Dear friends of Il Cinema Ritrovato,

Il Cinema Ritrovato is back as in-person-only event (Bologna, 25 june – 3 july). Cinema might very well be the product of the era of mechanical reproduction, but every screening is different, a festival is not a digital platform and is in many ways unrepeatable; thus Il Cinema Ritrovato 2022 will come to life between the end of June and the beginning of July together with – and thanks to – the many people who will take part in the screenings. The films will live on and the many rediscovered and restored works will be the subject of retrospectives and the combined art of programmers and curators the world over. But for those who were lucky to be in Bologna, it will be impossible to forget the screenings they attended. For this reason, many illustrious guests have agreed to present a film, from Stefania Sandrelli to Walter Hill, from John Landis to Wes Anderson, from Alice Rohrwacher to Olivia Harrison and Bruce Weber… All the silent films will feature live accompaniment by musicians who will make Il Cinema Ritrovato screenings unique. For this year’s poster, we have chosen one of the most fitting scenes from a memorable film, The Conformist, which inaugurated the still young Bernardo Bertolucci’s second creative period. The dance scene sticks in the mind and we have chosen it as our guiding star for an edition that we hope will lead us all to rediscover the pleasure and emotion of sharing a film screening together.


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