Nolan to present Kubrick classic in Cannes

Original version of 2001: A Space Odyssey to be shown on film

by Richard Mowe

The 50th anniversary poster for 2001: A Space Odyssey
The 50th anniversary poster for 2001: A Space Odyssey Photo: Warner Bros

Regarded by many enthusiasts as a film that profoundly changed the landscape of cinema, Stanley Kubrick’s ground-breaking science fiction opus, 2001: A Space Odyssey will be screened in a remastered 70mm print at this year’s Cannes Film Festival as part of the Cannes Classics strand.

Christopher Nolan will introduce the screening on his first visit to Cannes. The Dunkirk director helped to supervise the striking of the print from the original camera negative. The organisers state: “This is a true photochemical film recreation. There are no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits. The original version will be presented to recreate the cinematic event audiences experienced 50 years ago.” A longtime admirer of Kubrick, Nolan worked closely with the team at Warner Bros throughout the process.

The screening is set for Saturday, May 12 and besides Nolan will be attended by members of the Kubrick clan including his daughter Katharina and his producing partner and brother-in-law Jan Harlan. On Sunday (May 13) Nolan will take part in a Cannes masterclass to discuss his filmography and also his passion for Kubrick.

Originally released in 70mm Cinerama roadshow format on April 3, 1968, the film fired the imaginations of critics and audiences alike while its impact has continued to resonate across the generations.

2001: A Space Odyssey will return to select US theatres in 70mm beginning 18 May with other dates and territories expected to be announced shortly.

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