The third edition of Memory! International Film Heritage Festival will take place in Yangon from May 29 to June 7, the organisers said.
This year’s theme will be “Women” with international guests such as actresses Catherine Deneuve and Michelle Yeoh, Cheng Pei Pei and Marrie Lee, and Myanmar actresses Daw Swe Zin Htaik, Daw Khin Thida Htun and Daw Nwe Nwe San.
Several international directors like Olivier Assayas, Lana Gogoberidze and Salomé Alexi, and Myanmar director Daw Thin Thin Yu are also billed to attend the event.
Music will be also part of the program with three live cine-concerts, notably young Myanmar rock star Itö who will perform live accompaniment of silent early age feminist films.
Myanmar director U Kyi Soe Tun will supervise the musical accompaniment of Prince Achmed and German pianists Pierre Oser and Katia Brandl will perform 1927 Metropolis. Conferences and artist masterclasses will take place from May 30 to June 3.
Memory! International Festival of Heritage Cinema was created in 2013, in the continuity of the very few existing festivals entirely focused on classics such as Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna (Italy) of Lumière Festival in Lyon (France).
Memory! is the sole international festival dedicated to film heritage in Asia and is touted as one of the largest cultural events in Myanmar in 2015.
During ten days, the “Official Selection” of Memory! 3rd edition will show over 50 classics from around the world, alongside conferences and masterclasses. Memory! comprises also a “Myanmar Film Treasures” section with four Myanmar classics. The festival is non-profit with free admission to all events.
“We are very honoured that key artists have accepted to attend this festival in Myanmar in order to highlight the richness of cinema legacy. They will share their love for cinema and their experience with the audience during masterclass and conferences. Transmission is one of the key words of the festival, targeting a new young generation,” Séverine Wemaere and Gilles Duval, co-directors of the festival, said in a statement.
“Through this selection of more than 50 international classics, Memory! festival aims at opening a window on the world of the past to better understand the world of today,” they added.