Events 2017

Film:ReStored_02. The Film Heritage Festival

The film heritage festival “Film:ReStored” will take place for the second time at the Filmhaus on Potsdamer Platz from October 26‒29, 2017. It is organized by the Deutsche Kinemathek on behalf of the Deutscher Kinematheksverbund (association of German cinematheques). The festival dates have been scheduled to correlate with UNESCO’s “World Day for Audiovisual Heritage” on October 27, 2017, which is the same day that this year’s Kinopreis des Kinematheksverbundes will be awarded.

The four-day festival “Film:ReStored_02” premieres digitally restored films. Associated lectures and workshop talks will devote themselves to questions surrounding the digitalization of film heritage. This year, copyright holders and authors ‒ as partners and participants of the digitalization projects ‒ are the focus of the debates. Archives would only be able to advance the digitalization of film heritage in a very limited way without the cooperation of the license holders. Contact points between archives and active copyright holders are diverse. The source materials are stored in the archives and the technical expertise required for dealing with the historical film material can be found there as well. However, without the consent and support of the copyright holders, these resources pertaining to archival works can only be conditionally used and further developed.

Where do the objectives and means of archives and license holders overlap during the digitalization of film heritage? The integration of living copyright holders and authors (for example directors and camera crews) into the digitalization process, can be extremely valuable for treatment that is true to the original, but it can also produce areas of friction. The desire for a creative revision, for instance, may be opposed to scholarly or archivist standards. Then again, making different versions could also be a way to do justice to divergent requirements. Can common guidelines or a “happy medium” be found?

The film selection for the festival is based on interconnections that relate to these questions and was made in cooperation with the copyright holders and authors. Thirteen films in all will be screened, predominantly as digital premieres.


Film Program “Film:ReStored_02,” October 26‒29, 2017

ALICE IN DEN STÄDTEN (FRG, 1974, directed by Wim Wenders)
AUF WIEDERSEHN, FRANZISKA! (D, 1941, directed by Helmut Käutner)
BALAGAN (D/F, 1993, directed by Andres Veiel)
BILDER DER WELT UND INSCHRIFT DES KRIEGES (FRG, 1988, directed by Harun Farocki)
DEFA 70 (GDR, 1967, directed by Werner Bergmann)
ETWAS WIRD SICHTBAR (FRG, 1982, directed by Harun Farocki)
MAMA, ICH LEBE (GDR, 1977, directed by Konrad Wolf)
MARTHA (FRG, 1974, directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
MIR KUMEN ON (PL, 1936, directed by Aleksander Ford)
OSTKREUZ (D, 1991, directed by Michael Klier)
TOBBY (FRG, 1961, directed by Hansjürgen Pohland)
DAS UNHEIL (FRG/F, 1972, directed by Peter Fleischmann)
ZWEI UNTER MILLIONEN (FRG, 1961, directed by Victor Vicas, Wieland Liebske)


This year’s lectures and workshop talks, which offer insights into the practical side of digitalization and its related questions, are also devoted to the cooperation between copyright holders, filmmakers, archives and service providers. Wim Wenders will introduce his own films, for example. In addition, the digitalization of Harun Farocki’s films will be presented in another segment.


Lectures, Workshop Talks and Introductions by:

Michal Bregant (Národní filmový archiv, Prague)
Serge Bromberg (Lobster Films, Paris)
Stefanie Eckert (DEFA-Stiftung, Berlin)
Michael Klier (filmmaker)
Martin Koerber (Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin)
Juliane Lorenz (Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, Berlin)
Ralf Schenk (DEFA-Stiftung, Berlin)
Laura Schmidt (Wim Wenders Stiftung, Düsseldorf)
Ernst Szebedits (Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden)
Andres Veiel (filmmaker)
Julia Wallmüller (Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin)
Wim Wenders (filmmaker)
Anke Wilkening (Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden)
Thomas Worschech (Deutsches Filminstitut, Frankfurt am Main)
Elżbieta Wysocka (Filmoteka Narodowa, Warsaw)


A complete program, published at the end of September, will provide information about further guests.


In cooperation with the Deutscher Kinematheksverbund and the Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF)

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Kinopreis des Kinematheksverbundes, 2017

On Friday, October 27th, the award ceremony of the Kinopreis des Kinematheksverbundes (prize of the association of German cinematheques) will be held, followed by a reception. This prize is a tribute to institutions, initiatives, as well as individuals in recognition of their contributions to cinematic heritage and a diverse film culture.

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