Alice Rohrwacher and Orecchio Acerbo will bring us the pandemic. A special, love-filled pandemic: A invenção do amor written in 1961 by Daniel Filipe (translated into images four years later by António Campos) which became one of the songs of the Carnation Revolution.
“We will remember the world through film”, said Bernardo Bertolucci, but cinema is also an art of prophecy. Jonathan Nossiter’s new movie, Last Words, will conclude our festival, and it will bring us to the end of our century via film.
In this dramatic and surreal year, Venice Classic is hosted by Il Cinema Ritrovato. It is an unprecedented and extremely important partnership between the two festivals that are driven by the same passions and goals, demonstrating how the cinephile community can respond to the pandemic and a crisis with a sense of solidarity and fraternal spirit. In Venice Classic section you will find the world premiere of newly restored films which are both great entertainment and works of stimulating themes, emotions and styles. The combination should be a delight for the attentive, sophisticated and curious audience of Il Cinema Ritrovato. The section covers a timespan ranging from 1937 of You Only Live Once, the second American film by Fritz Lang and a film which is considered a prototype for film noir, until 1990, when Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece, Goodfellas, forever changed the way cinema portrayed the world of gangsters and crooks. These two and all in between are movies to be enjoyed and studied, to continue the love and support for the cinema during a time when they are put into test by the pandemic and the forced isolation it brought.
Curated by Alberto Barbera, Federico Gironi
Among the institutions Il Cinema Ritrovato have been working with for over ten years, The Film Foundation has become a crucial partner. In 2020, the foundation celebrates its 30th birthday. In its lifetime it has been critical to establishing the imperative, urgency and value of restoring film heritage in the US and around the world. The programme of the festival devotes a transversal section to The Film Foundation, Martin Scorsese and the filmmakers who have supported the foundation’s work for these past 30 years.