Towards a Temple of Cinema is a unique partnership between Kino Klassika Foundation, studios in the Caucasus and Fixafilm Studios (Poland), produced by experienced archivist Daniel Bird. The goal of the programme is to save and restore gems of Armenian, Azeri and Georgian film, to protect them for posterity and make them available to international audiences. Towards a Temple of Cinema is the possibility to restore more than a dozen early and late film classics, selected by an international panel of critics, scholars and respected members of the film community.
Working hand in hand with the Armenian and Georgian national film archives, restorations will be carried out by local technicians. They will be trained by world-leading experts from the UK and Poland throughout the duration of the five year programme.
Each film will be given a world premiere at a leading international film festival, such as Telluride, Rotterdam, Berlin, Cannes and Venice.
2018 – Restoration of Hakob Hovnatanyan (1967) by Sergei Parajanov, the precursor to his masterpiece The Colour of Pomegranates. The film successfully premiered in September 2018 at the legendary Telluride Film Festival in Colorado.
2019 – Restoration of the first films in the Temple of Cinema library, including Arabesques on a Pirosmani Theme (1985) by Sergei Parajanov and Maria Saakyan’s Mayak (2006), both of which will premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
2020-2023 – Restoration of a dozen titles in the Temple of Cinema library, including works by Artavazd Peleshyan, Tengiz Abuladze and Hamo Bek-Nazarov, followed by the distribution of the films online and on home video formats.
You can read about the restoration of Hakob Hovnatanyan here.
Download Press Release for Sergei Parajanov’s restored Hakob Hovnatanyan (1967) here.
Daniel Bird, project leader, programmes retrospectives at the BFI Southbank London, The Film Society of the Lincoln Center and Centre Pompidou in Paris. He has produced restorations by Walerian Borowczyk, Andrzej Żuławski and Aleksei German , as well as blu-ray box-sets including the The Colour of Pomegranates. Moreover, Daniel is the author of a book on Walerian Borowczyk.
Fixafilm is a multinational restoration and post-production company in Warsaw, Poland, co-founded and directed by Wojtek Janio, who is also the Director of Restoration at MTI Film and has extensive experience in digital restoration.