CinemaxX Denmark Holds the World's First 4K Film Festival

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Sun, 10/30/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

CinemaxX’s movie theatres in Copenhagen Odense and Aarhus held what it called the world's first 4K Film Festival from September 22-28. Entitled “Past Film Classics in Future Format ” the movies were all true classics and were shown using Sony Digital Cinema 4K projection systems. 
The festival took place in the chain's cinemas in Copenhagen Odense and Aarhus.
CinemaxX selected nine classic films that continue to thrill and move cinema audiences. The films were chosen based on criteria for both technical and artistic quality. Prior to selection the movies were restored and transferred to 4K digital media. The film classics shown included: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes starring Marilyn Monroe directed by Howard Hawks
Bridge over the River Kwai starring W. Holden & Alec Guinness directed by David Lean
North by Northwest starring Cary Grant directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Dr. Strangelove starring Peter Sellers directed by Stanley Kubrick
The Sound of Music starring Julia Andrews directed by Robert Wise
The Red Shoes starring Moira Shearer directed by Michael Powell
Taxi Driver starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster directed by Martin Scorsese
True Grit starring Jeff Bridges directed by the Coen brothers
Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio directed by Christopher Nolan. I was very impressed with the nine selected films which manage to stay relevant in their own ways despite their age. And I have great respect for CinemaxX which has taken the initiative to bring together film enthusiasts by combining old movies with the latest technology says Oliver Pasch head of professional digital cinema at Sony Professional.
 Pasch along with Rikart Købke head of films at CinemaxX Denmark and the chain's technical director Jesper Helbo took part in a workshop for the Festival held for the Danish media. This enabled the assembled journalists to experience Sony Digital Cinema 4K compare it to 35 mm film and see examples of the possibilities of the new format. The journalists also got to see 4K camera footage shot by the recently announced Sony F65 camera. The European cinema chain CinemaxX and Sony Professional have a close and long-standing relationship. They plan to continue the roll out of Sony Digital Cinema 4K in CinemaxX cinemas allowing the format to be experienced in all of the chain's 292 screens in 31 theatres in Germany in addition to the three in Denmark.