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A Season of Classic films: virtual screening of "Sinner without a sin"

The second edition of A Season of Classic Films will kick off on Friday 4 December at 19:00 CET with the screening of a newly restored Yugoslav classic freely-accessible worldwide on YouTube.

A Season of Classic Films consists of a series of free screenings across Europe planned between December 2020 and June 2021. The initiative is coordinated by the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) and supported by the European Commission’s Creative Europe MEDIA programme. The films are presented by 22 members of ACE with the goal of increasing visibility for the richness of their collections and raise awareness of film preservation and culture, especially among young adults.

One of the earliest surviving feature films from the former Yugoslavia

Sinner without a sin (Grešnica bez Greha) is one of the earliest surviving feature films from former Yugoslavia (1930 - 91', with English subtitles), directed by Kosta Novaković, a pioneer of the Seventh Art in this region.

Viewers will have the opportunity to watch the newly digitally restored copy of the film with reconstructed colours based on the original nitrate tinted film elements preserved by the Yugoslav Film Archive. The scanning, restoration and colour processing were carried out by the Digital Restoration Department of Jugoslovenska Kinoteka, the national film archive of Serbia.

The film shows Ljubica’s adventures when she decides to leave her village to study in the big city, illustrating the contrast between a still unspoiled and archaic Serbian village and a metropolis like Belgrade, where danger and crime lurk at every turn.

According to Jugoslav Pantelić, Director of Jugoslovenska Kinoteka, “The newly composed music by composer Miroslav Krstic will additionally evoke this early social melodrama and the atmosphere of Belgrade in the 1930s”.

The main roles in the film were played by non-professional actors Sonja Stanisavljevic and Ilija Dragicevic, along with the appearances of the then young and later famous character actor Viktor Starcic and the leading Serbian actress of the time, Zanka Stokic.

Watch the film on 4 December at 19:00 CET here!

A Season of Classic Films: Celebrating film heritage across Europe

Beside Yugosloveska Kinoteka, which has the honour of opening the second edition of A Season of Classic Films, another 21 members of ACE participate in the initiative. Each film institution has selected a film title or a compilation programme from their affluent archives to showcase renowned films, but also those less-known film gems.

The selected films are presented in a catalogue, which provides a colourful palette of European cinema history aiming to be inspirational for film festival programmers around the world.

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