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.
The second edition of A Season of Classic Films will premiere on Friday 4 December at 19:00 CET with a free online worldwide streaming of the newly restored 1930 film Sinner without a sin. Yugoslovenska Kinoteka will provide the streaming service via its YouTube channel, while the screening at its premises in Belgrade, Serbia, will take place at a later date based on the latest COVID-19 measures.
The 27th of October saw the celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, a key initiative for both UNESCO and the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) to honor audiovisual preservation professionals and institutions that safeguard our heritage for future generations. Around the world audiovisual archives join together annually on this day to celebrate their work with events that not only highlight the vulnerability of these valuable materials, but also to celebrate the often, unheralded work of the institutions that provide protection and preservation, ensuring their availability in the future. This year the theme of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage was“Your Window to the World”.
Here you can find the initiatives organised by ACE members for the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage:
The fifth edition of the festival Film Restored, organized by the Deutsche Kinemathek, will welcome films and guests from all over Europe to celebrate film heritage from October 27 through November 1. The Festival will take place on location in Berlin in compliance with sanitary restrictions. Film Restored is pleased to present 21 films from 15 countries, films that have been produced, passed down and restored thanks to European cooperation. The events at Arsenal Cinema will be complemented by digital offers such as film screenings with introductions in order to make them accessible to a broader audience.
The program features new restorations, such as the opening night feature film “Kuhle Wape” (Slatan Dudow, 1932), the original version of “Ekstase” (Gustav Machatý, 1933) and “Love, Life and Laughter” (George Pearson, 1923), long thought to be lost. These new restorations include a number of movies from the silent era which will be shown for the first time in decades with live music to accompany them. The program will be completed with a series of lectures about restoration work, lectures and panel discussions.
After the success in 2019 with more than 15.000 people participating, ‘A Season of Classic Films’ is back for its second edition in December.
Led this year by the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) with the funding of the European Commission under the cross-sectoral strand of Creative Europe programme, this initiative will be presented on 15 October at the Festival Lumière in Lyon. The festival, focusing on the history of cinema, will host a special afternoon around ‘Europe and Heritage’ where Sandra den Hamer, ACE president and Eye Filmmuseum director, and Maria Silvia Gatta, representative from the European Commission DG CNECT, will explain the details of the outreach project and other policies and trends to keep supporting and modernising European film heritage.
The second edition of the Season of Classic Films will consist of a series of free screenings planned between December 2020 and June 2021 across Europe to raise awareness of the work of European national and regional film archives, especially among young adults. Most of the films are new digital restorations and some screenings include exciting elements such as live performances and experimental electronic music. With 22 participating institutions, this initiative particularly aims to support the reopening of European film archives, all affected by the Covid19 crisis.
A map including the list of cities and films will be soon available via this page.
Le Giornate del Cinema Muto festival from Pordenone (Italy) will close with a big event via streaming and in presence. Thanks to Lobster Films from Paris and to the American Library of Congress, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy will be the protagonists of the special closing event “Laurel o Hardy” available on streaming at 8:30 PM CEST Saturday 10th October with a live musical accompaniment by Neil Brand. The event will be repeated the following day in presence at 4.30 PM CEST at the Verdi Theatre in Pordenone with a live musical accompaniment by the Zerorchestra.
The films screened during this event want to highlight the genius of Laurel and Hardy that was evident even before they first teamed up. Le Giornate del Muto have decided to present 5 riotous shorts that precede their legendary partnership, each one joyfully showcasing their individual talents.
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.
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).