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Cannes Classics 2024

The Cannes Classics selection, created twenty years ago, once again features celebrations, restored prints and documentaries. It will be marked by the presence of great artists: Faye Dunaway, Wim Wenders, Sylvia Chang, Costa-Gavras, Raymond Depardon, Marco Bellocchio, Ron Howard, Frederick Wiseman, Dong-ho Kim, Montxo Armendáriz and more, to visit the history of cinema with those who preserve and restore our heritage, those who distribute and show films, film librarians and laboratories, festivals from all over the world, public institutions, 2024 festival-goers, loyal Cannes Cinéphiles accredited members and young 3 Three Days in Cannes spectators. Welcome!


100 years of Columbia Pictures

Charles Vidor
1946, 1h50, United States

A Sony Pictures Entertainment presentation. Restoration from the original 35mm nitrate negative and a 35mm nitrate internegative. 4K digitization and digital image restoration by Cineric, Inc. Audio restoration by John Polito at Audio Mechanics from the sound track of the original 35mm nitrate negative. Color correction, conformation, additional image restoration and DCP creation by Motion Picture Imaging colorist Sheri Eisenberg. Restoration supervised by Grover Crisp.
Screening in the presence of Tom Rothman, Chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.


The 40th anniversary of Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders, Palme d’or 1984

Wim Wenders
1984, 2h28, West Germany/France

A Wim Wenders Stiftung presentation. A 4K restoration commissioned by the Wim Wenders Stiftung under the supervision of Wim Wenders and with the kind collaboration of Argos Films.
Distribution France Tamasa, release July 3, 2024. 
Screening in the presence of Wim Wenders.


Le siècle de Costa-Gavras
Directed by Yannick Kergoat, written by Edwy Plenel
2024, 52mins, France

Michèle Ray-Gavras presents a KG Productions production with the support of INA, Gaumont Pathé Archives, ERT.
Presentation of one of the ten episodes of the documentary series « Le Siècle de Costa-Gavras », dedicated to the history of the film L’Aveu.
Screening in the presence of Costa-Gavras, Edwy Plenel and Yannick Kergoat.


The ultimate film of Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard
2024, 18mn et 34mn, France/Japan

An Écran noir productions production in association with ARTE France and Nekojarashi Llp (Roadstead).
Scénarios is the title Jean-Luc Godard chose for his final 18-minute film, made, literally, the day before his voluntary death. In addition, Jean-Luc Godard recorded a 34-minute film in which, mixing still and moving images, halfway between reading and seeing, he outlined his project for Scénarios
Screening in the presence of Fabrice Aragno, Jean-Luc Godard’s assistant, and Mitra Farahani, producer.


The 70th birthday of the Seven Samourai

(Les Sept Samouraïs)
Akira Kurosawa
1954, 3h27, Japan

A presentation of Toho Global Ltd. Digital restoration by Toho Co.,Ltd. For the 4K restoration, the 35mm print was supplied by Toho and produced by TOHO Archive Co, Ltd. Images and sound respectively digitized by ARRISCAN and SONDOR RESONANCES. Restoration carried out to celebrate the film’s 70th anniversary since its first Japanese cinema release. French distributor : The Jokers Films.
Screening in the presence of Shion Komatsu (Toho). 


The complete works of Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman
1969, 1h21, United States

A presentation and restoration by Zipporah Films in association with Steven Spielberg, with the participation of the Library of Congress.
New version restored in 4K from the 16mm image negative and original sound. Digitization and color grading carried out at DuArt and Goldcrest laboratories in New York. Digital restoration by Jane Tolmachyov, supervised by Frederick Wiseman and produced by Karen Konicek. Digitization of the complete works of Frederick Wiseman, which will be the subject of retrospectives around the world from autumn 2024. 
Screening in the presence of Frederick Wiseman.


Raymond Depardon Photographer
(The Declic Years)
Raymond Depardon
1984, 1h07, France

A Presentation of the Films du losange. Restauration in 4K under the supervision of Claudine Nougaret and Raymond Depardon at TransPerfect Media laboratory from 35mm image, magnetic and sound negatives.
Screening in the presence of Claudine Nougaret and Raymond Depardon.


Lucy Barreto, a producer in Brasil
(Bye bye Brésil)
Carlos Diegues
1978, 1h42, Brazil

A presentation and restoration by Lucy and Luiz Carlos Barreto for Produções Cinematográficas LC Barreto, in association with Quanta, Alexandre Rocha and Marcelo Pedrazzi, financed by Rede D’Or. 
Screening in the presence of Lucy and Luiz Carlos Barreto, Paula Barreto.


The 60th anniversary of Jacques Demy’s Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Palme d’or 1964
Jacques Demy
1964, 1h32, France

A presentation by Ciné-Tamaris. 4K restoration under the supervision of Mathieu Demy and Rosalie Varda-Demy from the original negative, scanned in immersion to reduce the effects of time on the film by the Eclair Classics and L.E. Diapason laboratories in Paris. Sound restoration based on a three-track stereophonic mix of music and vocals. 
Screening in the presence of Rosalie Varda-Demy and Mathieu Demy.


Florence Platarets
2024, 1h28, France

An Ex Nihilo, Ciné-Tamaris, ARTE France and INA production, with the participation of Ciné +, Cineventure 9, and the CNC. International distribution by mk2 Films.
Screening in the presence of Florence Platarets and Frédéric Bonnaud (screenwriter).


Laurent Bouzereau
2024, 1h31, United States

A Nedland Media, Amblin and HBO production.
The first feature-length documentary about Faye Dunaway who speaks about her career, with landmark roles in Bonnie and Clyde, Chinatown and Network. Joining Faye are her son Liam, colleagues and friends such as Sharon Stone, Mickey Rourke, James Gray and many others.
Screening in the presence of Faye Dunaway and Laurent Bouzereau.


Ron Howard
2024, 1h51, United States

An Imagine Documentaries and Disney Branded Television production.
Welcome to the mind of Jim Henson, a singular creative visionary, from his early years as a puppeteer on local television to the worldwide success of Sesame Street, The Muppet Show and more. With unprecedented access to Jim’s personal archives, Oscar-winning director Ron Howard offers a fascinating and insightful look at a complex man whose vivid imagination inspired the world. 
Screening in the presence of Ron Howard.


Lyang Kim
2024, 1h28, South Korea

A ZONE Film, Kookje Daily News co-production with the participation of Busan’s Committee for Local Press.
A portrait of one of the key figures in the rise of Korean cinema: Kim Dong-ho, founder of the Busan International Film Festival. The film describes his own dedication and creativity in the service of cinema and asks: “How could a high official fall in love with cinema?” 
Screening in the presence Dong-ho Kim and Lyang Kim.


Emmanuel Barnault
2024, 1h, France

An INA and mk2 Films production, with the participation of Ciné+ and the CNC.
Jacques Rozier or the fierce, independent itinerary of a filmmaker in perpetual disarray, admired by his peers and pampered by the critics. 
Screening in the presence of Emmanuel Barnault and Laurent Vallet, president of INA.


Nanette Burstein
2024, 1h41, United States

A Zipper Bros Films, Gerber Pictures, Sutter Road Picture Company and Bad Robot production. 
Thanks to access to Elizabeth Taylor’s personal archives and seventy hours of newly-discovered intimate recordings, the film by Nanette Burstein, who won acclaim at Cannes a few years ago for The Kid Stays in the Picture, which she co-directed with Brett Morgen, lifts the veil on the star, revealing a woman far removed from her public image. 
Screening in the presence of Nanette Burstein.


David Teboul
2024, 1h38, France

François Truffaut’s films “move like trains, you know? Like trains in the night. His life has followed the same rhythm. The word THE END arrives, he’s 52. A few months earlier, the filmmaker began confiding in his youthful friend Claude de Givray and delving into his family history. But he ran out of time to complete his autobiographical project. It was entitled “The Script of my Life”.
David Teboul’s film, based on correspondence and previously unpublished documents, reveals part of this ultimate story.
Screening in the presence of David Teboul and Serge Toubiana (screenwriter).


David Hertzog Dessites
2024, 2h, France

A MACT Productions and Le Sous-Marin Productions production with the participation of OCS, in association with Dulac Distribution, Mediawan Rights and Indéfilms 10.
Michel Legrand, jazz musician and composer extraordinaire, has left his mark on the history of cinema, including the films of Jacques Demy, especially The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, the 60th anniversary of which is being celebrated in Cannes. Using never-before-seen archives and personal accounts, the film looks back on a lifetime dedicated to music, and the career of a man who served it masterfully to the very end.
Screening in the presence of David Hertzog Dessites.


Marco Bellocchio
1972, 1h28, Italy/France

A Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna presentation. Restored in 4K by the Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna in collaboration with Surf Film and Kavac Film, under the supervision of Marco Bellocchio. The original camera and sound negatives have been scanned at Augustus Color and restored at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory.
Screening in the presence of Marco Bellocchio and Gian Luca Farinelli, Director of the Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna.


Steven Spielberg
1974, 1h50, Unitd States

A presentation and restoration by Universal Pictures. Special thanks to Steven Spielberg for his oversight of the 4K restoration of this film.
Screening in the presence of Cassandra Moore, Vice President, Mastering & Archive at NBCUniversal.


Ousmane Sembene and Thierno Faty Sow
1988, 2h33, Senegal/Algeria/Tunisia

A presentation of The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project. Restored by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and the Cineteca di Bologna at the L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with the Tunisian Ministry of Culture and the Senegalese Ministry of Culture and Historical Heritage. Thanks to Mohammed Challouf. Restoration funded by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation. 
Screening in the presence of Margaret Bodde, Executive Director of The Film Foundation.


Jean-Pierre Melville
1969, 2h23, France

A Studiocanal presentation. 4K restoration created from the original 35mm negative and sound negative carried out by L’Image Retrouvée. To be released theatrically in France on June 5 by Carlotta Films.
Screening in the presence of Juliette Hochart, EVP of Library, and Thierry Lacaze, Head of French theatrical, video and VOD distribution, Studiocanal.


Dalton Trumbo
1971, 1h52, United States

A Gaumont presentation. New 4K digital print, produced by GP Archives. Malavida will be released in France on October 2, 2024 in this new 4K print. 
Screening in the presence of Nicolas Seydoux, Chairman of Gaumont.


Mario Soffici
1958, 1h42, Argentina

An Argentina Sono Film presentation. Restored in 4K by Cubic Restauration in collaboration with the Society for Audiovisual Heritage, coordinated by Fernando Madedo and supervised by Luis Alberto Scalella. Restored in the original AlexScope 2.35 format from the original 35mm negatives in the archives of Argentina Sono Film, the owner of the film.
Screening in the presence of Luis Alberto Scalella, president of Argentina Sono Film.


Montxo Armendáriz
1984, 1h36, Spain

A presentation of the Cinémathèque Basque, Spain. 4K restoration financed by the Basque Government and carried out by the L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory from the original negative, supervised by director Montxo Armendáriz and with the agreement of production company Enrique Cerezo, PC. French distribution by Tamasa and release in French theaters in 2025. 
Screening in the presence of Montxo Armendáriz.


Jacques de Baroncelli
1947, 1h26, France

A Pathé presentation. 4K restoration, based on the original nitrate negatives, an image negative and an optical sound negative, as well as a 1st generation standard brown. Work carried out by the L’Image Retrouvée laboratory (Paris-Bologna).
Screening in the presence of Sophie Seydoux, President of the Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation.


Lino Brocka
1980, 1h26, Philippines

A Kani Releasing and Carlotta Films presentation. New version restored in 4K by Carlotta Films and Kani Releasing at the Cité de Mémoire laboratory (Paris) from the original 35mm image and sound negatives preserved by LTC Patrimoine. Sound restoration carried out at L.E. DIAPASON. Special thanks to Pierre Rissient and José B. Capino. French theatrical release: September 25, 2024.
Screening in the presence of Vincent Paul-Boncour, director and co-founder of Carlotta Films.


(The Churning)
Shyam Benegal
1976, 2h14, India

A presentation of Film Heritage Foundation. Restored by Film Heritage Foundation at Prasad Corporation Pvt. Ltd.’s Post – Studios, Chennai and L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory, in association with Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd., the cinematographer Govind Nihalani and the director Shyam Benegal. Manthan was restored using the best surviving elements: the 35 mm original camera negative preserved at the NFDC-National Film Archive of India and the sound was digitised from the 35 mm release print preserved at Film Heritage Foundation. Funding supported by Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd.
Screening in the presence of actor Naseeruddin Shah, the family of actress Smita Patil, producers of the film and Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, Director, Film Heritage Foundation.


Tsui Hark
1984, 1h42, Hong Kong

A Film Workshop presentation to mark the company’s 40th anniversary. 4K restoration of the original negative supervised by Tsui Hark and Nansun Shi, in collaboration with L’Immagine Ritrovata, soundtrack remixed by One Cool Sound.
Screening in the presence of actress Sylvia Chang.


Robert Bresson
1971, 1h23, France/Italy

A mk2 presentation. Restored in 4K by mk2 Films with the support of the CNC from the image negative and magnetic sound at ECLAIR CLASSICS, Paris/Bologna.
Restoration and color grading supervised by Mylène Bresson. Color grading by Christophe Bousquet. Sound restoration by L.E. DIAPASON. French theatrical release by mk2.Alt and Carlotta first quarter of 2025. International distribution: mk2 films. 
Screening in the presence of Nathanaël Karmitz, Chairman of the board of mk2.



Napoléon to open Cannes Classics
Abel Gance
1927, 3h40, France

After 16 years in the making, here is the first part (3h40) of Abel Gance’s Napoleonic epic (from Bonaparte’s youth to the Siege of Toulon).
Screening in the presence of Costa-Gavras, President, and Frédéric Bonnaud, General Director, of the Cinémathèque française.

The screening will take place in Salle Debussy on Tuesday May 14 at 2PM.


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