A Season of Classic Films

‘A Season of Classics Films’ is a series of free screenings planned between December 2020 until 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 or experimental electronic music.

With 22 participating institutions, the initiative also aims to support the reopening of European film archives, all affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Considering that the COVID-19 pandemic means the events will be subject to certain limitations, we are pleased that several institutions also plan streaming events to enable greater access.

The initiative is supported financially by the EU Creative Europe programme and coordinated by the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE).

NEXT SCREENING: THURSDAY 15 APRIL / SHE DIDN’T SAY NO! (IE/UK, 1958, 97′)

One of the most intriguing films in the IFI Irish Film Archive collection. Based on the real story of a mother of six children by 5 different men, all living in a village in Tipperary. The film had initially been banned in Ireland for moral reasons and it is believed that the first public screening in Ireland took place for the first time in February 2020. Thanks to ‘A Season of Classic Films’, the film has been recently digitised by IFI and it will be accessible online for a week, starting the 15th April, with an introduction on the film’s preservation and history.

PROGRAMME CATALOGUE

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SCREENING EVENTS IN APRIL

8 April – end June
White Paradise (1924)
Organised by Národní filmový archiv, Prague
17:00 CET – Free online worldwide screening. The film will remain accessible until June
19:30 CET – Live moderated discussion. Topic: Classics today

ACCESS THE FILM + MUSIC PERFORMANCE HERE

15 April until 22 April
She Didn’t Say No! (1958)
Organised by Irish Film Institute, Dublin
Free online worldwide access for a week.
With introduction on the film’s preservation and history.
It is believed that the first public screening of the film in Ireland (heretofore banned for moral reasons) took place in February 2020.

ACCESS LINK 15 – 22 APRIL

22 April
Films of Jan Kříženecký [compilation] (1898-1911)

Organised by Národní filmový archiv, Prague
17:00 CET – Free online worldwide screening. With commentary by restorer Jeanne Pommeau.
19:30 CET – Live discussion. Topic: Early Czech cinema

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