Cannes Classics & le Cinéma de la plage 2023

    Cannes Classics & le Cinéma de la plage 2023 © Cinéma de la Plage © Maxence Parey

    We might introduce these credits by speaking them, like Him in the opening of Contempt: it's Film History at the Festival de Cannes... 

    There's Wim Wenders's "Room 666" revisited in 2023 by a young director... 

    There's Liv Ullmann and Paul Rassam...

    There are two resplendent Ozus... Man Ray is put to music by Jim Jarmush and Carter Logan...  

    Tavernier and Parrish take a stroll down the Mississippi, the centennial of the year is Warner's, documentary filmmaker Nelson Pereira dos Santos will be celebrated, as will the rock life of Anita Pallenberg, Hitchcock will be celebrated by the Film Foundation and Sautet by Belmondo and Ventura... 

    There are also two rarities from Cannes 1966, dockers from Marseille, Italian, Swiss and Hungarian rediscoveries, in fictions, in documentaries, in restored prints, some Messieurs de la santé, Rogelio A. Gonzalez the Mexican, René Mugica the Argentinian who adapted Jorge-Luis Borges... 

    The Festival de Cannes presents Cannes Classics 2023, dedicated to the one who said: "With cinema, we talk about everything, we get to everything", Jean-Luc Godard, whose last work, "Phony Wars", will be presented, like all his latest films, in world premiere at Festival de Cannes.

    Memories of Jean-Luc Godard

    Godard three times and for the ultimate time in majesty: the filmmaker celebrated through his last movie in world premiere, an exclusive documentary about him and a 4K restoration of one of his many masterpieces.  

    Le Mépris
    Jean-Luc Godard
    1963, 1h40, France

    A Studiocanal presentation. Restoration, supervision and digitalization in 4K by Studiocanal at Hiventy, with the participation of the CNC
    « No one better than Godard in Le Mépris has ever practiced cinema as the art of editing and editing as the art of circulating intensities, of changing lines. The art of moving from a color to a voice intonation, from a camera movement to a musical phase, from the birth of an emotion to the discovery of a space, from one speed to another. » Alain Bergala.
    Screening in the presence of Juliette Hochart, EVP Film Library and Thierry Lacaze, Director of Theatrical, Video and VOD Distribution, Studiocanal.

    Godard par Godard
    Godard by Godard
    Written by Frédéric Bonnaud and directed by Florence Platarets
    1h, France

    An Ex Nihilo production, with the participation of France Télévisions and the CNC.
    Godard by Godard is an archival self-portrait of Jean-Luc Godard. It retraces the unique and unheard-of path, made up of sudden detours and dramatic returns, of a filmmaker who never looks back on his past, never makes the same film twice, and tirelessly pursues his research, in a truly inexhaustible diversity of inspiration. Through Godard’s words, his gaze and his work, the film tells the story of a life of cinema; that of a man who will always demand a lot of himself and his art, to the point of merging with it.
    Screening in the presence of Florence Platarets and Frédéric Bonnaud.

    World premiere !

    Film annonce du film qui n’existera jamais : « Drôles de Guerres »
    Trailer of the film that will never exist : « Phony Wars »
    Jean-Luc Godard
    20', France / Switzerland

    A Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello and Vixens production, in coproduction with L’Atelier.
    Jean-Luc Godard often transformed his synopses into aesthetic programs. Drôles de guerres follows in this tradition and will remain as the ultimate gesture of cinema, which he accompanies with the following text : « No longer trusting the billions of diktats of the alphabet to give back their freedom to the incessant metamorphoses and metaphors of a true language by returning to the places of past shootings, while taking into account the present stories. »
    Screening in the presence of Fabrice Aragno.

    Filmmakers talk about the future !

    Chambre 999
    Room 999
    Lubna Playoust
    1h25, France

    An MK Productions production.
    « Is cinema a language about to get lost, an art about to die ? »
    In 1982, Wim Wenders asked 16 of his fellow directors to speak on the future of cinema, resulting in the film Room 666. Now, 40 years later, in Cannes, director Lubna Playoust asks Wim Wenders himself and a new generation of filmmakers (James Gray, Rebecca Zlotowski, Claire Denis, Olivier Assayas, Nadav Lapid, Asghar Farhadi, Alice Rohrwacher and more) the same question...
    Screening in the presence of Lubna Playoust, Wim Wenders and filmmakers appearing in the movie.

    Berri-Rassam: a family !

    A documentary to tell the exciting and unknown story of the Berri-Rassam dynasty with Paul Rassam who confides for the first time and to whom the Festival de Cannes will pay tribute.            

    La Saga Rassam-Berri, le cinéma dans les veines
    The Family
    Michel Denisot & Florent Maillet
    1h30, France

    A Together Media, Babel Doc and France Télévisions co-production.
    The Rassam-Berri. Two intertwined families who have made half a century of cinema. La Grande Bouffe, We won't grow old together, Tchao Pantin, Apocalypse Now, Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis, The Artist. At the center of this family, an unknown to the general public: Paul Rassam. His brother and his brother-in-law are more famous: the sulphurous Jean-Pierre Rassam and Claude Berri. It is a story peppered with drama, and today, a new generation has taken over. Thomas Langmann - son of Claude Berri - and Dimitri Rassam, son of Carole Bouquet and Jean-Pierre Rassam.
    Screening in the presence of Michel Denisot, Paul Rassam, Carole Bouquet, Thomas Langmann and Dimitri Rassam.

    Liv Ullmann's presence

    Actor and director Liv Ullmann, who was often in the OfficIal Selection and Jury President at Cannes in 2001, will be present fr this 76th edition for a documentary in which she talks about her career, her life and her activism.          

    Liv Ullmann - A Road Less Travelled
    Dheeraj Akolkar
    2h12, Norway

    Presented by Viaplay. Produced by Teddy TV and Vardo Films..
    Divided in three chapters, this film explores the iconic actor, writer, director, author and activist Liv Ullmann's multifaceted life, and her extraordinary international career spanning over 66 years. This is the story of an ever-evolving human being full of openness and curiosity, who embraces possibilities and uncertainties, demonstrates what it means to be a woman in a male-dominated world and shows how to find and use one’s voice without losing one’s integrity, sense of humour or friends. Using intimate contributions from some of Liv's close companions, such as Cate Blanchett, Jessica Chastain, Lena Endre, Pernilla August, Jeremy Irons, John Lithgow, Sam Waterston, John Lahai, Tom Remlov, Kjell Erik Øie and Michał Leszczyłowski, the film delves deep into the core values underneath Liv’s universal appeal and longevity and celebrates one of the world's most respected and revered artists in the world.
    Screening in the presence of Liv Ullmann and Dheeraj Akolkar.

    Celebrating Ozu  (1903-1963)

    Cannes Classics will launch the celebration of Ozu, who was born in 1903 and who died in 1963. The second part of the year will be placed under the sign of the Japanese director with two new restorations in world premiere.          

    Nagaya shinshiroku
    Record of a Tenement Gentleman
    Yasujirō Ozu
    1947, 1h12, Japan

    Presented by Shochiku. Digital restoration by Shochiku Co., Ltd., subsidized by J-LOD. The 4K restoration was managed by Shochiku and conducted by IMAGICA Entertainment Services, Inc. Color correction supervised by Masashi Chikamori and sound restoration supervised by Kazunori Shimizu. French distribution in theaters: Carlotta Films.
    Screening in the presence of Meri Koyama (Shochiku)

    Munekata kyōdai
    The Munekata Sisters
    Yasujirō Ozu
    1950, 1h54, Japan

    Presented by Toho. Digital restoration by Toho Co.,Ltd. For the 4K restoration, the 35mm master positive was provided by Toho, and conducted by Tokyo Laboratory Ltd. French distribution: Carlotta Films..
    Screening in the presence of Shion Komatsu,  (Toho)

    When Jim Jarmush Meets Man Ray

    Event : the four films of painter, photographer and director Man Ray have just been restored. Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan, from the group Sqürl, have brought them together into a single artistic object and composed the soundtrack. An ocular, sonic and musical shock.         

    Return to Reason
    Le Retour à la raison
    Man Ray
    1h10, France

    Produced by Womanray (Marieke Tricoire) and Cinenovo (Julie Viez). Films directed by Man Ray. Music composed and performed by Sqürl (Jim Jarmusch et Carter Logan).
    In 1923, Man Ray improvises his first film. This movie, boldly surrealist, is called Le Retour à la raison. Subsequently, he renews the experience with Emak Bakia in 1926, L‘Étoile de mer in 1928 and Les Mystères du château de Dé in 1929. In 2023, Jim Jarmush and Carter Logan, the founding members of the group Sqürl, compose a soundtrack to the four films as if they were forming one unique piece. Return to Reason celebrates the 100th anniversary of Man Ray’s cinematic Œuvre, restored for the first time in 4K. Il reveals the unique dialogue between two multitalented artists, and creates an undefinable object, a piece of visual music that resonates through its modernity and poetry.
    Screening in the presence of Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan.  

    World Premiere Restored films

    Because the relationship of contemporary cinema to its own memory was about to be disrupted by the emergence of digital technology, because the Festival de Cannes must also enchant the cinema of the past, the Festival de Cannes created Cannes Classics in 2004, to present old films in restored prints. Having become a natural and essential part of the Official Selection, an idea taken up by international festivals, Cannes Classics is also a way to pay tribute to the in-depth work carried out by right-holders, film libraries, production companies and national archives throughout the world. Thus, Cannes Classics puts the prestige of the Festival de Cannes at the service of rediscovered cinema, accompanying the release of great works from the past in movie theaters or on DVD.  

    La Maison du docteur Edwardes
    Alfred Hitchcock
    1945, 1h46, United States of America

    Presented and restored by Walt Disney Studios in association with The Film Foundation, with the participation of the Academy Film Archive. Special thanks to Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.
    Screening in the presence of Margaret Bodde, Executive Director, The Film Foundation.

    Classe tous risques
    Danger Ahead
    Claude Sautet
    1960, 1h49, France / Italy

    Presented by TF1 Studio. New version restored in 4K HDR Dolby Vision by TF1 Studio, with the support of the CNC, Coin de Mire Cinéma and OCS from the original camera negative and the French sound negative. Digital and photochemical work carried out by the Éclair Classics laboratory, Paris/Bologna.
    Screening in the presence of Pierre Olivier, EVP Film Library & Home Entertainement, TF1 Studio.

    Barev, es em
    Hello, It’s Me
    Frounze Dovlatian
    1965, 2h16, Armenia

    Presented by National Cinema Centre of Armenia (NCCA). Digital restoration by the NCCA with support by Hayastan All Armenian Fund, conducted by Locomotive Studios, Latvia. The 4K restoration featuring original Armenian-Russian mono soundtrack is based on the original 35mm camera negative held by Gosfilmofond of Russia, and the director-approved interpositive held at the National Archives of Armenia..
    Screening in the presence of Shushanik Mirzakhanyan, Director, National Cinema Centre of Armenia, Vigen Galstyan, Head of the Film Heritage Department at the NCCA, Roberts Vinovskis, Director, Locomotive Studios in Latvia, Haykak Arshamyan, Director of All Armenian Fund.

    Le Rendez-vous des quais
    Paul Carpita
    1955, 1h13, France

    Presented by the CNC, the Cinémathèque française, Ciné-Archives and Paul Carpita’s succession. 4K digitalization, restoration and color grading of Paul Carpita’s movie were done by the CNC’s laboratory based on the original negative givent to the CNC by Ciné-Archives. Sound restoration was done by L.E. Diapason.
    Screening in the presence of Laurent Cormier, Head of Heritage Cinema, Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC)

    Il ferroviere
    Le Disque rouge
    Pietro Germi
    1956, 1h55, Italy

    Restored by Cineteca di Bologna and Surf Film at L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory. With fundings provided by Ministero della Cultura and the contribution of «A Season of Classic Films », an initiative of ACE - Association des Cinémathèques Européennes supported by the EU Creative Europe MEDIA programme.
    Screening in the presence of Gian Luca Farinelli, Director, Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna.

    Mississipi Blues
    Bertrand Tavernier &  Robert Parrish
    1983, 1h47, France

    Presented by Orange Studio. 4K restoration based on the original 35 mm negative by L’Image Retrouvée-Eclair Classics with careful work put into conforming to the original negative edit.  
    Screening in the presence of Kristina Zimmermann, Executive Director, Orange Studio.

    Ulrich Schamoni
    1966, 1h27, Germany

    Presented by the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, Francfort. Restoration supported by the Förderprogramm Filmerbe (FFE) and financed by BKM, the Länder and FFA. Digital restoration supervised by the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum and done by Cinepost Production, Unterföhring. The digitalization materials are the original camera negative and interposive combined. These materials are preserved by DFF and BETA Film.  
    Screening in the presence of Ellen Harrington, Director, DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, Lou Burkart, member of the digitization and restoration team, DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum.

    The Village
    Le Village près du ciel
    Leopold Lindtberg
    1953, 1h38, Switzerland

    Presented by the Swiss Cinémathèque. 4K restoration by the Swiss Cinémathèque with the collaboration of the SRF and the support of Memoriav. A Praesens Films production. Laboratories: Cinegrell, Zurich.
    Screening in the presence of Frédéric Maire, Director, Cinémathèque Suisse.   

    Ces Messieurs de la santé
    Pierre Colombier
    1934, 1h55, France

    Presented by Pathé. 4K restoration, based on the original negatives, a standard master positive and a nitrate print. Work was done at the Image Retrouvée laboratories (Paris-Bologna) with the support of the Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC).
    Screening in the presence of Sophie Seydoux, President, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé.

    Sziget a szárazföldön
    The Lady from Constantinople
    Judit Elek
    1969, 1h16, Hungary

    Presented by the National Film Institute Hungary - Film Archive. The 4K digital restoration using the original 35 mm image negative and positive print was carried out by the NFI Hungary- Film Archive and Film Lab, in the frame of the „Long-term restoration programme of the Hungarian film heritage”. Digital grading supervised by Elemér Ragályi DOP.  
    Screening in the presence of Judit Elek and György Ráduly, Director, NFI Film Archive.

    El esqueleto de la Señora Morales
    Skeleton of Mrs. Morales
    Rogelio A. González
    1959, 1h24, Mexico

    Presented by Cineteca Nacional. Forms part of the América Móvil and Claro Video collections. The digital restoration was made by The Digital Restoration Laboratory of Cineteca Nacional, in cooperation with América Móvil y Claro Video, from a 35 mm positive print preserved in the vaults of the institution. A digital workflow of image, sound and color stabilization was done on this version.

    Hombre de la esquina rosada
    Man on Pink Corner
    René Mugica, scénario de Jorge-Luis Borges
    1962, 1h10, Argentina

    Presented by Argentina Sono Film. Restored in 4K by Cubic Restoration, in cooperation with Society for Audiovisual Heritage, and the support of cultural patronage of the Ministry of Culture of Buenos Aires, coordinated by Fernando Madedo and supervised by Luis Alberto Scalella. Restoration carried out on the 60th anniversary of the film from the original 35mm negatives, a 16 mm positive duplicate and a 35mm negative duplicate preserved at the archive of Argentina Sono Film, owner of the film.
    Screening in the presence of Luis Alberto Scalella, President, Argentina Sono Film.

    L’Amour fou
    Jacques Rivette
    1967, 4h14, France

    Presented by les films du losange. The 35mm negative having been burned in a fire at the GTC laboratory in 1973, this restoration was carried out using elements from various sources kept at the Archives du film and in the stocks of Eclair Préservation. The film was reconstituted in accordance with its original version using an incomplete positive print, a complete duplicate and incomplete 16 mm rushes. Film restored in 4K by Véronique Manniez-Rivette and Les films du Veilleur, with the support of the CNC, by the Hiventy laboratory in Boulogne Billancourt, and under the supervision of Caroline Champetier, AFC.
    Screening in the presence of  Bulle Ogier and Jean-Pierre Kalfon.

    Caligula - The Ultimate Cut
    1976, 2h53, United States of America / Italy

    Presented by Penthouse Films International. Restoration produced by Penthouse films International. The image and sound restoration work was done by Technorganica based on the original camera negatives and the original audio. This project was supervised by Thomas Negovan. French distributor: Bac Films. International seller: Goodfellas.
    Screening in the presence of  Helen Mirren and Thomas Negovan.

    The Chosen One
    Aribam Syam Sharma  
    1990, 1h31, India

    Presented and restored by Film Heritage Foundation at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory and Prasad Corporation Pvt. Ltd.’s Post - Studios, Chennai, in association with the Producer and Director, Aribam Syam Sharma and Manipur State Film Development Society. Funding provided by Film Heritage Foundation with the support of Dr. Richard Meyer and Susan Harmon.
    Screening in presence of Aribam Syam Sharma, the team of the film and Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, director of the Film Heritage Foundation.   


    100 Years of Warner Bros.
    100 Ans de Warner Bros.
    Leslie Iwerks
    2h, United States of America

    A Warner Bros. Unscripted Television production in association with Warner Horizon and Iwerks & Co. 100 Years of Warner Bros. takes a historical look at the powerful legacy of one of America’s leading studios. The documentary special explores the origin, evolution and endurance of Warner Bros. – from a family affair to a global juggernaut – as it celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2023. Featuring legendary filmmakers, actors and executives with the vision, the moxie and the talent to create some of the most indelible stories that have made a lasting impact on the world, 100 Years of Warner Bros. tells the story of courage and risk and passion and innovation as it takes a behind-the-scenes journey into  « the stuff that dreams are made of ».
    Screening in the presence of  Leslie Iwerks.

    Nelson Pereira dos Santos - Vida de Cinema
    Nelson Pereira dos Santos - A Life of Cinema
    Aida Marques & Ivelise Ferreira
    1h42, Brazil

    A MP2 Productions, Globo Films and Istrili Films coproduction with the participation of the Niteroi municipality, the Canal Brazil and Globo News.
    For six decades, the cinema of Nelson Pereira dos Santos has projected Brazil into the eyes of the world. Precursor of Cinema Novo, Nelson was, more than a director, he was an ideologue, a thinker of his country. At the Festival de Cannes, Vidas Secas, Azyllo muito Louco and O Amuleto de Ogun competed for the Palme d'Or. In 2012, Música Segundo Tom Jobim was screened during a tribute session dedicated to the filmmaker. The film shows us the man behind the camera. Through his legacy it is possible to ser all the richness of Brazilian culture reflected.
    Screening in the presence of Aida Marques and Ivelise Ferreira.  

    Viva Varda !  
    Pierre-Henri Gibert
    1h07, France

    A Cinétévé, Ciné-Tamaris and ARTE France coproduction with the participation of Ciné +, the CNC, the Procirep - société des producteurs and the Angoa.
    A pioneering post-war female film director, an instigator of the New Wave who was honored by Hollywood in her own lifetime, Agnès Varda has become a source of inspiration for a whole new generation of young filmmakers. With movies like Cléo de 5 à 7, Le Bonheur, Sans toit ni loi, Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse, she created a quirky, open to the world, sensitive to the disenfranchised, often silly body of work. Always one finger on the pulse, she shook everything up, including cinema itself which she refused to constrict to pure fiction or long-form films.
    Screening in the presence of Pierre-Henri Gibert, Rosalie Varda and Mathieu Demy.     

    Svetlana Zill et Alexis Bloom
    1h50, United States of America

    An SK Global Entertainment production.     
    An exploration of the life of Anita Pallenberg, European actress and rock ’n’ roll muse. Told in Anita's own words, from her unpublished memoir, and in the words of her family, this bittersweet film is a never-seen-before look at life with The Rolling Stones. Using Super 8mm home movies shot in the 1960s and 1970s, and contemporary interviews, the filmmakers weave together an intimate and profoundly moving story. Anita was a woman with a wild life: she dazzled the Festival de Cannes Film Festival and and inspired love in those around her, including Tilda Swinton who performed the voice over of the film.
    Screening in the presence of Svetlana Zill and Alexis Bloom.

    On the occasion of the Festival de Cannes tribute to Michael Douglas

    Michael Douglas will be the guest of honor at the opening ceremony. To complete the tribute paid to him, a new documentary by Amine Mestari, produced by Folamour and soon to be broadcasted on Arte, will be visible for two days on the Festival website, from Sunday, May 14th at 6PM to Tuesday, May 16th at 6PM.

    Michael Douglas, le fils prodige
    Michael Douglas, The Prodigal Son
    Amine Mestari  
    52', France

    An Arte France Folamour Productions production, with the participation of Ciné+.
    Not easy being his father’s son. Especially in Hollywood. Especially when his father was for more than 30 years one of the major figures of American cinema. Eldest son of the tremendous Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas took a long time to emerge from the father’s shadow. By tracing his tormented life, this documentary shows us how Michael, an actor and producer like his father, had to accept their resemblance throughout his exceptional career to assert his difference. The time to learn how to become Michael when your name is Douglas.

    Le Cinéma de la plage

    Emir Kusturica  
    1995, 2h47, former Yugoslavia

    Presented by Malavida Films. A new version restored by TF1 Studio in 4K with the support of the CNC, based on the original negative and the original 24 tracks mix. Digital and photochemical work done by the VDM laboratory. Release in French theaters in 2023.

    Thelma & Louise
    Ridley Scott   
    1990, 2h10, United States of America

    Presented by Park Circus. MGM Studios’ film has been digitally restored from a new 4K 16 bit scan, supervised by director Ridley Scott using the original negative. The film has been restored by The Criterion Collection with participation from MGM Studios and Park Circus. Park Circus will release the new 4K restoration into theatres worldwide; including in the UK (2nd June), France (5th July) and the US (4th August).

    L’Été meurtrier
    One Deadly Summer
    Jean Becker
    1983, 2h05, France

    Presented by SND (M6 Group), this new version was restored in 4K based on the original negative. Digital and photochemical work was carried out by the Hiventy laboratory, supervised by Filmo, for SND.
    Screening in the presence of Jean Becker.

    Celebration of Jean-Pierre Bacri
    Le Sens de la fête  
    The Sense of Celebration
    Éric Tolédano & Olivier Nakache  
    2017, 1h57, France

    Present by Gaumont. Showing in a brand-new copy, the greatest comedy of these last years with a grandiose performance by Jean-Pierre Bacri.
    Screening in the presence of Éric Tolédano and Olivier Nakache, who’ve come to celebrate the Festival de Cannes on the Plage.