Restored Black Peter by Miloš Forman to be premiered at Venice

18 July 2017

Czech Film

Restored Black Peter by Miloš Forman to be premiered at Venice

Czech Film

Restored Black Peter by Miloš Forman to be premiered at Venice

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Restored version of Czech film masterpiece Black Peter by Miloš Forman (1963) has been selected for Venezia Classici section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival.

The film will be screened in the Venice Classics section that presents the best digitally restored films of the previous year. This year the section includes masterpieces like 1900 by Bernardo Bertolucci (1976); Red Desert  by Michelangelo Antonioni (1964), The Third Lover by Claude Chabrol  (1962); Close Encounters of the Third Kind by Steven Spielberg  (1977);  Batch ’81 by Mike De Leon (1982), and more. 

In 2012, the National Film Archive screened another digitally restored film in Venice – Věra Chytilová’s A Bagful of Fleas (1962). And last year the digitally restored Ikarie XB 1 was succesfuly presented at Cannes and Berlin, 

"When the NFA decided to bring Black Peter back on cinema screens, Miloš Forman wrote a letter, expressing his hopes that the film “will look the same as when we shot it in 1963.” The NFA team headed by restorer Tereza Frodlová tried to make his wish come true, inviting a number of experts to join the efforts (including cinematographer Jan Malíř and sound designer Pavel Rejholec) and discussing the restoration with Ivan Passer, who was Black Peter’s assistant director. The digital restoration was carried out in Cinepost Barrandov, Prague," said Jana Ulipová from NFA.

The 74th Venice International Film Festival will be held at the Lido from August 30 to September 9, 2017; it is directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale chaired by Paolo Baratta.

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