The 34th edition or… Il Cinema Ritrovato year zero. The festival returns against all odds, rescheduled for a time of the year which is perhaps not as familiar to the festival audience as the original June date, yet no less inviting and surprising ! Coming out of an experience as devastating as the Covid-19 pandemic, the desire to reconnect with life, the world and the arts is abundant. Cinema the way we know it — films on the big screen, viewed collectively — became an impossible experience for the longest stretch of time since the birth of the art form in 1895. This shook us all. We learned the lesson the hard way: yes, it can vanish. This edition, along with our usual mission, we aim to secure this much-needed re-encounter with the movies. Cinema, year zero.
This is our most unique edition yet. Covid-19 and the complications that came with it forced us to rethink the festival. With the health of the attendees as our top priority, we needed to come up with solutions to new problems. In an ironic turn, instead of shrinking the size of the festival, the pandemic actually led to enlarging it. To compensate for the restricted admittance to each venue, now we have ten venues hosting the festival, including three open air screening spaces, making it the largest edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato to date.
If you have read our previous announcements and see some strands or films missing here, it is because that due to the ongoing situation they couldn’t be realised as planned, and we have decided to postpone them. However, the majority of the previously announced programme is still intact and, in fact, since the last communication we have even added new films and retrospectives to the upcoming line-up.


The Musicians

Il Cinema Ritrovato is also one of the great international festivals of silent cinema. Rediscovering silent cinema, bringing it to new life, also means rediscovering, reconstructing, improvising and composing the music that accompanies it. As always, the best musicians of silent cinema as well as recognised young talent come to Bologna from all around the world. Their personal search for that magical harmony or the perfect tension between image and music are some of the reasons that make every viewing at Il Cinema Ritrovato, a unique and special one.


DVD Jury Awards

The award aims to encourage and give visibility to quality home entertainment Dvd and Blu-Ray from around the world. The competition is open to Dvd and Blu-ray released between March 2017 and February 2018 of important films made before 1988 (at least thirty years ago) and thus generally in line with the festival’s theme. The awards are divided into five categories: Best Dvd/Blu-ray (The Peter Von Bagh Award), Best Single Release, Best Special Features (bonus), Best Rediscovery of a Forgotten Film, Best Series/Best Box.


Cineteca di Bologna Trailer





This year too, a team of film critics headed by Roy Menarini will cover the festival with daily news, interviews, editorials and reviews. A group of young cinephiles, ranging from 16 to 20 years old, will join the editorial board of Cinefilia Ritrovata. Their best contributions will be published on-line