2023 Ritrovato on Tour
Il Cinema Ritrovato On Tour–Minneapolis will feature recently restored archival films at The Main Cinema from May 11–13, 2023. Presented in partnership by Archives on Screen, Twin Cities, the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Cineteca di Bologna, the festival will screen eleven highlights from Il Cinema Ritrovato’s 2022 lineup. Il Cinema Ritrovato is an annual international film festival that exhibits new restorations and archival films in Bologna, Italy. Archives on Screen is proud to partner with Il Cinema Ritrovato and Cineteca di Bologna to curate selections from their festival for Twin Cities audiences.
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Lecture by Pamela Hutchinson:
"Il Cinema Ritrovato: The Future of Film History"
Thursday, May 11 at 4:30 PM | FREE | The Main Cinema
Following the talk, please join us from 6pm–7 pm in the lobby of The Main Cinema for Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour's Opening Night reception. Hosted by Archives on Screen, Twin Cities.
To celebrate Opening Night of Minneapolis's first annual Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour festival, film critic and historian Pamela Hutchinson will give a talk introducing Il Cinema Ritrovato: Italy's festival of restored and rediscovered cinema held annually in Bologna. Hutchinson will describe the festival, explaining how it is programmed and how it deepens our understanding of the depth and breadth of film history. Her lecture will explore how the festival impacts film programming, spectatorship, scholarship, and criticism around the world, from the archival discoveries first shared at the festival to its support for both film restoration, physical media releases, and the exhibition of archival prints. Hutchinson's talk will also discuss Il Cinema Ritrovato's influence on the growing number of events in other countries that champion and exhibit archival and restored films, including the various traveling versions of "Ritrovato on Tour" in cities across the United States and the globe.
Pamela Hutchinson is a freelance critic, curator, and film historian based on the south coast of England. She writes for titles including Sight and Sound, Criterion, the Guardian, and Empire, and she regularly appears on BBC radio. Her publications include BFI Film Classics on The Red Shoes (forthcoming) and Pandora's Box, as well as essays in several edited collections, mostly on silent film. She has curated film seasons including Marlene Dietrich: Falling in Love Again and In the Eyes of a Silent Star: The Films of Asta Nielsen for BFI Southbank in London and the nationwide touring programme Pre-Code Hollywood: Rules are Made to be Broken with Christina Newland. In 2021, she delivered the Philip French Memorial Lecture at Cinema Rediscovered (Bristol, UK). She also edits Sight and Sound’s Weekly Film Bulletin and her website SilentLondon.co.uk is devoted to silent cinema.
To learn more about Il Cinema Ritrovato's important work, check out this short video.
Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 PM | The Main Cinema
France, India | Directed by Camille Legrand | 1921 | 55 min | Courtesy Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé
Most of India's prolific silent film productions have disappeared. Miraculously, we came upon Béhula, adapted from a Bengali legend in the Manasa Mangal—the epic cycle dedicated to the Snake Goddess, Manasa. The film is presented with a recorded composition.
USA | Directed by Charles Bryant, Alla Nazimova | 1922/1923 | 72 min | Courtesy Flicker Alley and Kino Lorber
A hypnotic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play, this 1922 queer fever dream ruffled a few feathers in its day, but has since become a touchstone of repertory silent film. Natacha Rambova’s extravagant design and Alla Nazimova’s gestural performance reached their zenith in Salomé. The film is presented with a recorded composition.
Friday, May 12 at 7:00 PM | The Main Cinema
Iran, Germany | Directed by Sohrab Shahid Saless | 1975 | 93 min | Turkish, German | Courtesy Saless Archives
The third film in an unplanned trilogy focusing on social isolation and stillness, Far From Home follows a few days in the life of Husseyin (played by the Iranian Parviz Sayyad), a Turkish ‘guest worker’ who shares a flat in West Berlin with a group of fellow Turks.
Friday, May 12 at 9:00 PM | The Main Cinema
Mexico | Directed by Felipe Cazals | 1976 | 115 min | Spanish | Courtesy Janus Films
One of Mexico’s most highly regarded works of political cinema, Canoa: A Shameful Memory reimagines a real-life incident when a group of urban university employees on a hiking trip were viciously attacked by residents of the village of San Miguel Canoa.
Saturday, May 13 at 12:00 PM | The Main Cinema
India | Directed by Aravindan Govindan | 1978 | 130 min | Malayalam | Courtesy Film Heritage Foundation
Thamp̄ is a poetic, allegorical film that gently explores the transience of human relationships and the rootlessness of the marginalized through the ripples created in the bucolic existence of a village on the banks of a river by the arrival of a roving circus troupe.
Saturday, May 13 at 2:30 PM | The Main Cinema
Algeria in Flames (Algérie en Flammes)
Algeria, France | Directed by René Vautier | 1958 | 22 min | French | Courtesy Moira Chappedelaine-Vautier
Algeria in Flames depicts acts of resistance during wartime and in everyday life, as well as documenting the tragic massacre of Sakiet Sidi Youssef. The film cost Vautier physical injuries and a long spell in prison, but he had no regrets.
Les Mains libres
Algeria | Directed by Ennio Lorenzini | 1964 | 56 min | French | Courtesy Casbah Entertainment
Using the aesthetic of militant cinema of the time, Les Mains libres displays a rich array of archival material from the Algerian war: rarely-seen photos, footage, press clippings. It is the first international Algerian film production.
Saturday, May 13 at 4:15 PM | The Main Cinema
Laborer's Love (Laogong Zhi Aiqing)
China | Directed by Shichuan Zhang | 1922 | 23 min | Chinese, English | Courtesy China Film Archive
The early 1920s saw an unprecedented cinema craze in China. It was in this sizzling ambiance that Zhang Shichuan and Zheng Zhengqiu made Laogong zhi aiqing, a slapstick satirical commentary about an unflappable fruit seller who is in love with the daughter of a doctor. The silent film will screen with live musical accompaniment by Zimu Ma on the guzheng. Original music composed by Cong Liu.
I by Day, You by Night
Germany | Directed by Ludwig Berger | 1932 | 98 min | German | Courtesy Murnau Stiftung
A tale of interiors and interiorities, a comedy of mistaken identity that folds in on itself. I by Day, You by Night is about matchmaking and filmmaking becoming one and the same: an artistic practice giving us access to our own desires.
Saturday, May 13 at 7:00 PM | The Main Cinema
Russia | Directed by Kira Muratova | 1971 | 97 min | Russian | Courtesy Janus Films
Divorcee Evgeniia Vasilevna has spent 15 years working at the same desk as a technical translator. She is equally stuck in the rut of her mothering role, refusing to acknowledge that her son Sasha has grown up, as in many ways she refuses to grow up herself.
Saturday, May 13 at 9:00 PM | The Main Cinema
Austria | Directed by Ursula Pürrer, Dietmar Schipek, Ashley Hans Scheirl | 1991 | 89 min | German, English | Courtesy Kinothek Asta Nielsen
Flaming Ears is a pop science fiction lesbian fantasy feature set in the year 2700. It’s a story of love and revenge, and an anti-romantic plea for love in its many forms—a cyberdyke movie that stimulates both the body and the brain.
About Archives on Screen, Twin Cities
Co-organized by Michelle Baroody and Maggie Hennefeld, Archives on Screen is dedicated to bringing rare, unseen archival films from around the globe to movie screens in the Twin Cities. Animated by a love of cinema and a commitment to making visible excluded images from the past, we work with international film archives and local film venues to expose students and audiences to the richness of film history. We program events that foster open dialogue and community engagement between university students and local film audiences across the Twin Cities. Our programming draws on local, national, and international film archives, and it spans the early history of silent cinema, studio feature films, experimental counter-cinemas, third cinema, amateur and non-theatrical films, short films, unfinished films, and contemporary independent filmmaking.
We couldn't have done this work without the following individuals and organizations.
Organizers and Participants
Michelle Baroody, Co-Director of Archives on Screen
Maggie Hennefeld, Co-Director of Archives on Screen
Guy Borlée, Festival Coordinator of Il Cinema Ritrovato
Olga Tchepikova-Treon, Logistics and Sponsorships
Rebecca Mayo, Publicity and Outreach
Brett Lysne, Poster Design
Pamela Hutchinson, Film Scholar, Critic, and Historian
Susan Smoluchowski, Film Society Executive Director
Jesse Bishop, Film Society Programming Director
Susan Smoluchowski, Film Society Executive Director
Bryce Warren, Film Society Technical Manager
Tanner Deml, Film Society Ticketing and Membership
The Main Cinema and Film Society staff
Archives, Distributors, and Collaborators
Shahid Saless Archive
Kinothek Asta Nielsen
Film Heritage Foundation
Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé
China Film Archive
If you want to support this project, please visit the Friends of Cineteca di Bologna website.