Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna presents the 31st edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna from Saturday, June 24th to Sunday, July 1st 2017, though this year one more day - Sunday, July 2nd, is added. Actually, the first bit of news is that this year the Festival is open for nine days. As is tradition, the festival officially ends with the evening screening in Piazza Maggiore on Saturday, July 1st. However, Sunday, July 2nd will be a day of repeats for all those who are still in Bologna and might want to catch films they missed during the week.
As usual, like a time machine Il Cinema Ritrovato will travel across three centuries of cinema, from the end of the 1800s to the beginning of the 2000s; and like a space machine it will take us on multiple trips with European, American, African, Asian and Latin American films. As always, the festival offers the unique opportunity to discover films we have never seen before and rediscovering ones we have always loved in their best version, in new restorations and in ideal screening conditions.
Among the manifold programs, a tribute to one of the brightest, sexiest and most unforgettable stars of Hollywood: Robert Mitchum.
Here are some of the main Festival sections: A Sunday in Bologna > All the films in this series take place on Sunday, the traditional day of rest when anything can happen. William K. Howard: Rediscovering a Master Stylist > The centerpiece of this mini-retrospective is Howard’s elusive early sound masterpiece Transatlantic (1931) Colette and cinema > monumental figure of French literature, Colette's activities in the field of cinema were manifold and intense. The program leads to the discovery of a French cinema written, shot or produced by women such as Simone Berriau, Solange Térac, Yannick Bellon and Musidora, Colette's lifelong friend. The Japanese Period Film in the Valley of Darkness > Using novel techniques such as naturalistic acting and modern language in period settings, these films brought a subversive vision to traditional jidai-geki (historical film) themes.
A Hundred Years ago: 50 films of 1917 The section deals with one of the most horrible years in world history. The ongoing war and the revolutions in Russia reduced the quantity of movies produced, but not their quality. This section will present some sixty feature films, documentaries, fragments and animation films.
There are a lot of other sections too:
Recovered & Restored
Tributes to Jean Vigo, Helmut Käutner, Bill Morrison, Emile Cohl
Looking for Film Colors: from Kinemacolor to Technicolor
Revolution and Adventure: Mexican Cinema in the Golden Age
The Keaton Project in collaboration with Cohen Film Collection
The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project
1897. Year Two of Cinematography
The Chaplin Project
Documents and Documentaries
Il Cinema Ritrovato Kids & Young
And also lectures, restoration case-studies, Il Cinema Ritrovato DVD Awards (14th edition), the book fair and many guests.