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Europa (1931)

Film 35m 1931

Wed 6 Oct 13:00- 13:35

Believed to have been destroyed by the Nazis, this masterpiece was re-discovered by chance in the Bundesarchiv Berlin in 2019. Based on Anatol Stern’s eponymous modernist poem and a startlingly prescient outcry against the rise of fascism in Europe, Europa utilises an incredible array of techniques to articulate the horror and moral decline that the artists witnessed in Poland during the build-up to the Second World War. Alongside the world premiere screening of the restoration of this legendary film, we will be joined by special guests to discuss the story of the work’s creation, loss and restitution as looted art – the first instance in cinema, restituted by the Commission. Also showing are reconstructions of the film created during its absence. William Fowler

Europa was rediscovered by the Pilecki Institute in the Bundesarchiv, Berlin and restored by Fixafilm, Warsaw at 2K. The Commission for Looted Art in Europe negotiated the restitution of the original 35mm film material to the Themerson Estate which subsequently donated them to the BFI National Archive. A new soundtrack is composed by Lodewijk Muns.


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