2024 Il Cinema Ritrovato On Tour
Returning to the Twin Cities for a second year, Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour presents rare, restored, and recovered archival cinema. Il Cinema Ritrovato On Tour–Minneapolis will screen films at The Main Cinema from February 15–17, 2024. Closing night (February 18) will take place at the Heights Theater and will feature a new restoration of Ernst Lubitsch’s take on an Oscar Wilde classic, Lady Windermere’s Fan.
Presented in partnership by Archives on Screen, Twin Cities, MSP Film Society, and Cineteca di Bologna, the festival will screen highlights from Il Cinema Ritrovato’s 2023 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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Thursday, Feb 15 at 7:00 PM | The Main Cinema
This program is free. There will be a reception to follow
Celles qui s’en font | 1930 | 8 min.
Ceux qui ne s’en font pas | 1930 | 8 min.
Un peu de rêve sur le faubourg | 1930 | 11 min.
THE VOICE OF THE NIGHTINGALE
France | Directed by Ladislas Starevich (Wladyslaw Starewicz) | 1923 | 12 min
with live accompaniment by Molly Raben
The lighthearted, animated fairy-tale, La Voix du rossignol (The Voice of the Nightingale) tells the story of a nightingale, who is captured by a little girl. While the girl sleeps, the nightingale sings her a song of how he dreams of being reunited with his beloved. A pioneer of puppet animation, Ladislas Starevich combines live actors with animated birds and insects.
PATOUILLARD HAS A JEALOUS WIFE
France | Directed by Roméo Bosetti | 1912 | 6 min
When Patouillard goes out alone, his jealous wife is hot on his trail. She disguises herself as a man, leading to a confrontation that escalates in a chase scene and culminates on an industrial crane. Despite its familiar slapstick premise, everything about this short silent film is remarkable in its execution. Madame Patouillard’s disguise is so convincing that even we almost didn’t recognize her as the great performer and comedy star Sarah Duhamel!
Japan | Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa | 1926 | 70 min | Courtesy of FPA France
Thursday, Feb 15 at 8:30 PM | The Main Cinema
Acclaimed as a landmark of Japanese cinema, Kurutta ichipeiji tells the story of a guilt-ridden husband, who takes a job as a janitor in an asylum to be near his wife. Eschewing intertitles, the film conveys narrative through images alone, achieving a profoundly ambiguous approach which hovers on the edge of legibility. The film only survived by chance; Teinosuke Kinugasa rediscovered the original 35mm print in his shed in 1971. This restoration recreates the phantasmagoric blue tinting of its original release.
USA | Directed by David Schickele | 1971 | 73 min | Courtesy of Kino Lorber and Milestone Films
Friday, Feb 16 at 7:00 PM | The Main Cinema
Bushman moves between two locations––the United States and Nigeria–– and maps Nigerian immigrant Gabriel’s identity in the present and the past, depicted through memories and flashbacks. With one eye on cinéma vérité, the European new waves and early Cassavetes, and the other on African pioneers like Sembène, Ecaré and Hondo, David Schickele condemns reactionary and racist forces in the United States as well as the work of progressive intellectuals who misunderstand the deeper meaning of human experience.
Sweden | Directed by Heiny Srour | 1980-84 |
90 min | Courtesy of Nadi Lekol Nas
Friday, Feb 16 at 9:00 PM | The Main Cinema
Leila and the Wolves centers women’s roles in the fight for Arab liberation. In the film, Leila travels through time, from the British Mandate of Palestine to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, weaving together memory and myth. Drawing on archival materials, Layla wa zi’ab stands as a piece of anti-colonial cinema and feminist historiography. Acclaimed by critics for its originality and the talent of its director, Heiny Srour.
Germany, Hungary | Directed by Hermann Kosterlitz | 1934 | 88 min | Courtesy of Filmarchiv Austria
Saturday, Feb 17 at 2:00 PM | The Main Cinema
When we meet Eva Wild, she and her grandfather have just been evicted from their humble flat. Together, they try to make ends meet in a world that has only contempt for the poor. But when a thief steals Eva’s last dress, it gives her an idea: to disguise herself as a boy and call herself Peter. A narrowly escapist comedy, Peter features the work of several Jewish artists banned from German screens.
Italy | Directed by Vittorio De Seta | 1961 | 93 min | Courtesy of The Film Foundation
Saturday, Feb 17 at 4:00 PM | The Main Cinema
Unjustly accused of a crime, a shepherd flees through an arid and silent landscape. Set on the mountains of Sardinia, Banditi is Italian neorealism at its finest, depicted through De Seta’s sense of rhythm, his use of the camera, and his extraordinary ability to merge his characters to their environment.TICKETS
Iran | Directed by Bahram Beyzaie | 1979 | 102 min | Courtesy of Bahram Beyzaie
Saturday, Feb 17 at 7:00 PM | The Main Cinema
Long unseen, Bahram Beyzaie’s seamless blend of myth, symbolism, folklore and classical Persian literature in Ballad of Tara is unparalleled in its complexity. Strong-willed widow Tara encounters the fleeting ghost of an ancient warrior in the forest near her village, and only she can help him rest eternally.
Senegal | Directed by Ousmane Sembène | 1977 | 120 min | Courtesy of Janus Films
Saturday, Feb 17 at 9:00 PM | The Main Cinema
In Ceddo (The Outsiders), auteur Ousmane Sembène engages with two of the greatest tragedies in human history: colonialism and the enslavement of Africans. Set in an unspecified time between the 17th and 19th centuries, the film centers “the Ceddo,” or “the people of refusal,” who reject both Islam and the encroachment of Euro-American enslavement and colonialism. As an act of resistance, the Ceddo express their discontent and demand instant change.
Sunday, Feb 18 at 7:30 PM | The Heights Theater
With live accompaniment by The Poor Nobodys | Ernst Lubitsch 1925 | 88 mins | Silent film w/ English intertitles
Ernst Lubitsch’s unfaithful adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 1892 stage play fuses maternal melodrama with lighthearted irony. Mrs. Erlynne, notorious for her romantic scandals, returns to England to confide in Lord Windermere that she is the true mother of his young wife, Lady Windermere, who then mistakes Mrs. Erlynne for her own husband’s mistress. Lubitsch parlays the wit of Wilde’s words into visual textures: fleeting glances, searching binoculars, swift curtains, untrustworthy perceptions, and boxwood fences, all accurately fitted to conceal or reveal.TICKETS
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.
Learn more about Il Cinema Ritrovato 2023 here. https://festival.ilcinemaritrovato.it/en/
For more on the Cineteca di Bologna, visit their website. https://cinetecadibologna.it/
To learn more about where Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour happens around the world, visit this page. https://festival.ilcinemaritrovato.it/en/il-cinema-ritrovato-on-tour/
To see the full program for our 2023 Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour, Minneapolis premiere festival, visit this page: 2023 Il Cinema Ritrovato On Tour
To support Cineteca, visit the website Friends of Cineteca di Bologna
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
Gian Luca Farinelli, Andrea Meneghelli, Carmen Accaputo, Alessandro Criscitiello, Cineteca di Bologna
Olga Tchepikova-Treon, Logistics and Sponsorships
Dave Gomshay, Publicity and Outreach
Brett Lysne, Poster Design
Susan Smoluchowski, MSP Film Society Executive Director
Jesse Bishop, MSP Film Society Programming Director
Bryce Warren, MSP Film Society Technical Manager
Tanner Deml, Film Society Ticketing and Membership
Tony Brown, MSP Film Society Webmaster
The Main Cinema and Film Society staff
Molly Raben, Musical Accompaniment
The Poor Nobodys, Musical Accompaniment
Tom Letness, The Heights Theater
Peter Schilling, The Heights Theater
Archives, Distributors, and Collaborators
Cineteca di Bologna
Kino Lorber / Milestone Films
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Film Preservation Association(FPA) France
The Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation
Nadi Lekol Nas
The Film Foundation
National Film Archive of Japan