Cannes Classics to celebrate the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Cannes Classics to celebrate the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Cannes Classics to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey in Cannes, with world premiere of a 70mm print of the director’s 1968 masterpiece, introduced by filmmaker Christopher Nolan.

Cannes Classics will host the world premiere of an unrestored 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking science fiction epic, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Set for Saturday, May 12, 2018, the screening will be introduced by filmmaker Christopher Nolan, who will be attending the Festival de Cannes for the first time. The screening will also be attended by members of Stanley Kubrick’s family including his daughter Katharina Kubrick and Stanley’s long time producing partner and brother-in-law Jan Harlan.

Nolan will also participate in a Cannes Masterclass, set for Sunday, May 13, during which he will discuss his award-winning filmography and also share his passion for the singular work of Stanley Kubrick

For the first time since the original release, this 70mm print was struck from new printing  elements made from the original camera negative. Nolan worked closely with the team at Warner Bros. Pictures throughout the mastering process.

Nolan said in a statement, “One of my earliest memories of cinema is seeing Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ in 70mm, at the Leicester Square Theatre in London with my father. The opportunity to be involved in recreating that experience for a new generation, and of introducing our new unrestored 70mm print of Kubrick’s masterpiece in all its analogue glory at the Cannes Film Festival is an honor and a privilege.”

“2001” starred Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood as astronauts on a voyage to Jupiter with the computer HAL 9000, following the discovery of a mysterious black monolith with a profound effect on human evolution. Kubrick won the Academy Award for best visual effects, in addition to earning nominations for director and original screenplay, shared with Arthur C. Clarke.

In 1991, “2001” was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. Many critics and filmmakers consider it Kubrick’s masterpiece.

Thanks partly to reissues, the sci-fi thriller has earned almost $57 million at the domestic box office during its lifetime.

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