Digital Film Archiving — the CEN Preservation Package
A project team from CEN (European Committee for Standardization) is currently developing a software standard for the digital archiving of films – the CEN Preservation Package. The idea is to bundle existing container formats such as DCP, individual file formats such as DPX for images and WAV for audio, and many other file formats into a uniform package framework. The group leader, Dr Siegfried Fössel, head of the moving pictures department at the Fraunhofer IIS, will talk about the challenges, goals, and overall concept for the new standardised archiving software.
The 70th Berlin International Film Festival will honor Oscar-winner Dame Helen Mirren with its Homage and award her the Honorary Golden Bear for her lifetime achievement. The evening bevore she is a guest at the Hebbel am Ufer theater and and talks to MoMa chief curator of film Rajendra Royto about milestones in her career.
HAU I, Stresemannstraße 29 | Admission with tickets only | in English
Two essay films directed by King Vidor. Anchored in the concept of cinema as an “illusion machine”, in Truth and Illusion: An Introduction to Metaphysics (1964), the director examines the relationship between mind and matter. The short documentary combines elements of classical philosophy, modern science, and the ideas of Mary Baker Eddy (1821–1910), the founder of Christian Science. The second short documentary Metaphor: King Vidor Meets with Andrew Wyeth (1980) is a conversation between the director and the American painter. Wyeth (1917–2009) was a big fan of Vidor’s film The Big Parade (1925) in particular, and referenced moods and motifs from the film in several of his paintings. Talking to the “metaphorical realist”, Vidor discusses the significance of visual metaphors in his films. The films will be introduced by French film scholar and Vidor expert Catherine Berge, who made Journey to Galveston, a 1980 cinematic portrait of the director.