The memory of an elephant!


Movie buffs love it when they can see classic films again on the big screen. There’s an event in Montréal that gives them the chance! Éléphant ClassiQ is a festival that lets us discover (or revisit) cinematic history in newly restored digital versions of the films. The first edition of the festival was dedicated to French-language cinema. It presented rare gems from the silver screens of France, Belgium, Switzerland, Africa and Québec.

Claude Fournier and Marie-José Raymond are the directors of a digital archive project called Éléphant, mémoire du cinéma. They had the idea of creating this mini-festival, running three days in November, to celebrate our film heritage and even give a second life to movies that were forgotten too soon.

The Éléphant project is gradually restoring all of Québec feature films and transferring them to HD digital media for distribution online. Since the project was launched in 2008, more than 225 fiction films have been digitally remastered. Some have had the privilege of being shown at prestigious events like the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon, France.