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 PRESERVATION & RESTORATION SCHOOL INDIA

    On 22nd-28th February 2015, the Film Heritage Foundation in collaboration with TFF’s World Cinema Project, Cineteca di Bologna and L’Immagine Ritrovata will host a Film Preservation & Restoration School.

  • L'IMMAGINE RITROVATA AT THE VENICE FESTIVAL 2014

    L’Immagine Ritrovata presents 8 restored works at Venice, incl. Umberto D. (V. De Sica), restored by CSC-Cineteca Nazionale di Roma in col. with Cineteca di Bologna, the V. De Sica Association, RTI.

     

  • IL CINEMA RITROVATO

    From June 28th to July 5th, Cineteca di Bologna hosts Il Cinema Ritrovato festival, 8 days of screenings and meetings in five theatres, in Cineteca’s courtyard called Piazzetta Pasolini and the magic atmosphere of the night screenings in the Piazza Maggiore. 

  • FOCAL AWARD FOR THE BEST RESTORATION TITLE

    L'immagine Ritrovata has received the Focal Award for the Best Archive Restoration / Preservation Title for the restoration of Manila in the Claws of Light (L. Brocka, Philippines, 1975). The restoration work was comissioned by the WCF and the FDCP.

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.