To Save and Project: The 13th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation


The Museum of Modern Art presents the 13th annual edition of To Save and Project, an international festival of newly preserved and restored films from archives, studios, distributors, foundations, and independent filmmakers, from November 4 through 25, 2015.

This year’s festival includes some 75 newly restored features and shorts from 16 countries—nearly all of them New York or North American premieres—by filmmakers as diverse as Chantal Akerman, Dario Argento, Samuel Fuller, and Yasujirô Ozu. A wide variety of rarities are presented, from a major sidebar devoted to “The Unknown Orson Welles” to pioneering European feminist films (including a director’s cut of Helma Sanders-Brahms’s Germany, Pale Mother) and rediscoveries from Iran, Morocco, and the Philippines; and from long-lost silent comedies starring Clara Bow, Stan Laurel, and Oliver Hardy to extended original Italian releases of classics by Federico Fellini, Dario Argento, and Dino Risi.

Guest presenters include Guy Maddin, the Academy Award–nominated filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako (Timbuktu, 2014), and noted film historians like John Canemaker, Tom Gunning, and Eddie Muller. In memory of Chantal Akerman, Babette Mangolte, the cinematographer of Jeanne Dielman, will introduce the screening and offer a remembrance of her. Nicola Mazzanti, the director of the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, collaborated with Ms. Akerman on the restorations of Jeanne Dielman, Je tu il elle, and Saute ma ville, and will introduce the three films on November 14 and 15.

Organized by Joshua Siegel, Curator, and Dave Kehr, Adjunct Curator, Department of Film.