In 1993, a film reel with a colour version of Georges Méliès groundbreaking silent science fiction film A Trip to the Moon from 1902 was discovered. Previous versions of the film have been black and white and of poor quality. The bad condition of the reel signalled the beginning of an international project, with new technologically advanced methods, in a desperate attempt to save the content and recreate the film. After 12 years, by which time it had become history’s most expensive film restoration project, the work was finally complete! This is the fascinating documentary about Georges Méliès, A Trip to the Moon, the early history of cinema and the arduous restoration work. This documentary has been shown at film festivals in Berlin and Cannes.

Immediately after the documentary, we finally see the freshly restored colour version of Georges Méliès classic A Trip to the Moon in its entirety, with new music by the French band AIR!

Maximillian Lestander

(The screening is co-presented by MK2)

Short film: A Trip to the Moon
Directed by: Georges Méliès

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