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ACE announces the 2022 edition of ‘A Season of Classic Films’ and award of a new Joint Restoration Grant at Cannes

The third edition of ‘A Season of Classic Films’ was presented today at the EU Pavilion in Cannes when ACE (Association des Cinémathèques Européennes) reveals details of the new programme running June to December 2022 in European cinemas and online.

A Season of Classic Films

‘A Season of Classic Films’ is a series of free screenings designed to attract younger audiences to our shared cinematic cultural heritage. The programme looks to raise awareness of the work of European film archives, connecting the public with cinema history and the significance of film preservation. Most of the films are new digital restorations, and some screenings include dynamic elements such as live music performances and educational interactive sessions. All films are available with English subtitles.

Twenty-two film archives from 21 European countries (all ACE members) will participate in the classic film season, and each archive has selected a film or film compilation from their own collection to restore and present.

Joint Restoration Grant

Additionally at the event in Cannes, ACE presented the Joint Restoration Grant of €50,000 awarded for the restoration of the film Life of a Shock Force Worker (1972). The jury, comprising 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.

Four partner institutions from Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and Bosnia are joining forces to restore Life of a Shock Force Worker, a wonderful example of Yugoslavian New Cinema. Inspired by daily life in a coal mine, the film critiques the political regime of the era, all the time illustrating the state ideology of comradeship and unity. It further offers a clearer and more nuanced view of Yugoslavian film history, one of the blind spots on the map of European film heritage, and at the same time touches upon the pertinent matter of propaganda in our post-truth era.

“Large parts of the Yugoslavian film heritage have so far been underserved,” the jury writes of 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.”

During the war in Bosnia in the 1990s, film director Bahrudin Bato Čengić deposited a 35mm print of the film at the Slovenian cinematheque, while the image and sound negatives remain at the Croatian state archive. Post-restoration, the film will be offered in a new 2K edition with the support of the EU Creative Europe MEDIA programme and the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia.

Cinema and online screenings

This year’s ‘A Season of Classic Films’ promises to offer very much an in-person series of events and presentations within European cinemas. Most of the films will also be available online to allow for a greater reach to international audiences, building up on the experience gained during the previous edition.

“The second edition of A Season of Classic Films took place when most of our public venues were closed for long periods of time,” says ACE President Sandra den Hamer, also Director of Eye Filmmuseum. “Nevertheless, European cinematheques actively connected with their audiences through online screenings, new streaming platforms and/or hybrid events. ‘A Season of Classic Films’, as a joint project, again strengthened the collaboration and solidarity between the participating film institutions.”

From left: Jay Weissberg, Paulina Reizi, Sergei Loznitsa, Claudia Tronnier, Sandra den Hamer.

The Cannes ‘A Season of Classic Films’ presentation took place on May 23 at the EU Pavilion. The event was moderated by Paulina Reizi (Eye Filmmuseum, Coordinator of A Season of Classic Films). Speakers and special guests included Sandra den Hamer (President of ACE and director of Eye Filmmuseum), Sergei Loznitsa (Filmmaker), Claudia Tronnier (Director of the Cinema-Fiction Department at ARTE) and Jay Weissberg (Director of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival).


 

 

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION DES CINÉMATHÈQUES EUROPÉENNES (ACE)

The Association of European Cinematheques (Association des Cinémathèques Européennes – ACE) is an affiliation of 49 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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Out-of-commerce Works Portal Datathon event

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), through the European Observatory on Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights (the Observatory), in collaboration with Europeana, is organising the Out-of-commerce Works Portal Datathon event.

The main objective of the Datathon event is to raise awareness of the existence of the new out-of-commerce works solution available under the Directive (EU) 2019/790 with the aim to facilitate the digitisation of out-of-commerce works. The event also aims to bring together leaders among the cultural heritage institutions, in order to increase visibility and further attractivity of the out-of-commerce works system.

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ArteKino Classics: A New Look at Europe’s Film Heritage

Europe’s film heritage is a cultural treasure of astonishing diversity that will have a special place in ARTE with the establishment of the new programme ArteKino Classics. The works waiting to be (re)discovered by all Europeans include both well-known classics and films that are remarkable for their view of the world, their cinematography, or the superb acting.

ArteKino Classics is to kick off on 29 March 2022. It is composed of a three-month-long highlight, followed by a monthly offering, as of June 2022. The films on arte.tv will be available Europe-wide with subtitles in six languages. The twenty recently restored films from almost as many countries were selected in close consultation with the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE). A third of them are by women directors. ArteKino Classics brings together European films that broke new ground in cinematography.

As part of this programme, ARTE licensed feature films from ACE’s A Season of Classic Films catalogue that consists of newly-restored distinguished titles and less known gems (see catalogue here). These titles are: The Man who had his hair cut short (1965, André Delvaux) – Royal Belgian Film Archive, She Didn’t Say No! (1958, Cyril Frankel) – Irish Film Institute, Derborence (1985, Francis Reusser) – Cinémathèque suisse, The Wayward Girl (1959, Edith Carlmar) – Norwegian Film Institute, and The Death of a Horse (1992, Saimir Kumbaro) – Albanian National Film Archive. These films will be complemented with additional titles co-curated by ACE member institutions.

ArteKino Classics, which is part of the ArteKino project, is co-funded by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

Film Programme: English, Français, DeutschEspañol, Italiano, Polski.

Watch the films online: English, Français, Deutsch, Español, Italiano, Polski.

 

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Toute la mémoire du monde 2022 – The festival dedicated to restored films

 

This year’s Toute la mémoire du monde, the ninth edition of the festival dedicated to restored films, will have Carole Bouquet as its Godmother and Béla Tarr as the Guest of Honour. The festival will take place from March 30th to April 3rd.

Carole Bouquet will be on stage to talk about the films that are dear to her, Trop belle pour toi, Grosse fatigue, Travaux, but also about her incandescent work in Double Messieurs by her dear friend, Jean-François Stévenin.

The festival will pay a tribute to Béla Tarr during the Festival, an opportunity to review his monoliths, carved since the early 90s, including the impressive Sátántangó , but also to discover the hidden side of his filmography, his pre-glory films, striking portraits in colors of the Hungarian youth and working class.

Toute la mémoire du monde offers a vast selection of prestigious restorations, a unique opportunity to see again in exceptional conditions films as fundamental as Accattone, The Golden Age, Psychosis, The Rules of the Game or Truths and Lies. The festival will showcase rare works long hidden in the folds of history: As Tears Go By, Wong Kar-Wai‘s first feature film, Maddalena, sublimely set to music by Ennio Morricone, or Les Apaches by Dmitri Gaziadis. The festival will pay tribute to Isabelle Weingarten, Melvin Van Peebles, Peter Bogdanovich and Tonie Marshall, by showing some of their finest films on the big screen. Toute la mémoire du monde will help us get to know unknown filmmakers, the avant-garde Gustav Deutsch and Yuzo Kawashima, a pioneering director of the Japanese new wave. In conclusion the festival will showcase a selection of feature films from Deutsche Kinemathek and a selection of gems from Cinémathèque Française and from Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Turin.

For more information, visit the Cinémathèque Française’s website.

 

Discover the Deutsches Filminstitut Filmmuseum’s archives for Archive Day

Every two years, the Association of German Archivists proclaims “Archive Day“. This year, the DFF is participating with an online stream:

On Saturday, 5 March, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can discover all kinds of facts, stories and curiosities about the DFF archives, compiled by the teams working there.

If you have any questions about the archive work at the DFF, you can send it out to the team in advance: https://www.dff.film/tag-der-archive/.

Click here to follow the stream.

Public lecture series This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice

Eye Filmmuseum presents the 8th edition of This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice, a public lecture series devoted to notable projects in the fields of film restoration and film heritage. Under the overarching theme of Global Audiovisual Archiving, also this year’s theme of the Eye International Conference, international scholars and archival practitioners showcase and discuss archival practices from all over the globe.

Each of the six sessions will highlight different institutional and non-institutional efforts and archival practices worldwide. Together with guests, we explore topics like film heritage in Brazil, forgotten female film directors from Indonesia, the African Film Heritage Project, the efforts of the Asian Film Archive and the Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association, non-institutional practices in Latin America, and the Cinematheque Beirut project. This year’s guests are all members of the Advisory Board of the Eye International Conference on Global Audiovisual Archiving.

Film, talks & discussion
Each session will feature a short introduction by Giovanna Fossati (Chief Curator at Eye and Professor of Film Heritage at the University of Amsterdam), followed by a lecture and Q&A with an international expert on the topic and a film screening. Eye will record these events for online publication afterwards.

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Deadline Reminder: Call for Proposals Eye International Conference 2022

From 29 – 31 May, 2022, Eye Filmmuseum, the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), and the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) will present the 7th Eye International Conference on ‘Global Audiovisual Archiving: Exchange of Knowledge and Practices’.

The annual Eye International Conference is an opportunity for scholars, archivists, curators, researchers, filmmakers, students, artists, and film enthusiasts from across the world to gather and explore contemporary professional and academic issues affecting audiovisual heritage today.

The 2022 edition will focus on the imbalance or current misrepresentation of global audiovisual heritage holdings, looking in particular at the alarming scarcity of audiovisual heritage from the Global South in the digital space. We will provide speakers and participants a platform to encourage knowledge exchange between scholars and archivists from different parts of the world, and different archival traditions. The conference offers a space to consider the impact of geographical location, the availability of resources, technical and digital gaps, and different audiovisual traditions. We will discuss archival challenges and think together about new models for collaboration.

The goal of the conference is to broaden the knowledge and connections within the global archival community, leading to new insights on the status of film heritage and archiving in different parts of the world.

The Call for Proposals is now open and the deadline to apply is 16 January 2022. We encourage proposals from participants, archives, and regions that are underrepresented in conferences related to audiovisual heritage, discussing topics that highlight concrete, urgent, practical concerns, and threats to collections.

 

Read more about the Call for Proposals and submit your proposal online: www.eyefilm.nl/conference
Questions? Email us at conference@eyefilm.nl

 

Image © Francis Alÿs, REEL-UNREEL, 2011, Kabul, Afghanistan 2011, 19:32 min. In collaboration with Julien Devaux and Ajmal Maiwandi. BY-NC-ND

Frame by Frame – A new exhibition at Deutsche Kinemathek

A new exhibtion, titled “Frame by Frame – Film restaurieren” opens today at Deutsche Kinemathek with a special event and will run till May 2nd 2022.  Film restoration usually takes place in secrecy, in the workshops of the film archives and in the darkrooms of the copy factories. The exhibition brings this craft to light and shows the general public how the film archives work to preserve well-known but also forgotten works of film history and recapture them for the screen – and together with the film material also receive stories and testimonies for the future.

Divided in five chapters, everything that goes with saving films is examined: from the global search for film material and the reconstruction of early sound tracks to color and light determination in Technicolor films.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery and the Wüstenrot Foundation.

Click here for more information.

ViCTOR-E: The Reconstruction of Post-World-War II Europe through the Visual Arts – Call for Papers

Having survived World War II and the bombings of the Liberation gave a new impulse to a whole post-war generation. The innovative modernity of the architects who rebuilt the destroyed cities, the commitment of the construction workers who worked in perilous conditions, and the establishment of new, temporary peaceful diplomatic relations inspired a rich visual and artistic production.

Organized in the framework of the research project Visual Culture of Trauma, Obliteration, and Reconstruction in Post-World-War II Europe (www.victor-e.eu), this conference will take place 20-21-22 April 2022 in Paris, at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA). Itwill bring together the viewpoints of historians, visual sociologists, and historians of art, cinema, architecture, photography, painting and other related visual media on the period of Reconstruction following the Second World War in Europe. The research on the challenges of the post-war period, which began in the 1980s, has been fruitful but is only including visual sources since the 2000s. The increased digitization of archival collections, in particular iconographic and audiovisual holdings, encourages the exploration of the Reconstruction period through the rediscovery of these new objects.

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Festival Lumière 9th Classic Film Market 12-15 October 2021

The accreditations for the MIFC (Marché International du Film Classique) at the Festival Lumière in Lyon are open for both in situ and online attendance.

The MIFC reinforces its hybrid format, with online access to all its round tables, conferences and workshops, in French/English translation. The preliminary programme can be found below.

For details about the rates and benefits of the accreditation, you can visit the website here.