Since 2015, the Film Restored festival has been dedicated to film heritage in the digital age. Digital restorations experience their premieres here, filmmakers and restorers report on practical aspects of digital film processing and experts discuss political and aesthetic questions that play a role in the context of digitisation measures.
The eighth edition of the Film Restored festival explores gaps in film history and material, as well as absence as a narrative and aesthetic device.
Raising the curtain on this year’s festival on 25 October is Rosa von Praunheim’s digitally restored ‘Anita – Dances of Vice’ (FRG 1987), which centres on the unconventional nude dancer of the 1920s, Anita Berber, and which rescues her from oblivion. Other highlights include restorations of lost films such as ‘The First Degree’ (USA 1923) and ‘Europa’ (PL 1931).
The festival also brings to light films that have received little recognition so far. For example, you can discover programmes by female directors from Armenia, Ireland and Spain as well as the Brazilian Super 8 Queer Wave of the 1980s. Absence and loss are recurring themes in cinematic narrative. Aspects of these universal subjects are highlighted in recent film restorations from different continents. These include the Indian film ‘Ishanou’ (1990) and the Moroccan film ‘Soleil de printemps’ (1969).
The festival programme will be accompanied by lectures and professional events. In tandem, a supporting programme for the presentation of the Association of German Cinematheques Prize will take place, focusing on absences from the screen: films believed to be lost and now rediscovered will be presented and a panel discussion will be dedicated to the topic of dwindling cinema audiences.
The mission of the Deutsche Kinemathek is to preserve and reflect on audiovisual heritage. This includes content in the collections and archives that reproduces ideologies or stereotypes that are discriminatory. When dealing with such content and any reproduction thereof, contextualisations are essential. This does not imply any endorsement of the statements, judgements or representations conveyed by the respective content.
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