Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation to Host Virtual Screening of I Know Where I’m Going!

Posted 2022/04/23 13 0


Martin Scorsese continues to fight for cinema. The legendary director has been hard at work since 1990, when he funded The Film Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving and showing restored movies for new generations. Now, the Film Foundation is stepping into virtual screening and starting off on May 9th with I Know Where I’m Going!. A clip of the film can be viewed below, courtesy of The Criterion Collection’s official YouTube channel, as well as a synopsis.

In Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s stunningly photographed comedy, romance flourishes in an unlikely place—the bleak and moody Scottish Hebrides. Wendy Hiller stars as a headstrong young woman who travels to these remote isles to marry a rich lord. Stranded by stormy weather, she meets a handsome naval officer (Roger Livesey) who threatens to thwart her carefully laid-out life plans.

I Know Where I’m Going! was written and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the two collaborated on many films and were often referred to as The Archers. Together, they were behind such acclaimed films as The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, A Canterbury Tale, and A Matter of Life and Death. The film was restored by The Film Foundation and BFI National Archive, in association with ITV and Park Circus. The Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation, accompanied by Matt Spick, are credited with funding the restoration of the film.

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I Know Where I’m Going! will be available for a 24-hour window period and will be accompanied by interviews with filmmakers and archivists. For this particular screening, such names will include editor Thelma Schoomaker Powell, actor Tilda Swinton, and directors Joanna Hogg and Kevin Macdonald. All of whom consider I Know Where I’m Going! to be among their favorite films. Scorsese talks with Deadline about the new screenings.

“We’re looking forward to making these beautiful restorations available to a wide audience. Many of these presentations will feature restorations that are rarely seen, with myself and other filmmakers sharing why these films are important, how they have impacted our lives, and why it’s crucial that they be preserved.”

Keeping Cinema Alive

A list of future movies have also been announced for screening, following I Know Where I’m Going!. Such titles include 1954’s La Strada, 1979’s Kummatty, 1945’s Detour and 1946’s The Chase (which will be presented in a double feature), 1972’s Sambizanga, 1961’s One-Eyed Jacks, 1952’s Moulin Rouge, and 1976’s Lost Lost Lost. Future titles have yet to be announced but are most certainly on the way. Each screening will be held on the second Monday of each month and will all feature exclusive interviews and content. Margaret Bodde, executive director of The Film Foundation, has expressed excitement about the screenings.

“[The Restoration Screening Room] aligns perfectly with the foundation’s mission, and we’re eager to connect with people around the world who love cinema.”

Since its founding in 1990, The Film Foundation has participated in restoring over 925 films. This new screening project will present these movies entirely for free for all to enjoy.

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