This year’s Cannes Classics programme will screen an unrestored 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film.
The event on May 12 will be preceded by an introduction from Christopher Nolan, who has been a regular advocate of using film prints over digital. Nolan worked with the Warner Bros. Pictures team on the mastering process.
The print that will be used for the screening was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative, a photochemical film recreation used for the first time since the original release, stated a Cannes release.
Attending Cannes Film Festival for the first time, Nolan will present the film to an audience including late 2001 director Stanley Kubrick’s daughter Katharina Kubrick, and his long-time producing partner and brother-in-law Jan Harlan.
Nolan will also take part in a Cannes Masterclass on May 13, where he will discuss his filmography and his love for Kubrick’s work.
The Inception director said, “One of my earliest memories of cinema is seeing Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, in 70mm, at the Leicester Square Theatre in London with my father. The opportunity to be involved in recreating that experience for a new generation, and of introducing our new unrestored 70mm print of Kubrick’s masterpiece in all its analogue glory at the Festival de Cannes is an honour and a privilege.”
Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Frémaux added: “It is a great honour for the Festival de Cannes to host the 50th anniversary celebration of one of the most extraordinary films in the history of cinema. And to welcome to the festival for the first time Christopher Nolan, whose presence creates a precious bond between past and present. We are looking forward to this unique 70mm projection which will prove, if proof were necessary, that cinema was indeed invented for the BIG screen.”