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

  • L'IMMAGINE RITROVATA AT THE HONG KONG FILMART

    L’Immagine Ritrovata will take part to Hong Kong FILMART between 24th-27th March 2014. At the same time, the International Hong Kong Film Festival will show 4 of our restoration works. 

  • FILM RESTORATION SUMMER SCHOOL 2014

    Next Bologna's Film Restoration Summer School / FIAF Summer School will take place in Bologna from June 28th to July 18th, 2014. Deadline for application has been postponed to April 11th.

  • CALIGARI AT THE BERLINALE

    The restoration of Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (R. Wiene, Germany, 1920), carried out by L’Immagine Ritrovata, was premiered at the Berlinale on February 9, 2014.

  • SUPPORTER FIAF

    Since January 2014 and through the whole year L’Immagine Ritrovata will be a supporter of the FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives), of which the Cineteca of Bologna is part since 1989.

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.