Guy Borlee – Director, Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna

Lecture: Classical films at festivals: Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna, Saturday 7, September, 9.00-16.00 French Institute

Il Cinema Ritrovato is an international film heritage festival held in Bologna (Italy) during the last week of June and promoted by the Cineteca di Bologna and the Mostra Internazionale del Cinema Libero. The festival is often called the “cinéphiles’ heaven” by a vast community of people involved in studying and protecting film heritage. After 33 years, it has become a well-established event for archivists, restorers, historians, movie fans and film professionals in general, bringing over 4,537 guests from sixty-six countries and an increasingly younger audience. In 2019, the screenings of 442 films were attended by more than 130,000 spectators. One of the main reasons for its success is undoubtedly the ten outdoor evening screenings in Piazza Maggiore where an audience of almost 7,000 people can watch films on the big screen. Guests included important personalities such as Francis Ford Coppola, Jane Campion, Nicolas Winding Refn, Bertrand Tavernier, Marco Bellocchio, and many others.

Guy Borlee
Since 1995, coordinator of the international festival Il Cinema Ritrovato, dedicated to the study of film history. Specialisation in search of the best film sources at the international level, in the management of a large production team, in the creation of musical accompaniment for silent films, in the organisation of international conferences and in the economic management of events. Regular lecturer about film programming and festival development in many international FIAF conferences and Universities. Since 1995, coordinator of the summer programming Sotto le Stelle del Cinema (Under the stars of cinema), presenting film classics open-air on a huge screen on Piazza Maggiore (central square of Bologna)