Category: Events

‘Season of Classic Films’ to be presented on Monday 31 August at Il Cinema Ritrovato


Gian Luca Farinelli, on behalf of Sandra Den Hamer (ACE’s President), will announce on Monday the ‘Season of Classic Films’ initiative at Il Cinema Ritrovato festival.

This will happen during the conversation between Thierry Frémaux and Gian Luca Farinelli on Monday 31st at twelve o’clock at Cinema Lumiere (Sala Officinema/Mastroianni). At the end of the conversation Gian Luca Farinelli will present the trailer of the project.

It’s possible to follow the event online on the Festival’s streaming website:
https://www.mymovies.it/ondemand/cinema-ritrovato/

and also on ACE’s FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/AssociationdesCinemathequesEuropeennes/

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The programme of Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival 2020

400 films, 7 movie theaters, 3 outdoor arenas: the 34th edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival, organized by Cineteca di Bologna, will take place from 25th to the 31st August, in Bologna, in person.

The 34th edition of what has been considered the Paradise of the cinephiles will showcase cinema history, from its origins to today, thanks to restorations, retrospectives, documentaries, world premieres of titles selected by Cannes film Festival (this is the case for Fellini degli spiriti by Anselma Dell’Olio and Last Words by Jonathan Nossiter).

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Venezia Classics at Cinema Ritrovato: from Scorsese to Lang and Lumet

The Venezia Classics‘ selection has been a part of Venice Film Festival since 2012, presenting a selection of the best film restorations made by film archives, cultural institutions and production companies from all over the world. This year Venezia Classics will be hosted as part of the Cinema Ritrovato Festival in Bologna, from August 25-31. The selection will be then screened in Venice in the later months. ACE is proud to announce that some of the restorations in this year’s program have been made by ACE members: Cineteca di Bologna, Cinémathèque française and Hungarian Film Archive. Below you can find the full list of the titles selected by Alberto Barbera in collaboration with Federico Gironi:

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Chantal Akerman: Passages – New exhibition at EYE Filmmuseum

From June 1rst to August 30th Eye Filmmuseum is proud to present a major solo exhibition of work by Chantal Akerman. In 1995, the Belgian filmmaker created a large spatial installation on 24 monitors based on D’Est, a film she originally made as a documentary. This was only the start of her second career in the world of visual art.

The exhibition hosted by EYE Filmmuseum features eight of Akerman’s film installations. They include among others the previously mentioned D’Est,  Woman Sitting after a Killing (2001), Tombée de nuit sur Shangai (2007-2008) and her final work NOW (2015).

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3 good news from Cineteca di Bologna

Thanks to the effort and the support from Comune di Bologna, three dreams are slowly becoming reality.

The new construction site in the area of the ex-parking lot Giuriolo will bring to life a new complex dedicated to film heritage and to the city of Bologna’s cultural heritage, something unprecedented in the world, thanks to the transformation of the spaces in the new headquarter. The new complex will host the film archive of Cineteca di Bologna (with more than eighty thousand titles and collections of immeasurable value) and the restoration laboratory L’immagine Ritrovata, considered to be a global reference point. There will new spaces open to the public and an area for open-air screenings.  This renovation fits into a project of redevelopment of the Bologna’s outskirts promoted by Piano Periferie per la città di Bologna.

Thanks to the institutional support from Comune di Bologna and Regione Emilia-Romagna Sotto le stelle del Cinema and Il Cinema Ritrovato will be able to return this year.
For the open-air screenings in Piazza Maggiore, Cineteca di Bologna is working on different hypothesis to make sure the screenings are hosted in the safest environment, suggesting a maximum number of one thousand spectators per screening. The program will be similar in length to the past years with more than 50 evenings, from July 4th to September 1st.

The XXXIV edition of Cinema Ritrovato will take place from the 25th to the 31st of August as an ideal peak of Sotto le Stelle del Cinema. The team of festival curators (Gian Luca Farinelli, Cecilia Cenciarelli, Mariann Lewinsky, Ehsan Khoshbakht) and the international scientific committee have been working for months to ensure a special and partly redesigned Cinema Ritrovato edition.

The Pordenone Silent Film Festival unites Film Archives from all over the world

The current health crisis has led the organizers of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival/Giornate del Cinema Muto to shift the 2020 programme selected by director Jay Weissberg to 2021. For 2020 to organize 8 days of thematic screenings and events, between the 3rd and the 10th of October, the world’s leading film archives have been chosen as the Festival’s co-producers, offering them the opportunity to present some of their treasures online to the Giornate’s audience during the established dates.

With the aim of making the archives the actual protagonists, the Festival is working with a number of major international film archives including the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., Lobster Films in Paris, Det Danske Filminstitut in Copenhagen, the China Film Archive in Beijing, EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, the National Film Archive of Japan in Tokyo, together with the Cineteca del Friuli, co-founder with Cinemazero of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival.

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Cineteca di Milano’s first online film festival

The festival “Il cinema svizzero contemporaneo – I film che non ti aspetti” is an online film festival dedicated to the contemporary Swiss cinema. It is organised by Cineteca di Milano with the support of the Swiss general consulate in Milan, with the collaboration of Cinema Svizzero from Venezia and with the contribution of the Swiss Institute.

The week between May 13 and 21 will see the premiere of 20 films between documentaries and feature length movies, an homage to the Swiss director Lionel Baier, an homage to the Swiss photographer René Burri and live conversations with directors.

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Film:ReStored_05 — Call for Submissions

The festival “Film:ReStored”, an event of the Deutsche Kinemathek dedicated to film heritage in the difficult scenario of the digital age, has reached its fifth edition, which will take place from October 27 to November 1 at the Filmhaus in Berlin. Even though the festival has always concerned mainly German film heritage and domestic digitalization with the addition of some international guests, the fifth edition, thanks to its theme “A European Affair”, will have a decidedly European orientation. Preservation, restoration and access to film heritage are concerns common to all film archives and now it is time to develop a pan-European perspective on film heritage in the digital age.

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Fellini100: celebrations all over Europe

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary Italian director, Federico Fellini. This is how Fellini100 was born, an Italian celebratory project supported by eight Institutions: Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale, Regione Emilia-Romagna, MiBACT, Comune di Rimini, Cineteca di Bologna, Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, Cineteca Nazionale and Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino. Many ACE members have decided to take part to this project, organizing events to celebrate the genius of this director. There are just a few of the many initiatives:

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Elonet – Free online access to Finnish film

National Audiovisual Institute Launches 4k Streaming Service

On 3 December, the National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI) in Helsinki launched a greatly expanded streaming service at elonet.finna.fi.

The key addition are 200+ Finnish feature films which are now available for streaming anywhere in the world for free. The bulk of these films are available at Ultra HD resolution but all feature titles are in at least HD quality.

The number of films available for streaming will grow in the coming years because in all, KAVI owns about 450 feature film titles. This number is about a quarter of all feature films ever produced in Finland.

Additionally, Elonet hosts thousands of advertising, documentary, and other short films. All war-time newsreels and the full series of 700 Finlandia newsreels are available for watching.

Elonet was originally launched in 2006 as a filmographic database. In 2018, KAVI built its own view to the national online finna service of archives museums and libraries, and this week, the elonet brand moved to Finna.