UNESCO INITIATIVE FOR WORLD CINEMAParis - Travel and cinema will be showcased at the close of the 164th session of UNESCO's Executive Board on Thursday, May 30. Six films about travel by one of France's great cinema pioneers, Georges Méliès (1861-1938), will be screened and the Organization will launch a new project for a List of Representative Works of World Cinema.
Méliès' best-known film, A Trip to the Moon, made 100 years ago, will be shown at UNESCO Headquarters (Room I at 8 p.m.), along with five others: La Chrysalide et le Papillon (1901), Le Diable noir (1905), Le Dirigeable fantastique (1906), Voyage de Gulliver à Lilliput chez les géants (1902) and The Conquest of the Pole (1911).
The event is organized as part of the International Year for Cultural Heritage, with the support of the Electricité de France foundation and the International Scientific Audio-visual Conference Image and Science.
The six silent films will be screened in their original format at their original speed, accompanied on the piano by Lawrence Lehérissey with commentary by the filmmaker's granddaughter, Madeleine Malthête-Méliès. UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will present her with the UNESCO Fellini Medal for her work in reconstituting her grandfather's cinematic work.
The occasion will also see the launch of a joint project by UNESCO and the International Council forCinema and Television (ICCT) to draw up a List of Representative Works of World Cinema, that best typify a movement in film-making, a social trend, an historic period, a new technique, a culture, or ethical value. Such works might include, for example, an outstanding film of the nouvelle vague, the first film using computer-animation, or a feature about social change in Africa.
The List will be compiled with the help of film archives from all over the world, museums, professional film associations andinterested government bodies. Its aim is to raise awareness of the wide range of the world's cinematic heritage, which goes back more than one century, and make known works that have hitherto been overlooked. It is also designed to arouse the interest ofsponsors and museums for films that need to be restored, preserved or digitized.
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