Directors: Serge Bromberg, Eric Lange
Cast: Michel Gondry, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Costa Gavras, Michel Hazanavicius
Country: France, 2011
Duration: 76 minutes
THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE
Cinema’s most unforgettable image is perhaps that of the Man in the Moon being poked in the eye by a rocket ship. The magical Georges Méliès was the creator of that image, and his A Trip to the Moon thrilled audiences in 1902. Now, thanks to one of the most technically sophisticated and expensive restorations in film history, A Trip to the Moon can thrill audiences once again in colour.
The Extraordinary Voyage is a fascinating documentary that charts the film’s voyage across the century and into the next millennium, from the fantastical Méliès’s production in 1902 to the astonishing rediscovery of a nitrate print in colour in 1993 to the premiere of the new restoration on the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. Interviews with some of contemporary cinema’s most imaginative filmmakers, such as Michel Gondry and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, attest to Méliès’ enduring significance.
A TRIP TO THE MOON
A landmark event: the hand-painted color version of Méliès’s legendary A Trip to the Moon, unseen for over a century until its glorious new restoration by Lobster Films, Groupama Gan Fondation for Cinema, and Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage. A Trip to the Moon will be screened once after The Extraordinary Voyage documentary.