A Season of Classic Films 2022

International cinema and online screenings, autumn 2022


Discover the line-up of free screenings of restored films curated by members of ACE - Association des Cinémathèques Européennes. This October, the programme offers film treasures from Romania, Sweden, Portugal, Poland and Spain, many of them to be also accessed online without geo-blocking restrictions in restoration premiere. A Season of Classic Films is made possible with the support of Creative Europe.


Romania, Jean Mihail, 1924-1925, 54′

World premiere of the restored film Manasse, which tells the story of a young Jewish woman who wants to marry a Christian man, but finds opposition from her grandfather and peers. Restored and presented by Arhiva Nationala de Filme, Romania. The film will be available with English subtitles to watch for free until 17 November here.

With Reindeer and Sled in Inka Länta’s Winterland / Med Ackja Och Ren i Inka Läntas Vinterland

Sweden, Erik Bergström, 1926, 59′

One of the earliest feature-length films about Sámi, the indigenous people of Sweden. The film depicts the culture and everyday life of a Sámi family in a less exotifying manner than many similar films from its era. The new restoration by the Swedish Film Institute will be presented in several free-admission cinema screenings across Sweden, while an online version is accessible for free with English and French subtitles to view until the end of the year.

Change of Life / Mudar de Vida

Portugal, Paulo Rocha, 1966, 94′

Representing the so-called Portuguese “New Cinema” period, Paulo Rocha’s film silently echoes the colonial war, with the story of a man who returns to his country and finds it difficult to reunite with his native village. Restored and presented by Cinemateca Portuguesa-Museu do Cinema. The screening will take place in collaboration with the Avanca cineclub at the Estarreja Cine-Teatro, very close to where the film was shot. Details about online access TBA.

Janko the Musician / Janko Muzykant

Poland, Ryszard Ordyński, 1930, 104′

On 25 October, National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute, Poland, will present in a world premiere the restoration of one of the oldest preserved Polish films and an example of early European sound cinema. Until recently, the original film soundtrack was missing and in the context of A Season of Classic Films, the image and audio were reconstructed and digitally restored to be shown again after almost 90 years since the film’s original premiere. The film tells the story of a boy who dreams of becoming a great violinist.

Corpses / Cada Ver Es

Spain, Ángel García del Val, 1981, 81′

On the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, Filmoteca Valenciana – Institut Valencià de Cultura will present in a world premiere its restoration of Cada Ver Es. The film is a radical and poetic approach to death through the testimonies of Juan M. Espada, assistant at the Anatomical Forensics Institute of Valencia, Spain.

Full Programme

For dates and access links of the upcoming free screenings until the end of the year, please follow ACE’s website and social media pages on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter.

Film Loans for FIAF Affiliates

To support the film loans amongst archives and to encourage programming in film festivals and other exhibition venues, the films are presented in a catalogue with information about the film crew, context, technical characteristics, copyrights and contact point for each film institution.