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Film Restored

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.

Under the title "For Real?!", the seventh edition of the festival is dedicated to the many levels of the documentary in film history, whether aesthetic, political or technical.

The question of authenticity and truth claims runs through many of the presentations. Even or especially in a genre like nature films, the question arises: Isn't the representation of nature always ideologically overformed? This is especially true of the German "culture films", which were supposed to bring "distant countries and civilisations" closer to the audience. Films commissioned by governments, institutions or companies are usually far removed from the pure informational content they propagate. At the same time, beyond their educational or sometimes even propagandistic purpose, these works have layers of meaning that are not intended, especially when the films have survived in archives and have become documents of past ways of life and social conditions.

The festival will present some films in new restorations that illustrate the aesthetic diversity of the documentary form. The film programme will be complemented by workshop reports, lectures and panel discussions that will be streamed live at www.film-restored.de and will remain available for viewing for 14 days. A selection of festival films and a bonus programme will also be available online for registered users from 21 September to 5 October.

The Film Restored film heritage festival is an event organised by the Deutsche Kinemathek for the association of cinematheques.

The Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen

Film and television – art, everyday media and pop culture. The Deutsche Kinemathek opens the curtain onto this multifaceted world. In addition to the permanent exhibition, our special exhibitions highlight exciting aspects of film and TV. And we have more to offer. You are invited to create your own animated movies in our film studio and to browse the wide range of film resources in our library. The Kinemathek welcomes everyone. We offer accessible programs for visitors with disabilities, such as Touch Tours and tours in sign language. Our film distribution service encompasses a vast collection consisting of some 20,000 titles. Make a reservation and discover our archives, which include collections from and about Marlene Dietrich, Ken Adam, Margarethe von Trotta, and many others. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us directly, either in person or through our website.