"Like a kid in a candy store": NonStop Timeless to re-release the world's beloved classics
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Swedish distributor NonStop Entertainment has chosen Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours trilogy to open the first season of a line-up of films by old masters
Starting in July, the first Timeless season includes Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours trilogy (1993-1994) as a tribute to the 20th anniversary of his death, and will also celebrate the 80th anniversary of US director Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936), adding his The Kid (1921) and The Great Dictator (1940), UK director Sally Potter’s Orlando (1992) and German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Querelle (1982).
“It is like being a kid in a candy store, to be able to choose and pick among the best films ever made. We believe there is a blank spot in the market, which we aim to fill,” said Jakob Abrahamsson, the CEO of NonStop Entertainment since the August 2015 management buy-out. “Ironically, the current digital platforms in our territories offer a smaller selection of cinema classics than back in the DVD heyday.”
“We have worked hard to make a programme that is as interesting and challenging as possible, with films from different time periods, cultures, directors, and a broad range of themes and stories. We are also putting some serious effort into repackaging them in a relevant and current manner to make them as accessible as possible to the audience,” added Candace Droguett, head of NonStop Timeless.
Emphasising that NonStop Timeless is a long-term project, Abrahamsson and Droguett have acquired numerous international cinema classics, either for proper theatrical re-release, or for special-event screenings, film clubs, repertoire cinemas, and TVoD, EST and DVD. Upcoming titles include Ettore Scola’s A Special Day (1977) and Ugly, Dirty and Bad (1976); Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ (1963) and La Dolce Vita (1960); Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket (1959) and A Man Escaped (1956); Louis Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows (1958) and Goodbye Children (1987); Werner Herzog’s My Best Fiend (1999) and Fitzcarraldo (1982); Mike Leigh’s Naked (1993) and Secrets and Lies (1996); Peter Greenaway’s Drowning by Numbers (1988); Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher (2001); Krzysztof Kieślowski’s The Double Life of Veronique (1991); and Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight (1952) and City Lights (1931).