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.
This year’s festival is dedicated to the significant contribution that transnational cooperation in archiving and restoring has made to preserving film heritage. The long standing tradition of European coproductions will be shown by the selection of six films from the program, which were produced between 1932 and 1991. With films from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, and Croatia, the program also pays homage to the cinematographs of some of the Eastern European countries that have been part of the European Union since 2004.
The festival is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. The event is part of the Specialist and Culture Program of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the occassion of the German presidency of the European Council in 2020.