April 29, 2009 / 10:16 AM / 9 years ago

Scorsese to oversee Cannes retrospective section

PARIS (Hollywood Reporter) - Filmmaker and cinema historian Martin Scorsese will serve as honorary president of the sixth annual Cannes Classics sidebar at next month’s Cannes Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

<p>U.S. director Martin Scorsese attends a news conference for the World Cinema Foundation at the 60th Cannes Film Festival May 22, 2007. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier</p>

This year’s retrospective lineup will feature the works of such familiar names as Jean-Luc Godard (“Pierrot le Fou”), Michelangelo Antonioni (“L‘avventura”), Luchino Visconti (“Senso”) and Jacques Tati (“Mr. Hulot’s Holiday”), while Scorsese will personally present a restored version of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 feature “The Red Shoes.”

Scorsese’s nonprofit World Cinema Foundation will present three films: Edward Yang’s “A Brighter Summer Day” (1991), Shadi Abdei Salam’s “Al-Momia” (1969) and Emilio Gomez Muriel and Fred Zinnemann’s “Redes” (1936).

Other special screenings include “To Hell and Back, Memories of Henri-Georges Clouzot,” Serge Bromberg’s recomposition of lost footage from Clouzot’s mythical 1964 shoot of “L‘Enfer”; and unseen footage from Ingmar Bergman home movies in “Images From the Playground,” restored by Stig Bjorkman.

Cannes Classics also will celebrate Joseph Losey’s 100th birthday with a Joseph Losey Centenary section complete with screenings of “Accident” (1967) and a new print of “Don Giovanni” (1979).

Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters

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