The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary Italian director, Federico Fellini. This is how Fellini100 was born, an Italian celebratory project supported by eight Institutions: Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale, Regione Emilia-Romagna, MiBACT, Comune di Rimini, Cineteca di Bologna, Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, Cineteca Nazionale and Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino. Many ACE members have decided to take part to this project, organizing events to celebrate the genius of this director. There are just a few of the many initiatives:
The Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF), the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE), Cineteca di Bologna and L’Immagine Ritrovata are eager to announce that the ninth FIAF Film Restoration Summer School will take place during summer 2020 in Bologna, confirming the good results of their long lasting cooperation. The application process will close on the 16th February 2020.
Since 2007 these institutions have been promoting an ideal of shared knowledge in the field of film restoration offering the opportunity to specialists, film archive staff and students to experience the complete restoration workflow through the use of photochemical and digital technologies in a two-decade experienced film restoration laboratory.
Silent movies are usually absent in the streaming realm. Archives or YouTube can be the first stop for such works, but usually this comes with much search or a comprises. In this panorama, the Danish Film Institute’s initiative is particularly significant. Stumfilm.dk has been created as part of an ongoing restoration project and its objective is to highlight the importance of Denmark’s film industry in the beginning of the 20th century, an age when stars like Asta Nielsen, Valdemar Psilander and Gunnar Tolnæs found fame. The platform launched with 40 films, but more than 400 made between 1897 and 1928 will be added over the span of the four-year long project. In addition, a three-year research project between Denmark and Germany will help in mapping out the traffic of ideas and people between these two countries, who leaded the silent film era.
Neverending Past (Izmedju dana i noći), a film by Andro Martinović, director of the Montenegrin Cinematheque (Crnogorska kinoteka), has been selected as Montenegro’s candidate fot the 92nd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the International feature film category.
It presents three stories of a father and his sonforced to question their lives in borderline situations, set in three different time periods: WWII, the fall of Berlin Wall and after the dissolution of Yugoslavia.
The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is annually observed on October 27 to build awareness around the importance of safeguarding our film heritage. This is a key initiative for both UNESCO and the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) to honor audiovisual preservation professionals and institutions.
This year’s theme is “Engage the Past Through Sound and Images”.
2019 marks the 10th edition of festival Lumière, organized by Institut Lumière in collaboration with the city of Lyon and the Auvergne-Rhôn-Alpes. The festival takes place in the city of Lyon, the birthplace of the Lumière Cinematograph. Last year’s edition saw more than 180,000 attendees. As the festival continues to flourish, the anniversary is an opportunity to look back at the past ten years and continue to celebrate the memory of films, movie theaters and audiences.
This year’s edition is rich in events. Particularly remarkable is this year’s line-up when it comes to masterclasses with names like Frances McDormand, Daniel Auteuil, Marco Bellocchio, Marina Vlady and Bong Joon-ho. This year’s Lumière Award recipient, described by the festival as the “Nobel Prize of Cinema”, is Francis Ford Coppola. For its anniversary, the Lumière Festival has created a new section called Lumière Classics that presents a selection of the finest restored films of the year.
The 38th edition of Le Giornate del Cinema Muto will take place between the 5 and the 12th of October 2019 at Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi in Pordenone (Italy). The festival, organized by La Cineteca del Friuli, will showcase more than 200 movies between short and feature films. This year’s poster pays homage to Marion Davies with a photo taken by the great photographer Ruth Harriet Louise on the set of Beverly of Graustark. The two main themes of the 2019 edition are comedy and the strong female presence in all sections.
The opening event, which will take place on Saturday 5th of October at 20.30, is The Kid (1921) with a live performance from the Orchestra San Marco of Chaplin’s sheet music. “It may seem strange, but in the lengthy history of our festival we have never screened The Kid. This gap will be filled on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of Chaplin’s birth”, explains the festival. The closing event will be The Lodger – A Story of the London Fog (1927), Alfred Hitchcock’s third movie in which we can already clearly see his future trademarks. The new score, composed by Neil Brand, will be executed by Orchestra San Marco directed by Ben Palmer.
In 2019 Montenegrin Cinematheque is joining the celebration of European Heritage Days with the team “Arts and Entertainment”, which will be celebrated on the local and national level in the last week of September, between 23rd and 30th.
As usual, all events will be free of charge and opened to participants from different municipalities. Local and national institutions will organize exhibitions, visits to cultural heritage sited, as well as presentations of tangible and intangible heritage. Part of the program will be dedicated to educational workshops, lectures aimed for children and pupils and art competitions.
On September 6th, the Cinémathèque Suisse opened its new Research and Archive Center in the city of Penthaz in presence of Alain Berset, federal counselor, Isabelle Chassot, director of the Federal Office for culture, Cesla Amarelle, State counselor, and Pierre-Henri Dumont, mayor.
For Alain Berset, this Centre – with its 13000 m2 – hosts “one of the most important collections of treasures from film history of the entire world. But the real reason why it is so remarkable is because it represents the memory of Swiss cinema.” For him the inauguration of this Centre is “an important step in the process of modernizing and archiving our film heritage”.
Each year at Venice International Film Festival the section named Venice Classics highlights the importance of restoration by showcasing the work carried out by film archives, cultural institutions and production companies around the world. The restored film classics in the selection are in competition for the Best Restored Film prize, awarded by a jury of film students chaired – this year – by Costanza Quatriglio.
This year, the award went to Extase (Ecstasy, 1932) and the restoration carried out by Národní filmový archiv, thanks to the support of Milada Kučerová and Eduard Kučera and the collaboration of the Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary. The film was chosen as the pre-opening event for the Venice Film Festival. The prize was accepted by Jonáš Kucharský, sound curator and restorer.