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Fixafilm restorations at Transatlantyk Festival

2018/08/01

  Woman from the Provinces and By the River Nowhere are the latest fruits of Fixafilm’s labours. Restored versions of the films were shown at the Transatlantyk Festival in Łódź. Following the screenings, the audience had a chance to talk with the director, Andrzej Baranski, director of photography, Ryszard Lenczewski, and actors Ewa Dalkowska and Marek Bukowski. Also present at the meeting was Henryk Kuzniak, who composed the music for both films.

Woman from the Provinces tells the story of Andzia, who puts her children above all else. On the backdrop of her life, we observe the dilemmas and problems of the 1980s: how religion transformed in Poland, discussions about the Holocaust, the schizophrenia of socialism – under which children learn one truth at home and another at school – and the constant clash between traditional and modern lifestyles. Her deluge of daily duties leaves no room to ponder these issues, however.

In turn, By the River Nowhere depicts an attempt to seize youth in its fleeting bloom. The film tells the story of four friends on the verge of adulthood, making the most of one last glorious summer in the country with no worries about tomorrow. Their carefree holiday is a time of feelings, friendship and conflicts. Sadly, dreams of true love soon end up being as illusory as the titular river.

Fixafilm had the pleasure of digitally restoring, colour-correcting and mastering both Woman from the Provinces and By the River Nowhere.

 
 

Fixafilm at Arri Archive Workshop

2018/06/18

 Two of the Fixafilm team – Lukasz Ceranka and Piotr Jedruszczak – represented us during this year’s Arri Archive Workshop in Munich – one of the largest European events for digital restoration specialists.

At Arri, Lukasz Ceranka, head of Fixafilm’s restoration department, had the pleasure of giving a lecture on how precise film restoration should be, considering the costs entailed and the capabilities of the human eye. His speech went down very well and the audience’s questions were endless.

Apart from lectures and presentations of the latest software and equipment for restoration, the workshop participants also had the opportunity to examine some more complex examples of restoration. There was also time for discussions, exchanging experience, and establishing international cooperation.