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Film Heritage Festival ‘Film:ReStored’ Encourages Better Understanding of German Culture

The Festival Fosters National Awareness, Inter-cultural Questioning and Business Relationships

September 12th, 2016
Alina Badea, News from Berlin
Film:Restored takes place from September 22nd – 25th in cooperation with the Association of German Cinematheques, FIAF and Arsenal. Also supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, the festival provides a unique opportunity to promote the European Union and showcase German culture to audiences across the globe.

The public will have the privilege of seeing digitally restored films from six decades of German film history, as well as the opportunity to participate in workshops, conferences and panel discussions. There will also be many interesting presentations about conserving film heritage in the digital era.

Cinema is an important tool for cultural diplomacy because it offers the opportunity to shape perceptions, involve foreign countries, explain issues and foster understanding between cultures. The Deutsche Kinemathek’s four day festival Film:ReStored will present cinematic premieres. The archives will display digitized examples, delivering new insights about cinematography and raising awareness about German culture.

The main and the most important focus of the festival will be on the status and conservation of original films after digitalization. In addition to the satisfaction of being able to enjoy film classics and other discoveries in the best viewing quality, Film:ReStored also dedicates itself to initiating comments and talks with participants. Many experts from Germany and abroad will be available for questions from the audience. They will clarify which media formats can be considered as “originals” and how they should be treated as archival objects or as references for further duplication.

This festival is an effective diplomatic and cultural tool and serves as a key connector of the German film culture to the rest of the world. 


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