News KVIFF to present Diamonds of the Night

Published: April 27, 2018| 12:04 PM

At the 53rd annual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech audiences will have the chance to see a digitally restored copy of Jan Němec’s Diamonds of the Night, which will also be shown at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in May.

Němec’s feature-film debut Diamonds of the Night, which was digitally restored by the National Film Archive, has been selected to be screened as part of the Classics section at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Other films to be shown in the category this year include 2001: A Space Odyssey, Bicycle Thieves, The Apartment, Grease, The Big Blue, and Driving Miss Daisy. After Ikarie XB 1, this is the second Czechoslovak film to be shown as part of Cannes Classics, which presents a restored works by leading world filmmakers.

Thanks to its digital restoration, Diamonds of the Night returns to cinemas in the form in which audiences saw it at its premiere in 1964. The image’s digital restoration was performed under the direction of the National Film Archive at the Universal Production Partners post-production company; the audio was restored by the Soundsquare studio.

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