Black Peter to Return to Cinemas at Venice Film Festival

Being successful with the digitally restored Ikarie XB 1 at Cannes and Berlin, the National Film Archive (NFA) will present its work at another international film festival.

The re-release of Černý Petr (Black Peter), Miloš Forman’s fiction feature debut (1963), will take place at the 74th edition of the Venice International Film Festival. The film will be screened in the Venice Classics section that offers best digitally restored films of the previous year (eg. Close Encounters of the Third Kind by Steven Spielberg or Red Desert by Michelangelo Antonioni). In 2012, the National Film Archive screened another digitally restored film in Venice – Věra Chytilová’s A Bagful of Fleas (1962).

When the NFA decided to bring Black Peter back on cinema screens, Miloš Forman wrote a letter, expressing his hopes that the film “will look the same as when we shot it in 1963.” The NFA team headed by restorer Tereza Frodlová tried to make his wish come true, inviting a number of experts to join the efforts (including cinematographer Jan Malíř and sound designer Pavel Rejholec) and discussing the restoration with Ivan Passer, who was Black Peter’s assistant director. The digital restoration was carried out in Cinepost Barrandov, Prague.  

In the Czech Republic, Black Peter will be re-released in Lucerna Cinema, Prague on September 13, 2017 and in Cinema 99 (Kino 99), Kolín on September 14, 2017 before it goes to cinemas nationwide.

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