Nazarín, by Luis Buñuel, was presented by Daniela Michel at Cannes 2019
The restored version of Nazarín, by Luis Buñuel, was presented on Saturday, May 18 at Cannes Classics 2019 by the founder and general director of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), Daniela Michel, accompanied by Héctor Orozco and Gérald Duchaussoy.
The restoration was worked by the Digital Restoration Laboratory Elena Sánchez Valenzuela of the Cineteca Nacional and is the first time this institution collaborates with the Cannes Film Festival. 3K Scan and 3K Digital Restoration were made from the original 35mm image negative and positive materials preserved by Cineteca Nacional. Sound was taken from one of these positive prints. 135,761 total frames were restored. This film was mastered in 2K for digital projection.
Nazarín, which is part of the cinematographic heritage of Televisa S.A. of C.V., returned to Cannes 60 years after winning in 1959 the International Jury Prize.
Also, on May 15, the screening of the restored copy of Los Olvidados, by Luis Buñuel, whose negative is sheltered at the UNAM Film Library, was made as part of the special program dedicated to the filmmaker of Spanish origin.
The original film rolls arrived at the Filmoteca collection thanks to the fact that it was found when the CLASA production and distribution company decided to empty its cellars at the Churubusco Studios and transfer the material to the film collections of the UNAM.
From this unique copy of the original negative, whose rights belong to Fundación Televisa, and thanks to the preservation and conservation works of the Rescue and Restoration Workshop technicians of this institution and with the support of The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project at L’Immagine Ritrovata, Televisa Foundation and the Cineteca Nacional, the film was stabilized and digitized to keep it in optimum condition.