Slovenian Cinematheque Film Archive Department
|Arhivski oddelek Slovenske kinoteke|
|Metelkova 2a, SI-1000 Ljubljana|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 434 2511|
|Fax||386 (0) 1 434 2516|
|Managed by||Slovenian Cinematheque|
- Distribution - Import-Export, 2009
- Distribution - Midas, 2007
- 4th Animateka, 2007
- Distribution - Les triplettes de Belleville, 2004
- Distribution - Yadon Ilaheyya (aka Intervention Divine), 2003
Initially the Film Archive Department did not have a proper storage space for the preservation of film prints as all the prints were sent to the central archive of the former Yugoslav Cinematheque from Belgrade. Its small collection of just 354 film titles was stored in appalling conditions (the place was small, lacking proper temperature, lighting conditions and humidity control as water was leaking into it) so it had first to find a site with proper conditions. The Slovene Film Archives section of the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia, which was already a member of International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), helped the Film Archive Department to get adequate premises in Gotenica (in a former army underground building), where later the necessary work was done to properly maintain the world's film heritage.
Currently, the Slovenian Cinematheque film collection is stored in 500 square meters of air-conditioned areas, whereas an additional approximately 200 square meters are being used as a working space (offices and inspection rooms). Furthermore it is necessary to mention that the Film Archive Department takes care of the 1,680 film prints of the Slovenian Film Centre.
Among the most valuable prints of the collection are 3 major discoveries of the Slovenian Cinematheque, with which it sensationally entered the world of important film archives. These are: the colourised nitrate film print of the oldest preserved feature film by Ernst Lubitsch When I was dead from 1916; the only preserved tinted print of Franz Hofer's film First traces of age from 1913; and also the only coloured copy in the world of the film The Juggler (unknown director) from 1909. There are also some other important prints – like the inter-negative of Ladri di biciclette [The Bicycle Thief (also known as Bicycle Thieves)] by Vittorio de Sica – but they are not as rare as the 3 above mentioned films.
- Archive Department, Slovenian Cinematheque website
- FIAF website
- Presentation of Lubitsch's When I Was Dead (in German)
- Theatre play based on Lubitsch's When I Was Dead