From April to June, the Czech National Film Archive will offer free online access to seven silent films with contemporary music, in the frame of ‘A Season of Classic Films’. The selection includes some of the first movies shot in the Czech lands, Karel Lamač’s films and performances by Vlasta Burian and Anna Ondráková. Some screenings will be followed by live discussion on topics related to silent film and its presentation.
The first screening of the Czech retrospective is Karel Lamač’s Bílý ráj (White Paradise, 1924, 73’) with music by multi-instrumentalist Tomáš Vtípil on Thursday 8 April, starting at 17:00 CET. In this film, Nina falls for the good heart and piercing eyes of an escaped prisoner and decides to help him visit his dying mother for the last time. An ingeniously written script and the involvement of ‘The Strong Four’ – one of the most distinctive creative teams to come out of Czechoslovak cinema: director and actor Karel Lamač, cameraman Otto Heller, actress Anny Ondra and screenwriter Václav Wasserman – contributed to the international success of the film and established Lamač and Ondra as major forces of early cinema. Other prominent figures of early Czech cinema participated in the production, such as Martin Frič and Gustav Machatý. The new film digitisation originates from a 35mm coloured restored print, for which a unique tinted and toned nitrate film provided source material.
The premiere screening on 8 April will be followed by the discussion ‘Classics Today’, which provides a framework for the entire Czech retrospective. What the term ‘classic’ means in architecture, music, literature and why using this term, will be some of the questions discussed by guests from various cultural fields and moderated by the General Director of the Czech National Film Archive, Mihal Bregant.
During this pandemic, Film Archiv Austria has been offering its audience with HOME CINEMA the possibility of broad access to Austria’s film heritage free of charge, including key works of the feature film, weekly news reports, rare documentary and amateur recordings or, in some cases, historical film documents that are being viewed for the first time. The selection is carefully curated and accompanied by essays and other works.
This time, the film archive wants to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the first film screening, which took place in Vienna on March 20, 1896. The first apparatuses projected moving pictures onto the screen and so it began: with ively manifestos of pure curiosity and a new visual culture that reflect the pioneering and inventive spirit of this time in their unrestrained creativity and fantasy.
The Filmarchiv Austria looks back on the first years full of marvel until April 21 and invites you to a festival of curiosity with selected collections. The program of the digital home cinema changes weekly. You can click hereto discover the collections and hereto read the Digitorial.
On February 20, 1991, Maria Adriana Prolo died. She was a passionate and tenacious, competent, visionary and nonconformist woman and founder of the Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Turin (Italy). She did everything to make the dream of a museum dedicated to the Seventh Art come true.
The National Cinema Museum, on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of her death, decides to homage her with MARIA ADRIANA PROLO: A MUSEUM, ITS FOUNDER, a selection of images that portray her from the 1920s to the end of the 1980s, hosted on the external gate of the Mole Antonelliana. The private shots, also from the family archive, are accompanied by some of the photographs on display at the exhibition dedicated to the first seat of the Museum in Palazzo Chiablese, curated by Lorenzo Ventavoli, and the images taken by Elena Bosio on the set of the documentary Occhi che videro by Daniele Segre (Italy 1989, 50′), a film in which Maria Adriana Prolo and her Museum were the absolute protagonists. The film and the extra contents are presented as a unique document capable of capturing the vitality of Maria Adriana Prolo. The documentary will be available online on the Museum’s Vimeo channel for the duration of the tribute.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the Annual Visible Evidence Conference got postponed to late 2021 the organisers scheduled a smaller virtual event instead as a “teaser” to the actual conference.
Among other presentation the virtual event also hosts a joint presentation of the international research project “ViCTOR-E – Visual Culture of Trauma, Obliteration and Reconstruction in Post-WW II Europe” in which ACE is acts as associated partner. ViCTOR-E is part of the HERA research programme “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe”. The virtual presentation on Friday, December 18th , at 18:30 CET titled “Accessing the Visual Archives of Post War Europe: Trauma, Obliteration and Reconstruction” addresses the major shift in the accessibility of the European (documentary) film heritage and the resulting challenges for archival research projects such as ViCTOR-E and gives a first inside into the research results of the project.
VICTOR-E is a collaborative research project of Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (Germany), Università degli Studi di Udine (Italy), Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic), and Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne (France), in cooperation with the Deutsches Filminstitut und Filmmuseum (Frankfurt), the Centre National de la Cinématographie (Paris), the National Film Archive (Prague), the Archivio Nazionale Cinema Impresa (Ivrea), and the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE).
The project explores non-fiction films about the rebuilding of local, national and transnational communities across Europe in the period from 1945-1956 and investigates the question how audiovisual representations of public spaces – and particularly the documentation of war damage and of reconstruction efforts –, have shaped the politics, policies and polities of post-WW II Europe.
Click here for more info about the event and how to register for the Zoom panel.
Click here to learn more about the HERA-project ViCTOR-E.
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The 2nd edition of the European Classic Documentary Film Meetings will take place on March 19th 2021 as part of ParisDOC, the professional section of Cinéma du réel, France’s oldest creative documentary film festival.
A complete one-day program had been put together for the 1st edition last March, which unfortunately had to be cancelled because of the first lockdown in France. We are now very determined to prepare the 2nd edition for our next festival in March 2021 (adapting to the evolution of the pandemic, naturally).
Ever since the first lockdown, the Filmarchiv Austria responded with the offer of a curated online program. A concept with a future, as it turned out, because the digital Home theater has meanwhile established itself as an opportunity for broad access to Austria’s film heritage and has since regularly accompanied the retrospectives shown in the METRO Kinokulturhaus.
There are still a few days left to watch the retrospective celebrating the 25 years of Amour Fou, available free of charge. The production company, while being relatively young, has a portfolio of over 100 works (as of September 2020) that showcases a special passion and great artistic visions.