Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cannes Classics 2009

As many are saying, Cannes is not only about the competition and if you’re really familiar with the fest you already know that. You have one of the largest world market in this fest, the Marche Du Film; and you have so many events and activities, that if you’re lucky enough to attend the fest, you could party the entire fest without watching a single film (he, he) and perhaps many do the last.

Anyway today the news comes from Cannes Classics 2009 that named Martin Scorsese its honorary president. As some of you remember this section was established in 2004 to accompany the contemporary films of the Official Selection with a program of restored and rediscovered films to be released theatrically or on DVD.

The program this year includes a selection of restored and new prints for films like the following that I have seen, but if you have not I suggest you do not miss.

L’Avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960
Pierrot Le Fou by Jean-Luc Godard, 1965
Senso by Luchino Visconti, 1954

Most interesting is the news about the World Cinema Foundation that helped the Bergman Foundation to restore unseen footage from Igmar Bergman’s “home movies” shot by Bergman during the making of his films and this year they will present Images from the Playground, a 29 minutes short that was restored by Stig Bjorkman.

To check the all films in the Cannes Classic 2009 section please go here.

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