Discover rare gems of Soviet and Russian cinema with Open Collection

The Russian Film Archive Gosfilmond and the portal Cultura.RU have announced the start of a joint project called Open Collection.  For this project, employees of the scientific department of the State Film will prepare more than 20 rare films for publication each month.

Elena Filatova, General Director of the State Film Fund of the Russian Federation, says that the Open Collection project will let audiences meet rare examples of Soviet and Russian cinema, many of which until recently could only be viewed by researchers until now.

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Vive le cinéma! – EYE’s exhibition for its 75th anniversary

For this jubilee exhibition Vive le cinéma! (from February 10th through May 9th 2021), EYE and the International Film Festival Rotterdam asked five major film directors from five continents – Jia Zhang-ke (Asia), Lucrecia Martel (South America), Nanouk Leopold (Europe), Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (Africa), and Carlos Reygadas (North America) –  to make a work that exploits the potential of the three-dimensional exhibition space instead of the two-dimensional cinema screen. For some of them, this is the first time that they are creating a cinematographic installation that explores the boundaries of their own work and the art of film in general.

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NFI celebrates the 120th birthday of the first Hungarian film

On April 30th 2021, The Dance, the first Hungarian film, will celebrate its 120th birthday and for this occasion the National Film Institute is launching a series of programs.

As the opening event of the series celebrating 120 years of Hungarian cinema, the National Film Institute will hold the Hungarian Film Day on April 30, the 120th anniversary of the famous day, when the works of Béla Zsitkovszky and Gyula Pekár, The Dance, were presented. Only photographs of the first Hungarian film have survived.

As part of the celebration, the National Film Institute is launching an International Motion Picture Research Program to search for, make accessible and, if possible, repatriate Hungarian and Hungarian-related film historical heritage. More than a third of the films made during the 120 years of Hungarian film history – including the first film, The Dance – are still lost or lost. “The digitization of collections, the active involvement of the National Film Institute in the International Association of Film Archives and the online space provide conditions for finding and identifying films that we could not have dreamed of decades ago. ” – said György Ráduly, director of the NFI Film Archive.

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New traineeship program at EYE Filmmuseum

In September 2021 Eye will start a new traineeship program for young film conservators and collection specialists, that will last ten months providing the participants with insights in both theory and practice. This training has been made possible thanks to the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund and the Hendrik Muller’s Vaderlandsch Fund.

The program, starting in September 2021, will be supervised by Giovanna Fossati, Eye‘s Chief Curator and Professor of Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture at the UvA. The traineeship, set up in collaboration with Haghefilm Digital, offers accommodation for three years to two starting restorers and collection specialists (annually changing).

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A Season of Classic Films: free worldwide screening of ‘Sanz and the secret of his art’

Sanz and the secret of his art, an unusual hybrid between documentary and fiction displaying animated human-like dolls, will be screened on Friday 5 February at 18:00 CET with live music, in the frame of the 2020-2021 edition of ‘A Season of Classic Films’.

The screening will be freely accessible worldwide with English subtitles via the YouTube channel of the Institut Valencià de Cultura, and at the same time a limited audience will have the opportunity to attend the event at the Filmoteca’s cinema in Valencia.

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6th (online) FIAF Winter School

This spring, for the 6th FIAF Winter School, FIAF offers a short training course aimed at professionals in FIAF archives and beyond, in collaboration with the Cinémathèque française and the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé. The theme of the course, taught by experienced professionals from the sector, is “Programming Film Heritage“. This edition will take place as an online even over the course of four half days, on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 February, Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 March 2020, right before the start of the 2021 edition of “Toute la mémoire du monde“, the international festival of restored film hosted by the Cinémathèque française.

The programme of this edition of the FIAF Winter School is available in English and in French. Every participant will be asked to take an active part in the event by submitting programmes as part of the FIAF programming game before the Winter School.

FIAF has decided not to charge any fee for this online edition. The number of participants have however been limited to 50, as in previous years. The selection will be made on the basis of the online form the participants have to submit.

The deadline for validating the online form is Friday 5 February. Selected candidates will be notified by email by Thursday 11 February at the latest.

For more information, visit this page.

A George Méliès program on ARTE in collaboration with the Cinémathèque française

To celebrate the soon to be opened Méliès Museum, ARTE, in partnership with the Cinémathèque française, offers a series of short films by George Méliès and the premiere of the documentary Le mystère Georges Méliès directed by Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange.

The shorts featured on are:

  • Le Royaume des fées(1903, 16 min.), Le Voyage à travers l’impossible (1904, 22 min.), Le Locataire diabolique (1909, 6 min.), Le Palais des mille et une nuits (1905, 21 min.), La Sirène (1904, 4 min.), Les Affiches en goguette (1906, 3 min.) until March 9th
  • Le voyage dans la Lune (1902, 15 min.) until January 15th
  • Les Cartes vivantes(1904), Excelsior! (1901), The Man with the Rubber Head (1901, 3 min.), The Fly Man (1902, 2 min.), The Devil’s Four Hundred Farces (1906, 17 min.), The Infernal Cauldron (1903, 3 min.) until May 31st

The documentary Le mystère George Méliès, a co-production by ARTE, Steamboat Films, Lobster Films and Blackhawk Films, will be available for streaming on until March 9th. Enriched by interviews with Costa-Gravas, Michel Gondry and film history experts, the film retraces the life and work of Méliès.

To find out more on the program, click here.

Murnau’s Tabu and Deutsche Kinemathek’s work on the outtakes

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s last film Tabu (USA 1931) is a particularly interesting case study for what concerns the protection of audiovisual cultural assets due to its unique history. In addition to the different versions of the film, there is a stock of around 17,500 meters of film material: alternative or unused takes of the film, the so-called outtakes.

The KUR Programme for the Conservation of Moveable Cultural Assets – initiated by the Federal Cultural Foundation and the Cultural Foundation of German States – made it possible for the Deutsche Kinemathek, in cooperation with the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation and the Österreichisches Filmmuseum, to produce these nitrate films, which are threatened by decay in the long term, safeguard materials by copying them and publish them in digital form. In addition, the script for Tabu as well as the daily reports of the shooting have been published on the Deutsche Kinemathek’s website.

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Initiatives by ACE members during the second lockdown

Back in March film archives from all over Europe closed their door because of the pandemic but continued to offer a digital program to stay connected with audiences at home. The second wave of the virus in the winter months has brought to a second lockdown and ACE members are once again serving as a strong reminder of the importance of cinema. This article offers a rundown of what ACE members from all over Europe are offering right now:

  • Cinematek highlights its collection treasures available on Youtube. Check out the dedicated playlist.
  • Cinémathèque Suisse is pleased to offer its audience four feature films until January 24th. In the program: La Vocation d’André Carel (Jean Choux, 1924), Quatre d’entre elles (Claude Champion, Francis Reusser, Jacques Sandoz and Yves Yersin, 1968), Maine Océan (Jacques Rozier, 1968), Go Go Tales (2007, Abel Ferrara). From January 6th, this offer will be completed by two documentaries: Jour de marché (2002, Jacqueline Veuve) and Imatra (2007, Corso Salani). Click here for more information.
  • Cineteca di Bologna is bringing the Cinema Ritrovato experience in everyone’s home with Cinema Ritrovato | Fuori Sala. Every 30 days a whole new program with at least 15 films available to watch on streaming on the MYmovies website for just 15 euros. Every movie will be presented by critics, directors and witnesses in its best version and silent films will be accompanied by a curated soundtrack. Click here for more information.
  • Deutsche Kinemathek is offering access to online exhibitions (with themed tours) and their digital collection. Click here for more information.
  • Deutsches Filminstitut Filmmuseum offers the digital program accompanying the current special exhibition The Sound of Disney. 1928-1967, that gives the audience an opportunity to study the world of sound in Disney movies online. Click here for more information.
  • Film Archiv Austria is offering an online retrospective dedicated to Hans Moser, the epitome of Viennese humor. It will be available until January 14th. Click here for more information.
  • Filmmuseum München offers an online program with restorations by the Filmmuseum as well as retrospectives by filmmakers such as Werner Schroeter. Click here for more information.
  • Cinémathèque de Toulouse offers a chance to watch some unknown animated feature films. Visit the Cinémathèque’s website to discover more.
  • Lichtspiel Bern, after a successful advent calendar, continues to offer its digital program. Visit its Vimeo page for more information.
  • Tainiothiki tis Ellados offers an online festive program running until January 10th. Click here to find out more.



Yuletide drinks meeting

The ACE Executive Committee invited members to a Zoom drink on 17 December. More than 20 members took part, some for longer, some for a shoter time, meeting virtually one last time this year. We reported to our colleagues how life in isolation is going in each our country, and sent best wishes for the holidays and the new year.

The meeting was quite gleeful regardless, and reminded all of us that we have a strong and positive community which can offer support during these hard times.

Thanks to all participants and, one more time, have a very happy Christmas and a properous New Year!