Christopher Nolan has been a vocal supporter of celluloid for years. His last production, the war drama Dunkirk, got the widest 70mm release in the last two-and-a-half decades. Nolan’s love for the medium is now going to bring him to Mumbai, where he, along with the celebrated visual artist Tacita Dean, will headline an event called ‘Reframing the Future of Film’ on March 31 and April 1, highlighting the importance of shooting, preserving and projecting film.
Starting in 2015 at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, ‘Reframing the Future of Film’ has since been held in Tate Modern during the London Film Festival and at Museo Rufino Tamayo, a contemporary art museum, in Mexico City. At its fourth edition and Mumbai, Nolan and Dean will be in conversation with Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, the founder of the Film Heritage Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that supports the conservation, preservation and restoration of films.
“India has such wonderful cinema and a rich history of art that everything needs to be done to not only encourage its proper preservation for future generations but also reintroduce the film medium to the younger artists and filmmakers in the country,” said Nolan in a statement. Dean echoed the filmmaker’s views, saying, “Film is a beautiful, robust, and entirely different way of making and showing images in the museum and cinema. We need to keep the medium distinct from technology. We need to keep the choice of film available for artists, filmmakers, and audiences.”
During the event, Nolan and Dean will discuss the importance and differences of shooting on film and why it should be preserved for future generations. They will also highlight how watching movies on film is a crucial part of the visual experience and the necessity of determining the different ways in which it can be archived and exhibited in future.