Jiří Trnka’s Old Czech Legends one of London’s Treasures

17 October 2015 marks the date of the international premiere of the restored version of Jiří Trnka’s Old Czech Legends. The premiere takes place at the 59th BFI London Film Festival in its Treasures section.

„Back in April 2012 we were delighted to present a retrospective of the magical work of Jiri Trnka at the BFI Southbank. Our audiences loved the films so when we heard that the Czech National Film Archive were restoring one of Trnka’s key titles OLD CZECH LEGENDS we couldn’t wait to see the results. We were not disappointed! This special film has never looked so good and we were delighted to invite it to this year’s BFI London Film Festival. The excellent quality of the restoration will ensure that this 60 year old film will continue to inspire audiences of today.“
Julie Pearce
Cinemas Programme Manager
London Film Festival Programmer – Archive

The image was scanned from the original nitrate negative preserved at the National Film Archive in Prague. The best available print was used as source for sound digitisation. Digital restoration was carried out under the supervision of the National Film Archive at the Magyar Filmlabor in 2015.