As a director, Martin Scorsese has more famous and industry-leading films to his name than can be listed here. His oeuvre demonstrates his undeniable craftsmanship, but even more it shows his enormous love of film – the works of others have been his endless source of cinematic joy and inspiration. This already became apparent with his compelling 1999 documentary Il mio viaggio in Italia, in which he expresses his love for Italian neorealism.
His love reaches further: In 2007, Scorsese established the World Cinema Project, a special programme of The Film Foundation, cooperating with Cineteca di Bologna to preserve important but forgotten films from oblivion, restoring and re-releasing them in cinemas. To date, the catalogue contains 54 titles, eight of which will be screened by Rialto in December, January and February – eight hidden gems of cinematic history that were nearly lost completely, but can now be seen again in all their glory. In short: Eight Treasures Unveiled.
In short, the programme includes:
1. The migrant drama The Dupes (Tewfik Saleh), with one of the most impressive final sequences in cinematic history;
2. The experimental Touki Bouki (Djibril Diop Membéty), a film radiating with Diop's fervour;
3. Pixote (Héctor Babenco), a source of inspiration for filmmakers Harmony Korine, the Safdie brothers and Spike Lee, as well as musician Nick Cave;
4. The South-Korean The Housemaid (Kim Ki-Young), a film full of claustrophobic horror while also adding thoughtful social criticism to the mix;
5. Insiang (Lino Brocka) from the Philippines, a revenge film starring the brilliant Hilda Koronel;
6. Memories of Underdevelopment (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea), a stunning black-and-white portrait of the early days of Castro's Cuba, merging fiction with documentary;
7. The Armenian The Colour of Pomegranates (Sergei Parajanov), visually indescribably unique as well as unmatched in form and colour (as confirmed by Antonioni and Godard);
8. And finally, Chess of the Wind (Mohammad Reza Aslani), banned in Iran, and possibly the best example of Eight Treasures Unveiled, as the last copy of the film was literally discovered by chance at a flea market.
From December 15, all these splendid films can be seen in Rialto De Pijp and Rialto VU.
In collaboration with the World Cinema Project, The Film Foundation and Cineteca di Bologna.