Category: Announcements

Association des Cinémathèques Européennes expresses its professional support to the Cinemateca Brasileira

 Cinema is global, as is cultural heritage. Both have recently been insulted, humiliated and seriously damaged by the Brazilian authorities. Beyond any question, the government should be held accountable for leading the Cinemateca Brasileira into such a crisis which has culminated in the fire of the Cinemateca’s vaults on 29 July 2021.

Fires are always a tragedy, no matter to whom they happen. However, no organization, public, state, or private, responsible for the care of collections of cultural value should be plunged into such a crisis like we have been following in Brazil. This recent fire is number five in the history of this Brazilian film heritage institution and the most devastating one.

Cinemateca Brasileira is a much-respected member of the family of film archives. Since last June, representatives from numerous film heritage institutions from Europe and the World have expressed their concerns regarding the future of this respected institution. We, international representatives, can attest that the management and staff of Cinemateca Brasileira are the last who should be considered accountable for this disaster. We have known this for far too long. The federal government has been treating the Cinemateca with such disregard that in 2020 the institution became starved: funds were frozen, the employees unpaid and fired, activities halted – including conservation of the collection. The government took over the administration of the Cinemateca, with no one in charge of these fundamental responsibilities.

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Launch event for the new Sight and Sound

On Friday July 30th at 10.00 GMT (at 10:00 PDT for international attendees), the British Film Insitute will unveil a major new redesign and editorial approach for the film magazine Sight and Sound, with an introduction by BFI Chief Exec Ben Roberts.

During the event an exclusive preview of the Sight and Sound’s special ‘Future of Film’ September issue will be shown. This issue marks Editor-in-Chief Mike Williams’s new vision for the magazine to build upon the legacy of the magazine and deliver culturally relevant, impactful film journalism, reflected in a new design, developed in collaboration with award-winning design agency Pentagram.

Williams will also reveal the stars featured on the cover of the September issues, alonside a series of established and emerging filmmakers who will be reflecting on their hopes and fears for cinema.

For those interested in received a complimentary copy of the launch issue, you can provide your mailing address when your RSVP. The event will take place at 10:00 GMT and again at 10:00 PDT for international attendees – please specify which launch you would like to attend when you RSVP.

RSVP right now by sending an email to nathalie.featherstone@bfi.org.uk with the subject “Sight & Sound new look launch”

Archival Research in Print: Physical Characteristics of Early Films as Aids to Identification

On Friday the 23rd, editor Camille Blot-Wellens and executive publisher Christophe Dupin delivered a presentation at Il Cinema Ritrovato on the newly expanded edition of Harold Brown’s Physical Characteristics of Early Films as Aids to Identification, following its publication in November of 2020.

The project, which was first proposed by Blot-Wellens in 2014, remains true in content and spirit to Harold Brown’s original edition, published by FIAF in 1990. In addition to preserving and clarifying his work with the integration of more than 900 images into the body of the text, and the inclusion of updated information in footnotes and a comprehensive index, the second section of the new edition is comprised of additional research, with a wealth of contributions from archivists specialising in film-identification.

A particularly valuable feature of the expanded text concerns the dating of film from specific production companies: Blot-Wellens and collaborators from a range of archives and cinematheques provide critical findings which enable the precise identification of film stock from AGFA, Pathé, Fuji, and other production companies by year.

Dupin began with a tribute to Brown, sharing details from his extraordinary life as a pioneer in archival preservation and film identification with attendees at Auditorium DAMS lab. From his post as an office boy at the BFI at just 15 years old, Brown would go on to be at the forefront of the creation of scientific film identification methods, a key player in FIAF’s Technical and Preservation Commissions, and an active educator, continuing to teach and publish even after his retirement. The expanded work is an extension of this remarkable legacy.

Additional remarks were made by Martin Koerber, head archivist at the Deutsche Kinemathek and author of the volume’s foreword, as well as Peter Bagrov of the Eastman Museum, whose essay, ‘Preliminary Notes on Soviet Nitrate Film Stock and Other Aids to Identification of Russian and Soviet Films,’ is included in the new edition.

Harold Brown’s Physical Characteristics of Early Films as Aids to Identification is available for online order through FIAF and North American distributor Indiana University Press, as well as for purchase at the festival book fair in Bologna.

Online public lecture series This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice

The 7th edition of Eye’s annual public lectures series This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice is the first one to be available online. With this series, Eye aims to interest a wider audience for issues related to the preservation, restoration and presentation of film heritage. Throughout 6 sessions, this edition focusses on the overarching theme of re-use and recycle of archival films from different perspectives. All lectures and Q&A sessions with guest speakers are available on YouTube. A selection of films screened during the sessions is available on the Eye Film Player.

Introduction by Giovanna Fossati (Chief Curator at Eye and Professor of Film Heritage at the University of Amsterdam). Q&A in collaboration with the Master students of the This is Film! class at the University of Amsterdam.

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Giovanna Fossati to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars)

Giovanna Fossati, Chief Curator at Eye Filmmuseum and Professor Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), will be one of the new members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences otherwise known as the Oscars. Fossati was selected in the category ‘members-at-large’ for her work in film preservation. 

Since 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has annually invited a select group of film professionals who have distinguished themselves due to their contributions to cinema to join the organisation. In line with Academy’s commitment to become more diverse and inclusive, this year’s new members originate from 49 countries outside the USA. 46% of the 2021 selection consists of women and 39% of minorities. In total, 395 new academy members have been announced.

Giovanna Fossati’s invitation to join the Academy constitutes major recognition of her work in the film archival field and, consequently, for Eye and its staff’s efforts to preserve, restore and promote film heritage.

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The Brilliant Biograph wins FOCAL Award for Best Archive Restoration & Preservation Project

The Brilliant Biograph, Mills of the Zaan Region (GB & NL, 1898) (c) Eye Filmmuseum

The Brilliant Biograph has won the FOCAL Award 2021 in the category ‘Best Archive Restoration & Preservation Project’. These recordings from the early years of cinema rank among the most richly detailed images in film history. The compilation transports viewers back to around 1900, when cities such as Berlin, Amsterdam and London were undergoing rapid growth. Of incomparable beauty are the shots of an enchanting Venice, a tourist destination reserved for the happy few at the time. The film can be watched free of charge on the Eye Film Player. 

The Brilliant Biograph: Earliest Moving Images of Europe (1897-1902) is a magnificent compilation of recordings from the collection of the Mutoscope and Biograph Company, one of the first film companies. The images take you back 120 years in time to Venice, Berlin and Amsterdam, letting you experience the excitement of the first film footage. Read more

A Season of Classic Films: Comizi d’amore by PP Pasolini

This summer the big screen of Piazza Maggiore will also light up, a restart expected by an entire community. On the occasion of the ‘Sotto le stelle del cinema’, Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna will present the new 4K restoration of Comizi d’amore (Love Meetings, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1965) during two free special screenings with English subtitles on Monday 28 June.

The film has been restored at the L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, by Cineteca di Bologna, in collaboration with Compass Film and with the support of MiC and A Season of Classic Films, an initiative of ACE – Association des Cinémathèques Européennes within the Creative Europe MEDIA programmme of the European Commission. Twenty-two film institutions from all over Europe, including the Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, 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.

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A Season of Classic Films: Fishermen and Fishing (1961) and Social Decay (1932)

On Sunday 27 June, the Greek Film Archive will present a newly-restored copy of the unknown masterpiece Fishermen and Fishing, by Leon Loisios, produced in 1961 (22’), narrated by the acclaimed director Stavros Tornes. Along with the world premiere of this new restoration, the Greek classic silent film Social Decay (1932, 50’) by Stelios Tatasopoulos will also be screened with English and French subtitles. The programme will be first presented on 27 June (9:15pm) in the cinematheque’s open-air cinema in Athens and from 28 June to 7 July, the films will be free-to-view online with worldwide access.

Watch Fishermen and Fishing and Social Decay

The special free screenings and the restoration of Fishermen and Fishing are made possible thanks to A Season of Classic Films, an initiative of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) with the financial support of the EU Creative Europe MEDIA programme. Twenty-two film institutions from all over Europe, including the Greek Film Archive (Ταινιοθήκη της Ελλάδος), 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.

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A Season of Classic Films: Seven Slovenian Shorts

 

In collaboration with the Slovenian Film Centre and the Slovenian Film Archives, the Slovenian Cinematheque presents seven digitally restored remarkable short films in a world premiere, in the context of A Season of Classic Films. This rare overview of Slovene filmmakers will premiere on Tuesday 22 June in a special free-admission event at the Silvan Furlan Hall of the Slovenian Cinematheque in Ljubljana. Between 23 and 27 June, the films will be free-to-view online with English subtitles. An introduction by Igor Prassel, Head of programme department at the Slovenian Cinematheque, will provide the context to the films and details about their restoration.

Watch Seven Slovenian Shorts (23 – 27 June)

The Slovenian programme highlights important filmmakers from the history of national cinema (1946-1984) and, in particular, their explosive creativity within film expression, which without exception integrates formal and narrative experiments. The historical overview starts with France Štiglic’s Mladina gradi (Youth Builds, 1946), an internationally acclaimed documentary on the building of socialism after liberation and then continues with Bizoviške perice (Laundresses from Bizovik, 1959), a film reportage on countryside laundresses by Jože Bevc, followed by Barva spomina (The Colour of Memory, 1967), a portrayal of painter Jože Spacal and his art directed by Jože Babič and Giorgio Šestan, Gratinirani možgani Pupilije Ferkeverk (Fried Brain of Pupilija Ferkeverk, 1970), an exquisite experimental short calling for freedom of expression by the renowned DOP and film director Karpo Godina, Slavica exception (Slavica Exceptional, 1971), a documentary portrait of a professional striper by Mako Sajko, Cukrarna (1972), Jože Pogačnik’s homage to an old building and its inhabitants with a glorious past and a tragic present, and finally, Zvonko Čoh’s Poljubi mehka me radirka (Kiss Me Gentle Rubber, 1984), a milestone in Slovenian artistic animated film.

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A Season of Classic Films: One Song a Day Takes Mischief Away (1970)

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of one of the most popular musical comedies in Croatia, the Croatian state archive – Croatian cinematheque will release the newly-digitised film One Song a Day Takes Mischief Away / Tko pjeva zlo ne misli and it will be free-to-view online between 18 and 25 June.

Watch Tko pjeva zlo ne misli (18-25 June)

Tko pjeva zlo ne misli is a musical comedy set in 1930s Zagreb. The film presents in a seemingly vaudeville plot the life of the Šafranek family in Zagreb in 1935. The father of the family, Franjo, drinks spritzers, while Ana, the mother, is confined in the kitchen where she fantasises about the men in the novels she reads. Ana’s sister often comes uninvited mainly just to have a free lunch. Mr. Fulir, a playboy, starts courting Ana, eventually leading to a big scandal. In this routine and complicated world of adults, their son Perica satisfies his child curiosity in observing the elders and writing about everything they do and say in his diary. The film is strongly placed in this specific ambient and time, but it presents universal themes of romance and seduction, dreams, hopes and delusions in their collision with reality.

The special screening is made possible thanks to A Season of Classic Films, an initiative of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) with the financial support of the EU Creative Europe MEDIA programme. Twenty-two film institutions from all over Europe, including Hrvatski državni arhiv – Hrvatska kinoteka / Croatian state archive – Croatian cinematheque, 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.

Tko pjeva zlo ne misli (One Song a Day Takes Mischief Away) | Yugoslavia, 1970, 93′

Director: Krešo Golik. Producer: Croatia film. Cast: Relja Bašić, Mia Oremović, Mirjana Bohanec, Franjo Majetić, Tomislav Žganec, Vida Jerman. Scriptwriter: Krešo Golik (based on a novel by Vjekoslav Majer) / Director of photography: Ivica Rajković / music composer: Živan Cvitković / editing: Katja Majer / scenography: Željko Senečić / costumes: Ljubica Wagner. Physical characteristics of first release: 35mm, 93’, colour, sound, Croatian. Film copy screened during A Season of Classic Films: New digitisation of a photochemically restored 35mm film copy. DCP, 93’, colour, sound Croatian. No subtitles (dialogue-lists available). Copyrights: Croatia film (until the end of 2020); authors rights.

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