2019 marks the 10th edition of festival Lumière, organized by Institut Lumière in collaboration with the city of Lyon and the Auvergne-Rhôn-Alpes. The festival takes place in the city of Lyon, the birthplace of the Lumière Cinematograph. Last year’s edition saw more than 180,000 attendees. As the festival continues to flourish, the anniversary is an opportunity to look back at the past ten years and continue to celebrate the memory of films, movie theaters and audiences.
This year’s edition is rich in events. Particularly remarkable is this year’s line-up when it comes to masterclasses with names like Frances McDormand, Daniel Auteuil, Marco Bellocchio, Marina Vlady and Bong Joon-ho. This year’s Lumière Award recipient, described by the festival as the “Nobel Prize of Cinema”, is Francis Ford Coppola. For its anniversary, the Lumière Festival has created a new section called Lumière Classics that presents a selection of the finest restored films of the year.
The 38th edition of Le Giornate del Cinema Muto will take place between the 5 and the 12th of October 2019 at Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi in Pordenone (Italy). The festival, organized by La Cineteca del Friuli, will showcase more than 200 movies between short and feature films. This year’s poster pays homage to Marion Davies with a photo taken by the great photographer Ruth Harriet Louise on the set of Beverly of Graustark. The two main themes of the 2019 edition are comedy and the strong female presence in all sections.
The opening event, which will take place on Saturday 5th of October at 20.30, is The Kid (1921) with a live performance from the Orchestra San Marco of Chaplin’s sheet music. “It may seem strange, but in the lengthy history of our festival we have never screened The Kid. This gap will be filled on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of Chaplin’s birth”, explains the festival. The closing event will be The Lodger – A Story of the London Fog (1927), Alfred Hitchcock’s third movie in which we can already clearly see his future trademarks. The new score, composed by Neil Brand, will be executed by Orchestra San Marco directed by Ben Palmer.
In 2019 Montenegrin Cinematheque is joining the celebration of European Heritage Days with the team “Arts and Entertainment”, which will be celebrated on the local and national level in the last week of September, between 23rd and 30th.
As usual, all events will be free of charge and opened to participants from different municipalities. Local and national institutions will organize exhibitions, visits to cultural heritage sited, as well as presentations of tangible and intangible heritage. Part of the program will be dedicated to educational workshops, lectures aimed for children and pupils and art competitions.
On September 6th, the Cinémathèque Suisse opened its new Research and Archive Center in the city of Penthaz in presence of Alain Berset, federal counselor, Isabelle Chassot, director of the Federal Office for culture, Cesla Amarelle, State counselor, and Pierre-Henri Dumont, mayor.
For Alain Berset, this Centre – with its 13000 m2 – hosts “one of the most important collections of treasures from film history of the entire world. But the real reason why it is so remarkable is because it represents the memory of Swiss cinema.” For him the inauguration of this Centre is “an important step in the process of modernizing and archiving our film heritage”.
Each year at Venice International Film Festival the section named Venice Classics highlights the importance of restoration by showcasing the work carried out by film archives, cultural institutions and production companies around the world. The restored film classics in the selection are in competition for the Best Restored Film prize, awarded by a jury of film students chaired – this year – by Costanza Quatriglio.
This year, the award went to Extase (Ecstasy, 1932) and the restoration carried out by Národní filmový archiv, thanks to the support of Milada Kučerová and Eduard Kučera and the collaboration of the Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary. The film was chosen as the pre-opening event for the Venice Film Festival. The prize was accepted by Jonáš Kucharský, sound curator and restorer.
Between 4-11 September 2019, the Hungarian National Film Fund is organizing the 3rd Budapest Classics Film Marathon, the prominent international film festival of the Hungarian capital.
Over the eight days of the showcase, audiences can watch around 100 restored classic movies in cinemas in Budapest, while further screenings will be held in Eger and Győr. Budapest welcomes Pierre Richard, Michael Nyman, Udo Kier, Johanna ter Steege and Magda Vášáryová. Once again, Budapest Classics Film Marathon will offer free open-air screenings in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica, Budapest.
We are happy to present a brief report of the ACE workshop, which took place during Il Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna and concerned the access, exhibition and distribution of film heritage in the 21st century.
ACE Workshop: Film Heritage: Access, exhibition and distribution in the 21st century
Don Giovanni Minzoni Street 14
25 June 2019, 2–5 p.m.
ACE General Assembly
Sala Cervi in Via Riva di Reno, 72
26 June 2019, 2 p.m.
ACE workshop during Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival, Bologna
Tuesday 25 June, 2–5 p.m., MAMbo, Museum of Modern Art, via Don Giovanni Minzoni 14
In 2008 ACE started the European Film Gateway (EFG) project, linked to Europeana, as the first project to make our film heritage available online. The project confirmed the importance of metadata, and highlights its interoperability. The second step for ACE was the EFG / World War I project, a curatorial project for our film collections online. At this stage, more than 53,000 videos (videos, not films!) are available.