January 16th–30th, 2023, MoMA’s annual festival dedicated to celebrating newly preserved and restored films from archives, studios, distributors, foundations, and independent filmmakers from around the world returns in its 19th edition.
In March 2023, FIAF will join forces with the Cinémathèque française and the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé once again to offer a short training course (in English and French) aimed at professionals in FIAF archives and beyond. The general theme of this specialized course is still "Programming Film Heritage", and will once again be taught by programming experts from the global network of FIAF archives and other distinguished professionals in a relevant field. This 8th edition of the Winter School will take place on-site only, at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé and at the Cinémathèque, on 6 & 7 March 2023, just before the "Toute la mémoire du monde" festival at the Cinémathèque française (8-12 March 2023).
The Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) is a non profit civil association, dedicated to support Mexican filmmakers, cultivate new audiences and to spread the cinematographic culture of Mexico, through an inclusive and hospitable platform for national filmmakers, the public and the international film community.
"There appears to be a consensus that this year’s Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna was exceptionally rich —so much so that I concluded that my next column in these pages could be devoted to some of its riches, most of which are already available on DVD or Blu-ray in one form or another.
Dal 19 ottobre al 20 dicembre, Il Cinema Ritrovato sbarca a Istanbul con un piccolo programma realizzato a partire dai contributi della Cineteca di Bologna e del Centro Italiano di Cultura di Istanbul, 6 di 37 film selezionati dalla sezione "Ritrovati e Restaurati":Picnic at Hanging Rock di Peter Weir (1975) The Last Picture Show di Peter Bogdanovich (1971) Invaders from Mars di William Cameron Menzies (1953) Il conformista di Bernardo Bertolucci (1970) Tenebre di Dario Argento (1982) Videodrome di David Cronenberg (1983)
"Hugo Fregonese: Man on the Run", MoMA The Museum of Modern Art (Floor T2/T1 The Debra and Leon Black Family Film Cente) Through Sep 14
Perhaps history’s most restless filmmaker, Hugo Fregonese directed his first films in his native Argentina in the 1940s and then embarked on a globe-trotting career that took him to Hollywood, London, Paris, Rome, Munich, and eventually back to South America, all the while exploring themes of claustrophobia, entrapment, and imprisonment.
There is a little bit of Cinema Ritrovato at the Budapest Film Classic Marathon 2022 (Budapest, 13-18 september). In the festival programme the new restoration of The Color of Pomegranates by Sergei Parajanov will be screened. The film has been restored by Cineteca di Bologna/L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory and The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project, in association with the National Cinema Centre of Armenia and Gosfilmofond of Russia. Restoration funded by the Material World Charitable Foundation.
Cinema Rediscovered returns for its sixth edition in and around Bristol UNESCO City of Film from Wednesday 20th – Sunday 24th July 2022, celebrating the return of the big screen experience with a line-up of movie magic, from brand new restorations and rediscoveries to film curiosities before going on a UK wide tour from Aug – Oct 2022 with the support of MUBI and BFI awarding funds from National Lottery.
The programme features Chess of the Wind, restored in 4K by Cineteca di Bologna in collaboration with The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project.
Check out the complete 2022 programme.
"Hollywood’s studio era remains a continual goldmine for film historians and cinephiles looking for hidden gems, and Il Cinema Ritrovato has made a habit of yearly rediscoveries of long-forgotten directors whose turn it is be elevated to auteur status. Blunt and direct as the tactic may be — bound to raise even Andrew Sarris’ eyebrows when it comes to framing films exclusively through auteurism — there’s no denying that it’s been successful in the past. This year, the title of the great rediscovered auteur goes to Hugo Fregonese, an Argentina-born director who only made films in Hollywood for a few years amidst a 30-year career.
"When they unscrewed the heavy and majestic La Nonna (our carbon arc projector) from the pedestal in Piazzetta Pasolini and the ice cream vendor packed his stuff and went home it was clear that Il Cinema Ritrovato XXXVI was over. We had a ball. More than 400 films were shown during 8 and a half days. Cinema could be found in every corner of the city.
After the last year's round-up – seen and read by many – I asked colleagues, curators, film historians, silent film accompanists, scholars and the attendees to pick the title of the two films from the festival, one as their favourite film and the other of their major discovery at this year's edition. You can read them below.