A little more than a month after the end of the 35th edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato, we share an article written by one of the festival directors, Ehsan Khoshbakht, who gatherd in his blog impressions and preferences from festival friends and insiders.
IL CINEMA RITROVATO 2017: IN FAVOUR OF EXPERIENCE
by Tara Judah (Desistfilm)
Meanwhile, in Bologna, at the 31st edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato, something else is taking shape. The festival brings both popular titles and niche cinema out of the archives from far corners of the globe and back onto big screens, but it doesn’t pander to a culture of FOMO – there are few ‘new’ films to see here. It’s not that everything is shown with on equal footing – some screens are bigger than others (and some auditoriums better air-conditioned, too) – but the hierarchy is such that even the lesser known titles are given plenty of space and hoards of respect. Because, as festival director Gian Luca Farinelli writes, ‘Il Cinema Ritrovato is a solid festival with a program that focuses on transmitting the beauty and uniqueness of cinema as a cultural experience…”