film restoration & conservation

L'Immagine Ritrovata is a highly specialised film restoration laboratory. It was born and developed thanks to the good work of the Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, with which the laboratory is in continual close collaboration.
Today, L'Immagine Ritrovata is an international point of reference in the field, due to its development of methodologies, its constant research work and the vast range of its activities in the restoration of world cinematographic heritage. The equipment with which the laboratory is furnished - facilities that include all workflows, from 4K to photochemical - is at the forefront of technological innovation and is designed for the restoration of film from every cinematic age.

highlights

  • IL CINEMA RITROVATO

    From June 22rd to 30th, Cineteca di Bologna hosts the 33st edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival, 8 days of screenings and meetings in five theatres, as well as open air evening screenings in Bologna’s wonderful main square, Piazza Maggiore, and in Cineteca’s courtyard called Piazzetta Pasolini.

  • FOCAL AWARD 2019 FOR THE BEST RESTORATION TITLE

    L'immagine Ritrovata has received the Focal Award 2019 for the Best Archive Restoration / Preservation Title for the restoration of Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (H.Babenco, Brazil, 1981). The restoration work was comissioned by the WCF and George Lucas Family Foundation.

  • L'IMMAGINE RITROVATA AT THE 72th FESTIVAL DE CANNES

    L'Immagine Ritrovata thanks to its prestigious clients attends the 72th Cannes Film Festival, from May 14 to 25 2019, with seven restoration works. 

  • FILM PRESERVATION & RESTORATION SCHOOL MEXICO 2019

    Applications are open until June 23 for the Film Preservation & Restoration School Mexico 2019, which will be held at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) in Mexico City on October 22-26.

some services:

  • FILM REPAIRS

    The reparation of the film, the first phase in the restoration process, is a manual operation requiring experience and detailed precision. This phase is the first step in all types of workflows and may take some time to complete, depending on the state of conservation of the film.

  • SCANNING

    The laboratory is equipped with Arriscan. Besides scannig standard films, Arriscan can scan nitrate films in extremely poor preservation state. Films that are physically badly damaged can be scanned and restored following the common digital workflow. Non-standard formats can be scanned in sprocketless mode.

  • DIGITAL RESTORATION

    The Digital Restoration department makes use of all the principal software programs for the digital cleaning and digital retouching of the image. The experience amassed in this sector and the wide range of equipment available allows for the highest quality restoration of multiple films at the same time. 

  • AUDIO

    Thanks to the most recent COSP-Xi 2K laser technology for the direct audio acquisition of sound negatives (all types and all formats) and the most advanced digital restoration workstations, L'Immagine Ritrovata has become one of the primary global references in the restoration of sound.