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A Season of Classic Films: Condenados a vivir in Filmoteca Española

ACE presented the 5th edition of A Season of Classic Films, which includes cinema and online screenings of restored films and parallel events organised by 24 European film archives between June and December 2024. Opening night is Saturday 22 June with Condenados a vivir (Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent, 1972) at the Cine Doré cinema of Filmoteca Española in Madrid, Spain.

Filmoteca Española hopes that this restoration of Condenados a vivir will offer a stimulus to re-evaluate this gory ’70s film, which is cited as the inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. The screening will be introduced by Carlos Reviriego, Head of Programming at Filmoteca Española, and by Javier Rellán, Head of Conservation Service at Centro de Conservación y Restauración de Fondos Fílmicos “Carlos Saura” of Filmoteca Española.

Condenados a vivir (Cut-Throats Nine) | Spain, 1971, 90′, fiction.

Director: Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent. Producer: Films Triunfo. With: Robert Hundar, Emma Cohen, Alberto Dalbés, Antonio Iranzo, Manuel Tejada. Screenplay: Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent. Cinematography: Luis Cuadrado. Music: Carmelo Bernaola. Editing: Mercedes Alonso. Physical characteristics of first release: 35mm, 90’, colour, sound, Spanish and English-dubbed versions. Film copy screened during A Season of Classic Films: World premiere restoration, 2K, DCP, 90’, English version. Subtitles: Spanish. Copyright owner: José Frade PC.

Known as “the bloodiest of the Euro-Westerns”, Condenados a vivir stands as a highpoint in the career of Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent, a prominent figure in European western cinema. In 1971, he directed, co-wrote, and produced this film, driven by a desire to film a western in snowy landscapes. The plot revolves around an army sergeant who has to take his daughter and a group of dangerous criminals across a mountain range in the most horrendous conditions. Marked by its stark violence and nihilistic tone, Condenados a vivir blends elements of western and horror genres, earning it a cult following. The film’s impact is heightened by the notable cinematography of Luis Cuadrado and the breathtaking landscapes of the Pyrenees in the province of Huesca, northern Spain.

Condenados a vivir, like many films of its era, was released in two versions: one tailored for the Spanish market and another for international distribution. Research conducted by Filmoteca Española on the preserved film materials revealed significant additions to the international version, intensifying the violence in certain scenes. These supplementary frames were filmed separately, at times featuring different actors. Filmoteca Española will present the restoration of the internationally distributed version as part of this year’s A Season of Classic Films.

Cine Doré, 22 June, 22:00, Madrid, Filmoteca Española. Book your free seat here.

Repeat screening: Cine Doré, 4 July, 22:00, Madrid, Filmoteca Española. LINK TBC.

A Season of Classic Films: Celebrating film heritage across Europe

A Season of Classics Films features free screenings of newly restored films alongside parallel activities across Europe to attract new, younger audiences to cinematic cultural heritage. Through a series of live and online events, the programme raises awareness of the work of European film archives, advocating the significance of film preservation and cinema culture. This is an initiative of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) with the support of the EU Creative Europe MEDIA programme. For dates and access links of the upcoming free screenings in cinemas across Europe and online, please follow ACE’s website and social media pages on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter.

 

 View the full A Season of Classic Films 2024 Programme (PDF) 

 

 

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION DES CINÉMATHÈQUES EUROPÉENNES (ACE)

The Association of European Cinematheques (Association des Cinémathèques Européennes – ACE) is an affiliation of 50 European national and regional film archives. Its role is to safeguard the European film heritage and make the rich audiovisual records collected and preserved by the various film archives accessible to the public. ACE members are non-profit institutions committed to the FIAF Code of Ethics.

 

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ARTEKINO CLASSICS 2024 PROGRAMME

With the third edition of this groundbreaking public broadcasting initiative, ARTE and ACE are providing free online access to European cinematic treasures.

The new season of ArteKino Classics opens with two major Italian neorealist films: Federico Fellini’s comedy about a group of swindlers, Il Bidone (1955), and Roberto Rossellini’s documentary-style war film, Rome, Open City (1945). Scheduled to become available on 19 and 21 June respectively these two classics paint a portrait of Italy in the 1940s and 1950s.

Several titles will be included on arte.tv from 1 June, such as seminal works by filmmakers such as Dhimitër Anagnosti (Albanian National Film Archive), Harry Kümel (Royal Film Archive of Belgium), Zoltán Fábri (National Film Institute Hungary – Film Archive), Yvonne Scholten (Eye Filmmuseum), Živojin Pavlović (Jugoslovenska Kinoteka), Ana Mariscal (Filmoteca Española).

More European masterpieces will be added each month – with subtitles in six languages – until the end of the year. The digital and analogue broadcast collection will include films such as Philippe de Broca’s The King of Hearts (1966) in August, and Hungarian director Márta Mészáros’ Nine Months (1976) in October. Younger audiences will be able to discover or rediscover the classics of European cinema online.

Check the full ArteKino Classics 2024 Programme (PDF)
English, Français, Deutsch, Español, Italiano, Polski

Watch the films online with subtitles 
English, Français, Deutsch, Español, Italiano, or Polski (availability varies by region).



ArteKino Classics is an integral part of ArteKino which, since 2016, has produced the ArteKino Festival and ArteKino Selection as a showcase for young European directors and their contemporary visions, in a strategy that connects today’s young filmmakers to classic cinema. The programme invites European audiences to (re)discover both popular classics and films that broke new ground in cinematography and social discourse between 1945 to 1995.

The ARTE Group selects the works, in cooperation with the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE). All these films have been recently restored, many of them in the framework of ACE’s A Season of Classic Films.

Supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme, the ArteKino project is delivered by the ARTE Group and ACE.

Join the conversation on social media using the #ArteKinoClassics hashtag!


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ACE launches the fifth edition of A Season of Classic Films

Investing in Restoration and Distribution of Films from European Archives

ACE – Association des Cinémathèques Européennes unveiled on 20 May details of this year’s edition of A Season of Classic Films, during the 77th Festival de Cannes. Building on the success of previous years, A Season of Classic Films returns for a fifth edition with free screenings of newly restored films in cinemas and online, to continue to raise awareness about the work of the European film archives and advocate for the significance of film preservation and cinema culture, especially to younger generations. During the first five editions, the programme has supported the restoration and circulation of more than 170 European films.

The restored films of each edition are presented in a catalogue that includes context and contact information to enable further distribution beyond the end of this programme.

 View the full A Season of Classic Films 2024 Programme (PDF) 

 

Full programme and awards of the Joint Film Restoration Grant announced at Cannes

This year’s programme is curated by 24 European film heritage institutions. The films range from early silent classics, to sci-fi and noir films, and to works that foster reflection about humanity, slavery and domination, authoritarian regimes, and memory. The film institutions organise free-admission cinema screenings to present their respective restored films between June and December 2024. These special events feature talks by filmmakers or archivists, masterclasses, live music, educational activities, or parallel exhibitions. Selected films are also globally accessible online at no charge. All films are available with English subtitles. 

In addition to the newly restored films presented by each European archive, a Joint Restoration Grant is awarded as part of A Season of Classic Films to support transnational collaboration between film institutions for film preservation and restoration, for at least three European film archives collaborate on a single restoration.

At the Cannes event, ACE also presented the two recipients of this year’s Joint Restoration Grant of €60.000 shared between Vulo Radev’s humanist film The Peach Thief (1964) and a compilation of spectacular stencil-coloured shorts titled Fantastic Flowers (1906-1920). The jury, comprised of Oscar-awarded filmmaker István Szabó, ARTE’s Feature Film Department Deputy Head Barbara Häbe, and film curator-educator Eva Sangiorgi, selected the winners from applications submitted by Europe’s film heritage institutions.

The Peach Thief is a piece of film history with a powerful humanist message of understanding and brotherhood. In this sense, the central love story is an image of a broader meaning that can be embraced in our time. For us, as members of the jury, it was a discovery and we were touched by the grace and intensity of its language,” the jury writes of its choice. The Peach Thief will be meticulously restored in 4K thanks to the partnership between the Jugoslovenska Kinoteka, the Bulgarian National Film Archive, and the Montenegrin Cinematheque.

The second grant award goes to the restoration of lavishly stenciled-coloured films on the theme of “flowers”, a collaborative effort between the Royal Film Archive of Belgium, Eye Filmmuseum, and Filmarchiv Austria. This restoration programme aims to recreate for today’s audiences the experience of cinemagoers of more than a century ago, but also to provide a historical context to the colourisation debate, which surged as a result of the new possibilities offered by present-day digital technologies, particularly the emergence of AI.

A Season of Classic Films is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

 

Joint Film Restoration Grant 2024 – Jury Members

Barbara Häbe is currently the Deputy Head of the Feature Film Department at ARTE. She joined the French TV channel La Sept in 1989, which later became a member company of the European culture TV channel ARTE, and since 1992, she works at ARTE’s head office in Strasbourg. Initially, in charge of coproductions and acquisitions of international short films, Barbara Häbe is now responsible for coordinating feature films and selecting and supporting cinema coproductions proposed by the ARTE Group in the domains of classical movies, young cinema, and international coproductions. She also collaborates with the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes for the ArteKino Classics programme. 

Eva Sangiorgi is currently the artistic director of the Viennale, the Vienna International Film Festival. In 2021, she also became the coordinator of the Film Curating Studies Department at the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (EQZE) film school in San Sebastian, Spain.

István Szabó is a legendary filmmaker with an impressive body of work distinguished by its stylistic virtuosity and narrative complexity, often exploring the timeless theme of personal identity and politics. He is the first to bring Hungary the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and his numerous distinctions include Jury Prize, Best Screenplay and FIPRESCI at Cannes, two Silver Bears at Berlinale, a Golden Leopard at Locarno, a BAFTA Film Award, Best Director at Mar del Plata, five Oscar and Palme d’Or nominations, and lifetime achievement awards.


 View the full A Season of Classic Films 2024 Programme (PDF) 

 

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION DES CINÉMATHÈQUES EUROPÉENNES (ACE)

The Association of European Cinematheques (Association des Cinémathèques Européennes – ACE) is an affiliation of 50 European national and regional film archives. Its role is to safeguard the European film heritage and make the rich audiovisual records collected and preserved by the various film archives accessible to the public. ACE members are non-profit institutions committed to the FIAF Code of Ethics.

 

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A SEASON OF CLASSIC FILMS: PREMIERE OF ‘A halál után’ in the Festival de la Cinémathèque

The film A halál után (After Death, 1920, Hungary, dir. Alfréd Deésy) that was awarded the joint film restoration grant in 2023 in the framework of the programme ‘A Season of Classic Films’, has been selected to premiere in the Festival de la Cinémathèque. The international restoration premiere will take place on Sunday 17 March at 14:00 at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé.

About the film and the restoration

After Death was adapted from the novel L’Homme qui revient de loin by the renowned French author Gaston Leroux, whose detective and fantasy fiction works have been the subject of tens of film adaptations from the 1910s to nowadays, the best known of all being The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l’Opéra). L’Homme qui revient de loin was first adapted for the big screen by Gaston Ravel in 1917 immediately after its publication. In 1950, a remake was directed by Jean Castanier featuring Maria Casarès, and it even became a successful French TV series in 1972. Leroux’s works were very popular in Hungary and the novel L’Homme qui revient de loin was translated in Hungarian and published in 1920, prompting an immediate adaptation to film by Alfréd Deésy in the same year. Alfréd Deésy was one of the most prolific Hungarian filmmakers of the era, and the heroine, Kamilla Hollay, was a well-known star in Europe.

The only surviving copy, which features richly tinted images, has been carefully restored in 4K thanks to a collaboration by the National Film Institute Hungary – Film Archive, the Royal Belgian Film Archive and la Cinémathèque française.

The sole remaining nitrate print of this film has been preserved by the Cinémathèque royale de Belgique – CINEMATEK. In 2023, the National Film Institute Hungary – Film Archive undertook a digital restoration of this nearly intact 1613-metres-long tinted and toned nitrate print. This restoration effort was executed in collaboration with CINEMATEK and la Cinémathèque française. Throughout the restoration process, a deliberate choice was made to retain the original bilingual distributor titles within the film. Unfortunately, the opening credits did not survive, requiring a reconstruction based on available historical sources.

Digital copies of the restored film are shared among the partner archives to enable better accessibility and preservation.

JOINT RESTORATION GRANT

In 2022, ACE launched the Joint Restoration Grant within its A Season of Classic Films programme, thanks to the additional funding of the European Commission aimed at supporting transnational collaboration of film institutions in the field of film preservation. In 2023, the jury, comprised of filmmakers Radu Jude and Saodat Ismailova, ARTE France general director Olivier Père and film programmer at Lincoln Center and head of international relations at ECAM Industria Cecilia Barrionuevo, selected the film A halál után from an array of proposals submitted by European film heritage institutions.

A Season of Classic Films features free screenings of newly restored films alongside parallel activities across Europe with the aim of developing new audiences for film heritage. Through a series of live and online events, the programme raises awareness of the work of European film archives, advocating the significance of film preservation and cinema culture, especially to younger generations. In addition to reaching new audiences, the programme is also an expression of connection and solidarity between the European film archives, something which is key to the preservation of our common film heritage.

A Season of Classic Films is an initiative of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) with the support of the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

PREMIERE RESTORATION SCREENING

Chaired by Costa Gavras, the 11th edition of the Cinémathèque française archive film festival features newly restored films from all over the world. This very special premiere restoration screening of A halál után (After Death) will be held at 14:00 on Sunday 17 March at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé with live piano accompaniment from Matthieu Lecoq and will be introduced by NFI’s director György Ráduly and representatives of the partner archives.

For the previous joint restoration grant: please read more about Slike iz života udarnika (Life of a Shock Force Worker, 1972, Yugoslavia, Bahrudin ‘Bato’ Čengić) that premiered in Venice and received an ICOM award for international cooperation.

For film loans: To programme the films presented in the Season of Classic Films programme, please find the contact information and detailed filmographic details in our catalogues from 2021, 2022 and 2023.

For dates and access links of the upcoming free screenings of A Season of Classic Films in cinemas across Europe and online, please follow ACE’s website and social media pages on Instagram | Facebook | X-Twitter.

 

The International Council of Museums honours the Season of Classic Films 2022 joint film restoration

On Monday 4 December, the Slovenian branch of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) celebrated its annual award ceremony in the Museum of Modern History in Ljubljana, giving the international cooperation award to the joint film restoration project carried out in the framework of the programme A Season of Classic Films 2022.

The International Council of Museums honours EU-supported project on digitisation and restoration of film heritage

This is the success story of cross-border collaboration between organisations working in the field of film heritage to preserve and promote cinema culture. The Slovenian Cinematheque, the Austrian Film Museum, the Croatian State Archive – Croatian Cinematheque, and the Sarajevo Film Center united forces to digitise and restore Slike iz života udarnika (Life of a Shock Force Worker, 1972, Yugoslavia, Bahrudin ‘Bato’ Čengić). The project was carried out from May 2022 to April 2023 in the context of the 2022 edition of A Season of Classic Films, by the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) with the support of Creative Europe MEDIA programme  – the EU programme supporting the audiovisual and film sectors – and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.

Connecting European film heritage with new audiences

The film was censored and withdrawn from distribution since its national and international premieres at the Pula Film Festival and Venice Film Festival in 1972. After half a century, this project has given the film a new life and audience.

Photo taken at the Teleking studio during the restoration process.
Photo taken at the Teleking studio during the restoration process. © Teleking

In addition to the premiere during the 80th Venice International Film Festival, the film has already been presented in several events across Europe.

  • Premiere in Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Film Center Sarajevo in collaboration with Sarajevo Film Festival organised an open-air screening in Sarajevo with an attendance of around 2.000 people.
  • Premiere in Slovenia: The Slovenian Cinematheque organised a screening in Cankarjev dom (Slovenia’s largest Cultural and Congress centre) with members of the original crew.
  • Premiere in Austria, in the Austrian Film Museum and at the Viennale, Vienna International Film Festival.
  • Premiere in Croatia, during the Zagreb Film Festival.

The film was also available to online audiences via the ArteKino Classics programme. For three months, film-lovers across Europe could enjoy it free of charge with subtitles in six languages (English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Polish).

ICOM Award in the field of international cooperation

The International Council of Museums (Slovenian branch) has recognised the collaborative efforts with its 2023 Award in the field of international cooperation. This award is given to individuals, groups or organisations that establish a dialogue at the international level and promote the development and importance of museums as institutions and bring new ideas and contribute to the development of consciousness.

In the award justification, ICOM pointed out that “the value of the project is also reflected in the successful cooperation of experts from the wider international domain for the preservation of film heritage. The digital restoration process itself has improved the knowledge and establishment of best practices for film restoration in Slovenia.”

Pohot of Mr. Karpo Godina, cinematographer of the film, taken during the award ceremony.
Mr. Karpo Godina, cinematographer of the film, during the award ceremony. © Sašo Kovačič
Picture of Mrs. Ženja Leiler Kos, director of the Slovenska Kinoteka, during the award ceremony.
Mrs. Ženja Leiler Kos, director of the Slovenska Kinoteka, during the award ceremony. © Sašo Kovačič

 

 

For dates and access links of the upcoming free screenings of A Season of Classic Films in cinemas across Europe and online, please follow ACE’s website and social media pages on Instagram | Facebook | X-Twitter.

 

 

European Heritage Awards focus on Film Heritage

The prestigious European Heritage Awards 2023 Ceremony will take place on 28 September in the Palazzo del Cinema in Venice. The Grand Prix laureates and Public Choice winners, selected from among this year’s outstanding heritage achievements, will be announced in the presence of Europa Nostra President Cecilia Bartoli.

For this year’s ceremony, Europa Nostra partnered with ACE – Association des Cinémathèques Européennes and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect) to highlight heritage excellence and best practices in Europe in the domain of cinema culture.

The ceremony will feature extracts from significant film restoration projects. They will be projected during the intermezzos and as a celebratory conclusion to the event. The films include The Clowns (1970) by Federico Fellini restored by Cineteca di Bologna, the silent Swedish film With Reindeer and Sled in Inka Länta’s Winterland (1926, Erik Bergström) restored by the Swedish Film Institute, the film Life of a Shock Force Worker (1972, Bahrudin ‘Bato’ Čengić) that was jointly restored by Slovenska kinoteka, Hrvatski državni arhiv – Hrvatska kinoteka, Filmski centar Sarajevo and Ōsterreichisches Filmmuseum, and a compilation of Georges Méliès’ short films (1904-1906) restored by La Cinémathèque française. Two of the film excerpts will be accompanied by live music, performed by a violin quartet of the European Union Youth Orchestra. The restored films were presented in the framework of the EU-funded A Season of Classic Films programme.

The event will also be live-streamed via europanostra.org (28 September, 20:00 – 22:00 CET).

 2023 Ceremony Programme Booklet (PDF)
 2023 Summit Programme Booklet (PDF)

The European Heritage Awards Ceremony is the highlight event of the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2023. The Summit is organised by Europa Nostra and co-funded by the European Commission on 27-30 September in Venice, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of Europa Nostra. Europa Nostra is the largest European network of cultural heritage NGOs, supported by a wide network of public bodies, private companies and individuals, covering over 40 countries. It maintains close relations with the European Union, the Council of Europe, UNESCO and other international bodies. The federation campaigns to save Europe’s endangered monuments, sites, and landscapes, in particular through the 7 Most Endangered Programme. Europa Nostra celebrates and disseminates preservation excellence through the European Heritage Awards.

A Season of Classic Films: Celebrating Film Heritage across Europe

Currently in its 4th edition, A Season of Classic Films features free screenings of restored films alongside parallel activities across Europe with the aim of developing new audiences for European film heritage. Through a series of live and online events, the programme raises awareness of the work of European film archives, advocating the significance of film preservation and cinema culture, especially to younger generations. In addition to reaching new audiences, the programme is also an expression of connection and solidarity between the European film archives, something which is key to the preservation of our common film heritage.

A Season of Classic Films is an initiative of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) with the support of the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

For dates and access links of the upcoming free screenings of A Season of Classic Films in cinemas across Europe and online, please follow ACE’s website and social media pages on Instagram | Facebook | X-Twitter.

 

Budapest Classics Film Marathon 2023

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to attend the National Film Institute Hungary – Film Archive’s next edition of the Budapest Classics Film Marathon. The festival takes place between 12-17 September 2023, and it is open to visitors at all its favorite venues, Uránia National Film Theatre, Toldi Cinema, the French Institute, Budapest Music Center and the hugely popular and spectacular open-air screenings on Szent István Square in front of the Basilica.

This year, the Marathon’s focuses are Alexander Korda and his Universe, Emeric Pressburger,  Michael Powell, André de Toth, Adolph Zukor, Karel Zeman, female creators in Cinema, sport in film and we offer a yearly overview of recent restorations and rare pearls in the Open Archives section.

Our special guests this year among others: Andrew and Kevin Macdonald, Pierre Földes, Lajos Koltai…

The festival’s popular educational program continues: screenings, masterclasses, meet & greets, and a playhouse, all for younger film enthusiasts.

You can register for free accreditation HERE.  

The festival’s professional program the BUDAPEST CLASSIC LAB will take place at the French Institute between 13-15 September at 10 am- 3 pm. During the 3 days conference we will dedicate lectures and round-table conversations on the topics of film restauration, preservation and sharing.

You can read more about the professional program on the following link:  Budapest Classics Lab

Location: French Institute of Budapest, 17 Fő utca, Budapest.
Access is free of charge.

We are pleased to invite you also to join us at the first Budapest Archive Market which will be held on 15th September 2023 at the French Institute. The Market is an excellent opportunity for directors and producers who are working with archive materials and are seeking more partners in the field. The Archive Market welcomes international and domestic archives to exhibit their remarkable collections.

Our aims are to create a vibrant platform that brings together the archives, filmmakers, and film professionals to foster business cooperation and exchange. Don't miss this unique opportunity to celebrate and explore film heritage!

By participating, you will have the opportunity to connect with the Hungarian and international industry professionals and Archives, who can be your future partners in developing your projects.

Regarding the market for any additional information, please contact Asia Dér: Asia.andrejevna@gmail.com

We look forward to welcoming you in Budapest on these events.

Best wishes,

György Ráduly
director of NFI – Film Archive

 

 

 

 

A Season of Classic Films: Premiere of ‘Life of a Shock Force Worker’ in Biennale

The film Slike iz života udarnika (Life of a Shock Force Worker, 1972, Yugoslavia, Bahrudin ‘Bato’ Čengić) that was awarded the joint film restoration grant in the framework of the programme ‘A Season of Classic Films’, has been selected to premiere in the 80th Venice International Film Festival. The international restoration premiere will take place on Wednesday 6 September at 11:15 (sala Corinto) and there are two repeat screenings on the 7th September.

On the occasion of the premiere, the Director of Photography Mr. Karpo Godina will be present as well as the Slovenian Minister of Culture Dr. Asta Vrečko and representatives from the collaborating European film heritage institutions (Slovenian cinematheque, Croatian State Archives – Croatian Cinematheque, Austrian Film Museum, Film Center Sarajevo, ACE – Association des Cinémathèques Européennes).

About the film

The film is a collection of exquisitely beautiful tableaux vivants inspired by the lives of coal miners in post-WWII Yugoslavia. The main character is a miner who, despite being glorified for his hardworking achievements, lives a life that is anything but glitz and glamour.

Besides shining a light onto one of the blind spots on the map of European film heritage, the film touches upon the subject of propaganda — a pertinent matter in our post-truth era.

“Slike iz života udarnika was made based on a feeling, my feeling, the feeling of a man from Bosnia who saw the Stakhanovite tribe as the most moral form of acknowledging the working class, all that communism and a socialist society meant at the time,” commented filmmaker Bato Čengić during the TV programme Povečava, RTV Slovenia on 28 March 1996.

The film originally premiered at the Pula Film Festival in 1972 – out of competition – and was considered a representative of the film movement called New Yugoslav Cinema and widely known by its pejorative label Yugoslav Black Wave. Films of this movement depicted everyday life in Yugoslavia in a naturalistic way, showing it to be far less perfect than purported.

During the war in early 1990s, Bato Čengić deposited a 35mm print of the film at the Slovenian Cinematheque in Ljubljana. The image and sound negatives are preserved at the Croatian state archive – Croatian cinematheque. The Slovenian Cinematheque and the Croatian state archive have been taking care of these precious film materials, but so far without the possibility of restoring them.

About the restoration

For the 3rd edition of the programme A Season of Classic Films, ACE – Association des Cinémathèques Européennes presented the Joint Restoration Grant of € 50.000. A Season of Classic Films is an initiative developed by ACE to promote film preservation and is financially supported by the EU Creative Europe MEDIA programme. The objective of this specific grant is to underline the importance of preservation and restoration of film heritage through transnational collaboration of film institutions.

The Slovenian Cinematheque proposed the restoration of this film in collaboration with the Croatian state archive – Croatian cinematheque, the Austrian Film Museum and the Film Center Sarajevo.

At the Cannes Film Festival 2022, ACE awarded its Joint Restoration Grant to Life of a Shock Force Worker (1972). The jury, comprised of filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, Pordenone Silent Film Festival director Jay Weissberg and director of the Cinema-Fiction Department of ARTE Claudia Tronnier, selected the film from a raft of proposals submitted by European film archives. “Large parts of the Yugoslavian film heritage have so far been underserved,” the jury wrote about its choice. “Life of a Shock Force Worker has strong imagery, but it is in desperate need of colour grading since the original has faded with time. A key asset is that ACE and the four partner institutions responsible for this restoration project will collaborate with DoP Karpo Godina.”

Thanks to the Joint Restoration Grant of the Season of Classic Films and additional funding by the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia, the restoration has been successfully carried out in 4K through a remarkable international collaboration.

The negative was cleaned and scanned at L’immagine Ritrovata in Bologna (Italy), the positive print was digitized at Film Center Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), the film’s restoration and colour correction were completed at Teleking in Ljubljana (Slovenia), and the sound restoration was carried out at 001 d.o.o. in Ljubljana (Slovenia).

The restored copy includes previously censored fragments.

 Discover the background of this international collaboration and the film's historical context (PDF)

Future screenings

The restored film is already planned for screenings in other international festivals as well as for a 90-day free online offer across the whole Europe via the ArteKino Classics programme in the coming autumn.

  Please see here the latest news of A Season of Classic Films, a series of free screenings of restored films and parallel activities across Europe designed to attract younger audiences to our shared cinematic cultural heritage.

  Please also check out the restored films that are currently available to watch for free via ArteKino Classics with subtitles in six languages.

 

 

International Classic Film Market and the Re>Birth Programme in Lyon 17-20 October 2023

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The International Classic Film Market, a market dedicated to film classics, is organized every year as part of the festival Lumière in Lyon, France, with meetings, roundtables, cocktails and screenings. For its 11th edition, the Market will be held on 17-20 October 2023, welcoming again a large number of right-owners and major catalogues. This year, the International Classic Film Market will also feature the new Re>Birth Programme, with special events dedicated to sales agents and buyers on Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20.

Designed in a collaborative spirit, the new “Re>Birth programme” brings together:

  • Right-owners or representatives of classic films looking for new commercial outlets.
  • Professionals looking for new opportunities: buyers, sellers, distributors, programmers, laboratories, publishers and all other partners who can contribute to the new exploitation of films.

The program will include a selection of feature-length films, recently restored or in the process of being restored, with a target of theatrical re-release, distribution media (TV, platforms, video publishing, etc.), international sales, financial partnerships, etc., on the scale of different territories.

For this first edition of the “Re>Birth Programme”, the following will be eligible:

  1. Restored films certified Lumière Classics by the festival Lumière 2023.
  2. Films with a restoration project submitted by Market accredited members.

These events present a new approach to expand the offer and promote classics on all media.

  • Re>Birth Programme #1 “films with label”: Thursday afternoon, October 19
  • Re>Birth Program #2 “films to be restored”: Friday morning, October 20

Each session will consist of 6 presentations of films pitched by their right-owners or representatives (15 minutes per pitch with video excerpts) in the Karbone room. One-to-one meetings will then be organized between the project owners and interested professionals in the Market Village.

More information and the forms to apply are on the MIFC website.

If you are interested in this project at the festival Lumière and its Market in Lyon, please reach out to mifc@institut-lumiere.org.

 

ACE reveals the fourth edition of A Season of Classic Films 2023

Full programme and award of the Joint Film Restoration Grant announced at Cannes

ACE (Association des Cinémathèques Européennes) unveiled May 19 at the Dutch Pavilion in Cannes details of the fourth A Season of Classic Films, a series of free screenings designed to attract younger audiences to our shared cinematic cultural heritage. The 2023 programme will run June to December 2023 across European cinemas and online. 

The initiative also seeks to raise awareness of the work of European film archives, connecting the public with cinema history and the significance of film preservation. 

European film heritage

The fourth edition of A Season of Classic Films will comprise a diverse programme curated by more than 20 European film heritage institutions. The world premiere restorations will be presented as free screenings across Europe until the end of 2023 and will be supplemented by educational tools to attract younger audiences to European film heritage, such as live music, introductions by filmmakers etc. 

The films span early silent classics, thrillers and romantic comedies, to works focusing on current topics such as feminism or the impact of urban planning to environment. Many of the films will be globally accessible online for free for a limited time to further promote European film heritage to international audiences. All films are available with English subtitles.

Discover the full programme here (PDF)

A Season of Classic Films is supported by the EU Creative Europe MEDIA programme.

Joint Restoration Grant

During the Cannes event, ACE also presented a Joint Restoration Grant of €40,000 for the restoration of the Hungarian ghost story After Death (1920) by Alfréd Deésy. The esteemed jury, made up of filmmakers Radu Jude and Saodat Ismailova, ARTE France general director Olivier Père and film curator-educator Cecilia Barrionuevo, chose After Death from an array of proposals submitted by Europe’s film heritage institutions. 

An international collaboration between The National Film Institute Hungary – Film Archive, the Belgian National Film Archive and La Cinémathèque française will enable the new restoration of one of the few ghost stories to have survived from the silent film era. There is only one known remaining copy of the film and it features richly tinted images. Adapted from a novel written by Phantom of the Opera author Gaston Leroux, the film will be presented in a new 4K edition as part of A Season of Classic Films. 

Launch event at Cannes

The Cannes A Season of Classic Films presentation and award of the Joint Restoration Grant took place 19 May at 10am at the Dutch Pavilion in Cannes. The event was moderated by Paulina Reizi (Eye Filmmuseum, Coordinator of A Season of Classic Films). Special guests included Sarah Brunet (Policy Officer, MEDIA and Audiovisual Support Programmes, DG Connect, European Commission), Michal Bregant (ACE President), Olivier Père (General Director ARTE France) and Cecilia Barrionuevo (Film at Lincoln Center – Programmer at-large / ECAM Industria). 

 

 

Joint Film Restoration Grant 2023 – Jury Members

CECILIA BARRIONUEVO – film curator and educator

Cecilia Barrionuevo is currently Head of Seminars and International Relations at the Madrid Film School (ECAM) and film programmer at Lincoln Center. Barrionuevo was the artistic director of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival (2018 – 2021) and a member of the festival’s programming team since 2010. Barrionuevo also co-edited several publications, including the bilingual collection of “Las Naves Cine”, and has taught film classes around the world. She is also a member of the advisory board for the Film Study Center at Harvard University. In 2020, she was awarded with the honorary title of Chevalier of the Arts and Letters from the French Ministry of Culture. 

SAODAT ISMAILOVA – filmmaker 

Saodat Ismailova is a filmmaker, based in Tashkent and Paris. She is an important voice within the first generation of Central Asian artists to come of age in the post-Soviet era. She studied film and has made fiction films and documentaries, which have won awards at various international festivals. Her work focusses on the intersection of cinema and visual art. The use of archival footage is a recurring feature of Ismailova’s work. Her films and artwork have been featured in the Venice Biennale, Documenta (Kassel), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Berlin International Film Festival, Stedelijk Museum and Eye Filmmuseum (Amsterdam).

RADU JUDE – filmmaker

Radu Jude is one of the most renowned European directors of today. His work has been recognised with numerous awards from international film festivals, including the Golden Bear for Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn in 2021 and the Silver Berlin Bear for Aferim! in 2015 at the Berlin International Film Festival. Jude graduated from the Film Directing Department of the Media University of Bucharest. He started his career as a director’s assistant, including for films by Costa-Gavra and Cristi Puiu. Jude also directed several award-winning short films, among them The Tube with a Hat (2006) – the most successful Romanian short film ever. Most recently, his short film The Potemkinists was screened in 2022 at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes.

OLIVIER PÈRE – General Director ARTE France Cinéma

Olivier Père joined the French Cinémathèque in 1995, and soon became in charge of the programme, organising numerous retrospectives. Since 1997, he has been writing for the cultural publication “Les Inrockuptibles” on film and television programmes. Between 2004 and 2009, Père headed the Directors’ Fortnight, independent section at the Cannes Film Festival. From 2009 until 2012, he served as the artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival. In 2012, he became General Director of ARTE France Cinéma. He is also the Artistic Director of ArteKino and collaborates with the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes for the ArteKino Classics programme.