Venice Film Fest to screen 21 restored classics

  • Gautaman Bhaskaran, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jul 16, 2014 19:21 IST

The Venice International Film Festival will screen 21 classics that have been digitally restored. Eighteen of these will be full-length features and three shorts.

Cannes also has a similar section which was introduced in 2004.

The section for restored classics was introduced at Venice in 2012, and the ones screening this year have been fixed over the past year by movie libraries, cultural institutions and production companies around the world.

Director Giuliano Montaldo will chair the jury of film students that will award the Venice Classics Award for Best Restored Film and for Best Documentary on Cinema.

Some of the 2014 Venice Classics include: Stolen Kisses by François Truffaut (France, 1968), No End by Krzysztof Kieslowski (Poland, 1984), Bride by Omer Lütfi Akad (Turkey, 1973), Guys and Dolls by Joseph L Mankiewicz (USA, 1955), Only She Knows by Takahashi Osamu (Japan, 1960), The Audience by Marco Ferreri (Italy/France) and The Tragedy of Macbeth by Roman Polanski (United Kingdom/USA, 1971) among others.

There is nothing from India, though last year Venice showed Satyajit Ray's immortal classics - Kapurush and Mahapurush. The black and white print one saw looked as if it had just emerged from the lab.

The 71st edition of Festival runs from August 27 to September 6.

(Gautaman Bhaskaran will be covering the Venice Film Festival)

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