Cannes Classics to screen restored films

Manoel de Oliveira will preside over sidebar

PARIS -- The Festival de Cannes is getting a post-60th birthday face lift with a series of restored copies of old films set to screen at the fifth annual Cannes Classics sidebar, organizers said Wednesday.

Manoel de Oliveira, who will turn 100 in December, will preside over the 2008 Cannes Classics and screen his first film, "Douro, Faina Fluvial," while the Cinematheque Francaise will present the world premiere of its Technicolor restoration of Max Ophuls' last movie, "Lola Montes."

Martin Scorcese's nonprofit World Cinema Foundation will sponsor three restored screenings, including Metin Erksan's "Susuz Yaz," presented by Fatih Akin. Warner Bros. will celebrate 85 years of studio success with a screening of Richard Schickel's documentary "You Must Remember This: A History of Warner Bros." and a "Warner screening" every night at the Cinema de la Plage.

The festival also will present select titles not able to be screened in 1968 when the fest was closed down by French directors in support of national student protests. Carlos Saura will present "Peppermint Frappe" and Claude Lelouch will present a restored copy of his "13 Jours en France."