The 2012 Venice Film Festival has programmed a selection of films from past festivals, none as yet restored or available in 35mm on DVD, but due to be restored by L´Immagine Ritrovata. IMHO two of them might be of interest to Second Run:
A Bagful of Fleas (Pytel blech) by Věra Chytilová Czechoslovakia, 1963, 44’, 35mm, black and white). The misery of everyday life, the existential void, the pompous didactic rhetoric of Communism inside a youth hostel. A documentary with ironic and grotesque moments, and one of the early works of Věra Chytilová, a key figure in the “nová ulna”, the new wave of Czechoslovakian film in the 1960’s. The only existing copy in the world.
Mud-covered City (Zablácené město) by Václav Táborský (Czechoslovakia, 1963, 8’, 35mm, black and white). In a new district under construction in Prague, mud is the citizens’ main concern: an ironic visual fantasy about the ambiguous – and sometimes absurd – urban and social development policies in Czechoslovakia in the Sixties.
Copies showing at Venice are taken from the Collections of the Historic Archives of the Contemporary Arts of the Biennale (ASAC). The selected films will undergo digital restoration at the L’Immagine Ritrovata lab in Bologna, or restored analogically with the purpose of obtaining a new 35mm copy. The Biennale will keep one 35mm or DCP/HD-cam copy of all the restored films, for preservation or future release in film circuits. Research was conducted by Stefano Francia di Celle under the supervision of Venice director Alberto Barbera.
Complete info here: http://www.screendaily.com/festivals/ve ... 91.article