, the Butler), remains enormously popular even after the passage of nine decades. In 2017, when we launched the Budapest Classics Film Marathon, we undertook to showcase Hungarian film history, the impact of Hungarian filmmakers on global film history, and the great classics of universal film history on the big screen. To achieve this goal, we called on the family of international film archives, which since then have continuously sent their restored precious films to the Film Marathon. This year, we are once again inviting all lovers of cinema on an exciting journey through time from the era of silent films to recent decades, thus paying tribute to the talent of great filmmakers and artists.”
– György Ráduly, Director of National Film Institute Hungary – Film Archive
The goal of the Classics Film Marathon is to spotlight the values of Hungarian film and present the treasures preserved in European archives to a Hungarian audience. This year the Marathon showcases newly restored classics and film rarities in five blocks: Hommage, In Focus, Hungarians in Hollywood, Hungarian Eye, Open Archives.
Das DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum e.V. sucht zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkteine Kuratorische Leitungder Sammlungen–Abteilungsleitung Non-Film-Archiv (m/w/d)
Leitung und kuratorische Betreuung der Sammlungendes DFF an den Archivstandorten in Frankfurt am Main und Wiesbaden(Non-Film-Archiv/filmbezogeneNachlässe, Bibliothek, Bild-, Plakat-, Musik-und Textarchiv)
Fachaufsicht und strategische Mitverantwortung bei der Erschließung der Sammlungen und Verfügbarmachung der Bestände(analog und digital/virtuell)
Weiterer Ausbau des Sammlungsbestandes – Überprüfung und Erweiterung der Sammlungen, Hinzufügen verschiedener Perspektiven und breitere Repräsentation verschiedener Filmemacher:innen
Aufbau und Pflege von Kontakten zu nationalen/ internationalen Filmschaffenden, Zusammenarbeit im nationalen Verbund der Kinematheken und Filmarchive
Planung, Konzeption und Kuratorium sammlungsbezogener Ausstellungen. Entwicklung, Redaktion von Publikationen (analog und virtuell)
Entwicklung von öffentlichen Programmen zur Erhöhungdes Engagements von Interessenten und potentiellen Unterstützern für die DFF-Sammlungen
Führungen, Archivgespräche, Einbindung in die Aktivitäten des DFF und seiner Projekte
Beantwortung der zahlreichen internen und externen Nutzungsanfragen an das Non-Film-Archiv bzw. deren Delegation innerhalb der Abteilung
Personalführung und -entwicklung
Management, Organisation, Administration und Budgetverantwortungin enger Absprache mit der Direktorin
Lichtspiel / Kinemathek Bern joins the second edition of A Season of Classic Films with a compilation of unique short films that takes viewers to a journey to the various regions of Switzerland. The compilation consists of eight newly digitised films, presenting aviation pioneers in the 1920s to progressive women in the 1960s. The films will premiere on Thursday 2 September at 20:00 CEST in a special free-admission event at Lichtspiel’s premises in Bern and via live stream with English subtitles. An introduction by Brigitte Paulowitz, Head of Film Collections and Restorer at Lichtspiel, will provide the context to the films.
A Season of Classic Films is an initiative of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) with the support of the EU Creative Europe MEDIA programme to raise awareness of the work of national and regional film archives, connecting the public with cinema history and the preservation of film heritage. Twenty-two European film institutions are taking part this year offering free access to films from their precious collections. This screening is organised by Lichtspiel / Kinemathek Bern.
Reise durch die Schweiz (Travel through Switzerland) | Switzerland, 1920-1961, 102′
Basler Flugtag. 12. September 1920. Advertisement, 1920, 9’, silent.
Cinemateket / The Norwegian Film Institute joins A Season of Classic Films with the restored film Ung flukt (Edith Carlmar, 1959), a teen rebellion drama with Liv Ullmann in her debut role, with a free special cinema screening event on Wednesday 25 August at 18:00 CEST at Cinemateket in Oslo, while the film will be free-to-view worldwide between 26 August and 2 September, with English subtitles.
The digital restoration was carried out by the National Library of Norway in 2018 and has drawn attention internationally to the work of Edith Carlmar, the number one female director in Norwegian post-war cinema. Carlmar was not only Norway’s first female director, but she made what is considered to be the country’s first film noir (Death Is a Caress). Together with her husband Otto Carlmar, she founded the film company Carlmar Film AS, where he produced and she directed one brilliant film after another. She directed ten films in ten years and Ung flukt is her last feature film.
Speaking about the restored film, Head of Cinemateket Jan Langlo said, “The restored version of Ung flukt (The Wayward Girl) was selected for Berlinale Classics in 2019. This generated quite a lot of interest in both this film and other films by Edith Carlmar, and there are several retrospectives of her films being planned at international festivals in 2021 and 2022. New viewers recognise Ung flukt as a surprisingly vital film, with a vibrant Liv Ullmann in her screen debut.”
A Season of Classic Films is an initiative of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) with the support of the EU Creative Europe MEDIA programme to raise awareness of the work of national and regional film archives, connecting the public with cinema history and the preservation of film heritage. Twenty-two European film institutions are taking part this year offering free access to films from their precious collections. This screening is organised by Cinemateket / The Norwegian Film Institute.
Ung flukt (The Wayward Girl) | Norway, 1959, 95′
Director: Edith Carlmar. Producer: Otto Carlmar. Cast: Liv Ullmann, Atle Merton, Rolf Søder, Nanna Stenersen, Randi Brænne, Tore Foss. Physical characteristics of first release: 35mm, 95’, B&W, mono sound, Norwegian. Film copy screened during A Season of Classic Films: DCP, 95’, B&W, sound, Norwegian. Available subtitles: English. Copyright: Norwegian Film Institute.
Ung flukt is based on a book by Nils Johan Rud and tells the story of 17-year-old Gerd, the illegitimate daughter of a single working mother. Gerd, played by Liv Ullmann in her first lead role, has fallen into delinquency. After she spends a brief stint in police custody, Gerd’s boyfriend, a student, disobeys his parents and takes her away to the country to protect her from bad influences.
Wednesday 25 August, 18:00, Cinemateket Dronningens gate 16 0152 Oslo. With English subtitles. Introduced by Hege Jaer, Curator at Cinematek. Reserve your free ticket here!
Thursday 26 August – Wednesday 2 September. Watch free online here, worldwide access, English subtitles.
The Filmuni Summer School is organising the Digital Archive Summer School in cooperation with FIAF Cataloguing & Documentation Commission and the Deutsche Kinemathek. The Summer School is a 5-day (6-10 September), practice-oriented educational offer directed at staff members of audiovisual archives as well as any other interested person who are interested in enhancing their knowledge about digital environments and processes related to digital archives. The focus is “Data Literacy and Presentation strategies in Audiovisual Archives”.
The Summer School Digital Archives can take place on-site at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf this year. Since the Summer School has received many requests regarding online participation, they have decided to stream parts of the program for people who may not be able to travel due to the pandemic or its economic impact.
An overview of the preliminary program and which content will be available online can be found here.
Location: Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Potsdam, Germany
Cost: 1195,- EUR (in-person participation)
Application deadline: 15 August 2021 for online participation
Cinémathèque suisse will present the new 4K restoration of Derborence, a landmark work by the Swiss filmmaker Francis Reusser (1942-2019), during two free special screenings, one at the Locarno Film Festival (12 August) and one at the Festival international du film alpin des Diablerets (14 August).
The digital restoration was carried out by the Cinémathèque suisse in the Color Grade laboratory, with the support of RTS. The special free screening events are offered by A Season of Classic Films, an Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) initiative with the support of the EU Creative Europe MEDIA programme and in partnership with Cinémathèque suisse.
Twenty-two film institutions from all over Europe, including the Cinémathèque suisse, are taking part this year in A Season of Classic Films. The initiative offers free access to restored European films, connecting the public with cinema history and the preservation of film heritage.
Derborence | Switzerland/France, 1985, 99′
Director: Francis Reusser. Producer: Jean-Marc Henchoz, Claude Stadelmann. Cast: Isabel Otero, Jacques Penot, Maria Machado, Jean-Marc Bory, Bruno Cremer. Music: Maria Carta / Sound Design: François Musy / Cinematography: Emmanuel Machuel / Film Editing: Christine Benoît and Francis Reusser / Production Design: Jean-Marc Stehlé / Costume Design: Rose-Marie Melka. Physical characteristics of first release: 35mm, 99’, colour, sound, French. Film copy screened during A Season of Classic Films: New restoration. DCP, 99’, colour, sound, French. Copyright: Les productions JMH, Marion’s Films, Sagittaire production.
The lives of two newlyweds, Antoine, an alpine shepherd, and Thérèse, are overturned when a landslide swallows the mountain pasture where Antoine is working. Believed to be dead by everyone, Antoine suddenly returns home. In this adaptation of Charles Ferdinand Ramuz’s novel, Francis Reusser has crafted a sensual alpine western, which competed in Cannes in 1985 and received the César for the best French-language film the following year.
Thursday 12 August, 15:00, PalaCinema 1, 74 Locarno Film Festival. With English subtitles. Introduced by Emmanuelle de Riedmatten, Jean Reusser and Frédéric Maire. Reserve your free ticket here!
Saturday 14 August, 13:30, Festival International du Film Alpin des Diablerets (FIFAD 2021). Closing screening event, more information here.