Chromatic worlds of silent cinema: Conference at Eye March 28-31

Twenty years on from the groundbreaking Amsterdam workshop Disorderly Order: Colours in Silent Film, this conference will celebrate this milestone anniversary by providing a new forum to explore contemporary archival and academic debates around colour in the silent era.

The conference will explore a diverse range of archival and academic topics and provide a stimulating environment for specialists from across different disciplines. It will also include screenings of restored and/or rarely seen films.

The keynote speakers will be filmmaker and writer Peter Delpeut (Lyrical Nitrate and Diva Dolorosa), Tom Gunning (University of Chicago) and Vanessa Toulmin (National Fairground Archive/University of Sheffield). Read more

This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice

From 12 February to 19 March, EYE and the University of Amsterdam are presenting a series of public lectures on film restoration at EYE. Each lecture is accompanied by film screenings. The lectures can be followed as a series or individually.

EYE is renowned around the world for its film restoration work. In conversation with international guests, Giovanna Fossati (chief curator at EYE and professor of Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture at the UvA) analyses a number of remarkable film restoration projects, such as the European classic Menschen am Sonntag, Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, the digitization of early colour films (1897-1914) from the EYE Collection, and the 4K ‘restoration’ of the TV series Breaking Bad, which is currently being carried out by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Cross Media: Scientific Images

Departing from the “scientific image”, the three sessions of this semester will focus on the function of the image and its transformation as a resource in visualization, translation, control, manipulation and commodification. These functions, linked variably through history with knowledge production, expanded into fields as diverse as landscape painting, brain visualization, documentary film, and forensic television.

Starting in the first session with a focus on the scientific image’s multiple functions (data visualization, diagrammatization, on-screen  manipulation), the second and third sessions will look firstly at a genealogy of the conceptualization of the functions of the image across the fields mentioned above, while the final session will explore the crossmedial concretizations of these conceptualized functions including between film, television, photography, satellite imaging, etc.

Lav Diaz presents two of his latest films

Screening and Q&A Golden Leopard Winner From What Is Before (December 7th 13.00) and Storm Children (December 8th 21.30) and Q&A with Lav Diaz, one of the 2014 Prince Claus Laureates. Immerse yourself in Lav Diaz’s groundbreaking cinema.

Storm Children delves into the aftermath of the the deadly Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November 2013. Freight ships thrown from the sea lie between what remains of houses and shacks. In the middle of this post-apocalyptic scene, a horde of children are creating a new world for themselves.

Q&A with Lav Diaz hosted by Bregtje van der Haak (documentary filmmaker, journalist, & Prince Claus Fund Board Member). In partnership with International Film Festival Rotterdam.