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

  • FILM RESTORATION SUMMER SCHOOL 2016

    The FILM RESTORATION SUMMER SCHOOL will take place in Bologna from June 24th to July 15th, 2016.This year's program and application form are available on our website.
    Application is open from now until March 25th.

  • L'IMMAGINE RITROVATA AT THE HONG KONG FILMART

    L’Immagine Ritrovata will take part at the FILMART, Asia’s largest film market. Furthermore, some restoration works of L'Immagine Ritrovata will be screened at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

  • DER MÜDE TOD - MAKING-OF THE RESTORATION

    Making-of the restoration of Der Müde Tod now online on this website. Der Müde Tod has been restored by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung and carried out at L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory. 

  • L'IMMAGINE RITROVATA ASIA OFFICIAL OPENING

    L'Immagine Ritrovata Asia has officially opened its facilities in Hong Kong on June 12th. It is the first overseas laboratory of L’Immagine Ritrovata – Film Restoration & Preservation.

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.