Dear friends of Il Cinema Ritrovato,

Welcome to Il Cinema Ritrovato – in its 37th edition! – where we will once again celebrate the irreplaceable experience of collective viewing. Our programme has become more and more like the legendary The Movie Orgy (which will be introduced by Joe Dante himself): 470 films including 35mm, 16mm, restored masterpieces and hidden gems from all over the world. Not to mention all the extraordinary guests who will enrich Il Cinema Ritrovato and provide a unique opportunity to enjoy the history of cinema in all its nuances: Wim Wenders, Ruben Östlund, Luca Guadagnino, Barbet Schroeder, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, photographer and activist Nan Goldin, producer Jeremy Thomas, to name but a few, will hold this year’s great masterclasses. Eighteen programmes representing a journey through time and space without limits or boundaries, from the origins of cinema to the filmmakers and actors who have indelibly marked the contemporary world. More unique than rare, an opportunity to change perspectives and see the world through new eyes.


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