BUCHAREST: The Romanian Film Archive has finalised the 4K restoration of Stere Gulea’s black and white drama Moromeții (1987), which is considered one of the best Romanian films of all times. The restoration was entirely made at Cinelabs Romania.
The restoration of Moromeții from 35mm to 4K took two years and costed 28,000 EUR, Cornelia Popa, the director of Cinelabs Romania, told FNE. The money came from the 3% of Romanian Film Fund destined for the preservation and restoration of Romanian films.
This is the third 4K restoration made by the Romanian Film Archive after the medium length documentary Union Celebrations / Sărbătorile Unirii (1929) by Tudor Posmantir and Liviu Ciulei’s prominent feature film Forest of the Hanged / Pădurea spânzuraților (1965), both restored in the Romanian Film Archive's own laboratory.
Cinelabs Romania is currently restoring to 4K the comedy 12:08 East of Bucharest / A fost sau n-a fost? (2006) by Corneliu Porumboiu and also approximately 40 titles from the Israel Film Archive.
In 2019 Cinelabs Romania has digitalised approximately 500 projects for the Romanian Film Centre (master HD with sound synchronisation) and several other titles from Romania and abroad, including from Filmoteca Vasca and Filmoteca Cataluña (Spain), the Sam Spiegel Film School- Jerusalem (Israel) and United King Films Distribution 1990 Ltd (Israel).