Premiere set for 'Red Shoes' restoration

Funders of project include HFPA, Film Foundation

The newly restored "The Red Shoes," from directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, will have its U.S. premiere July 29 at the Directors Guild of America. The restoration was primarily funded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., aided by the Film Foundation and the Louis B. Mayer Foundation.

HFPA president Philip Berk will be joined by UCLA archivist Robert Gitt and director Curtis Hansen to introduce the film, which underwent an extensive two-year, 4K digital restoration by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Film Foundation, in association with the British Film Institute, ITV Global Entertainment and Janus Films.

"Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger created a vision in 'The Red Shoes,' one that has never really been matched," said Martin Scorsese, founder and chair of the Film Foundation. "There's no question that it's one of the most beautiful color films ever made, and one of the truest to the experience of the artist, the joy and pain of devoting yourself to a life of creation."

The world premiere of the restored "The Red Shoes" took place at the Cannes Film Festival in May.