Quick: name your favorite Albanian film. . . . Chances are even dedicated cinephiles have not had the opportunity to see many, if any, movies produced in Albania. Here's an excellent way to start.
The Orphan Film Symposium is a partner (in a modest way) to the Albanian Cinema Project, which is making a big splash with its first public event in the US -- screening a newly restored feature film!
Come to this free screening of The Second November, March 27. But do e-mail your request for a seat, because this screening will certainly fill up.
* * * *NYU's Department of Cinema Studies presents
The US Premiere of
Nëntori i dytë (The Second November)
1982, 93 minutes, dir. Viktor Gjika
Followed by a discussion on the state of Albanian film preservation with Albanian filmmaker Fatmir Koci, Albanian American film producer and screenwriter Thomas Logoreci, Colorlab CEO Russ Suniewick, and Albanian Cinema Project director Regina Longo.
Wednesday, March 27, 6:15pm
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Department of Cinema Studies
721 Broadway, 6th Floor, Michelson Theater
*** RSVP to CinemaStudiesEvents@gmail.com***
Most Albanian films made before 1991 were never translated into another language and are rarely screened outside of Albania. The Albanian Cinema Project's (ACP) newly launched preservation initiative is changing this fact, bringing a 'new' national cinema to international screens.
Our digital restoration of Viktor Gjika's 1982 patriotic drama Nëntori i dytë was completed just in time to celebrate 100 years of Albanian Independence from Ottoman rule (1912-2012). It premiered to a packed house at the 13th Festival of Albanian Film in Tirana, on November 3, 2102. And now, for the first time, will play for US audiences in the first ever English language adaption of Gjika's socialist realist epic, restored by Colorlab Corp.
Be part of the first American audience to screen Nëntori i dytë, and to hear firsthand accounts from Albanian filmmaker Fatmir Koci (Tirana Year Zero, 2001; Land of the Eagles, 2007;Time of the Comet, 2008), Albanian American film producer and screenwriter Thomas Logoreci, ACP Director Regina Longo, and Russ Suniewick, CEO of Colorlab Corp, who have formed ACP to help save and restore Albania's film heritage.
The campaign to relocate the collections of the Albanian national film archives to a new, mold-free facility is at the heart of our mission. Working with the support of the Albanian Ministry of Culture, the US Embassy in Tirana, the Association of Moving Image Archivists, the Orphan Film Symposium, the Library of Congress Audiovisual Archives and the Albanian American National Organization, the Albanian Cinema Project is dedicated to preserving, restoring, and promoting Albanian film heritage.
Co-sponsored by Wesleyan University and the Albanian Cinema Project.
Dan Streible | (917) 754-1401
Assoc. Professor of Cinema Studies & Director of Graduate Studies
Moving Image Archiving & Preservation Program, Assoc. Director
Orphan Fim Symposium, director, www.nyu.edu/
NYU | Tisch School of the Arts | Department of Cinema Studies
* AMPAS Orphan Film Showcase @ Academy Film Archive, Hollywood, CA, May 10-11, 2013
** Orphans Midwest @ IU Cinema, Bloomington, IN, Sept. 26-28, 2013
*** Orphan 9, The Future of Obsolescence, @ EYE, Amsterdam, March 30 - April 2, 2014