A screening and exploration of the magnificently restored hand-painted version of A Trip to the Moon on the big screen complete with the new AIR score. We will also take a journey into the majestic 10 year process behind this color restoration of this 1st ever science fiction classic previously unseen for 109 years in ‘The Extraordinary Voyage’ directed by Serge Bromberg of Lobster Films and Eric Lange with guests Michel Gondry, Martin Scorsese, Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, Delicatessen) and Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist).
AIR’s Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel, were approached to compose an original modern soundtrack, an enormous honor for French musicians, considering the film’s place in the canon of French cinema. With the aim of premiering at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, AIR set themselves a tight deadline, locking their studio doors and working around the clock to serve these classic images with brave new sounds. Complete with a new soundtrack by AIR, the film debuted at Cannes on May 11, 2011 to immediate and unanimous acclaim.
Inspired and enchanted by the otherworldly innovations of Méliès, AIR decided to develop the project into a full album Le Voyage Dans La Lune inspired by the film (out now on Astralwerks). Expanding the original musical themes beyond cinematic instrumentals, the album also features the vocal talents of Au Revoir Simone and Victoria Legrand (Beach House). The band’s lunar fascinations have been evident since the beginning of their career with the release of the seminal 1998 classic Moon Safari. Now in 2012 AIR’s Nicolas and JB have returned to explore the further regions of their very unique musical “space.”
Be sure to join the 3pm live improvised scoring session of A TRIP 'BEYOND' THE MOON
Be sure to visit Flicker Alley for more on the cinemagic of George Méliès.