Official 18.05.10 . 00:00 AM
The screenings begin in the Salle Buñuel at 15:00 with one of the earliest award winners of the Festival: The Battle of the Rails (La Bataille du Rail) by René Clément was awarded the Prix International du Jury in 1946. One year earlier, the director shot the short film Iron Resistance (Résistance de Fer), a series of heroic stories about French train drivers during the occupation. On the insistence of his producers, he shot further scenes to make the feature film The Battle of the Rails (La Bataille du Rail). The screening will take place in the presence of the wife of the director, Johanna Clément (1).
At the same time, in the Salle du Soixantième, Boudu saved from Drowning (Boudu Sauved des Eaux) (1932) by Jean Renoir is screened in a print containing a scene that has never been screened before. The film tells the story of the homeless Boudu, saved by an idealistic bookshop owner after trying to commit suicide. Before long he is causing mischief in his benefactor’s household (2).
The World Cinema Foundation presents Two Girls in the Street (Két lány az utcán), a Hungarian film from 1939 by André De Toth at 17:30 in the Salle Buñuel. Two young women flee their respective villages and meet in Budapest where they decide to share an apartment (3).
Finally, the documentary Women are Heroes by JR closes the daily programme in the Salle Buñuel at 19:45. This documentary in the running for the Caméra d’Or retraces the three years the photographer JR spent on his wandering exhibition, Women are Heroes, in which he immortalised examples of female courage on film.
(1) Print restored by INA and Full Images
(2) Print restored by the Cinémathèque de Bologne
(3) Print restored by the Cinémathèque de Bologne and Immagine Ritrovata