Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation will exhibit some Classics in Colombia thanks to IndieBo Film Fest

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The important non-profit institution founded by Martin Scorsese in 1990 will be in Colombia thanks to a new partnership with IndieBo, The Bogotá Indie Film Festival.

Yesterday, film festival has confirmed a new category for its third edition: restored classics from the organization founded by the New York filmmaker.

Founded at the beginning of 90s, the Film Foundation is dedicated to educate, protect and preserve the history of motion pictures. Thanks to a teamwork with studios and archives, the organization has gotten to restore more than 750 films, as well 31 productions of other 21 countries. These works are watched for audience through film festivals, museums and educational institutions. Martin Scorsese said about this new agreement: “Movies touch our hearts, awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places. They open doors and minds. Movies are the memories of our lifetime. We need to keep them alive”. In the same direction, the current executive director of The Film Foundation, Margaret Bodde,  said: “With film, as any art form, the present is in constant dialogue with the past. Our friends at IndieBo shares the goal of celebrating these great works from the past as they honor the filmmakers of today”.

It will be nine classics to exhibit in this new category, several of them never seen in Colombia before, restored feature films exhibited in the great format of 35mm. Each one of these film works will be introduced for some Colombian directors like Luis Ospina, the first and only Academy Award nominee Ciro Guerra (The Embrace of a Serpent), Klych López, César Augusto Acevedo (first and only winner of Caméra d’or for The Land and Shade), Salomon Simhon and Felipe Aljure, who besides to refresh moviegoers about these gems, will be sharing the influences these one have had in their careers. Juan Carvajal, cofounder and current programmer at IndieBo told to Variety that the idea of this agreement happened when he watched the Andrei Tarkovsky film “One-Eyed Jacks” (1961) in New York and thought that Colombian audience couldn’t lose the opportunity to see in big screen such as classics.

La Gente de la Universal Re-Release

The second film by Colombian director Felipe Aljure, “La gente de la universal” (The People at Universal) has been selected to open the Indie Film Festival next July 13th. 22 years later of its release, this emblematic film of Colombian cinematography, will be exhibited restored in digital format. “La gente de la universal” is an urban comedy where all characters have to survive into concrete jungle and for that reason disloyalty is more common than expected. “Universal” is the name of a private detective agency whose owner is a former sergeant who runs the business from his own house where he lives with his wife who is cheating with his nephew who also works in the agency. Felipe Aljure said that return to the same theater where movie was premiered for first time and showing the film in its digital format is very significant to him and said thanks to film festival to contribute to preserve the memory of Colombian Cinema.

Selection of Classics from The Film Foundation

  1. All About Eve (1950) de Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  2. Shadow of a Doubt (1943) de Alfred Hitchcock
  3. Witness for the Prosecution (1957) de Billy Wilder
  4. Paths of Glory (1957) de Stanley Kubrick
  5. On The Waterfront (1954) de Elia Kazan
  6. It Happened One Night (1934) de Frank Capra
  7. How Green Was My Valley (1941) de John Ford
  8. One-Eye Jack (1961) de Marlon Brando
  9. Rebel Without A Cause (1955) de Nicholas Ray

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