Grozo (Guy Saint-Jean), a petty thief works his way up the absurd hierarchy of Goto, an archipelago cut off from civilization by a tumultuous earthquake. Amongst his menial tasks are cleaning the governor’s boots, attending to the dogs and catching flies. What keeps him going is the dream of possessing Glossia (Ligia Branice-Borowczyk), a stifled beauty trapped in a loveless marriage to the melancholic dictator (Pierre Brasseur).
About the Film:
Stunningly designed, Goto, l'île d'amour is a film in which bizarre props, atmospheric sets and animals, are given as much weight on screen as the human actors. Features surrealistic sights, poetic flashes of colour and the stunning use of Händel’s organ concerto.
A masterpiece in the true sense of the word, Goto marked the feature-length, live-action debut of Walerian Borowczyk (1923 - 2006), whom film writer David Thomson has described as “one of the major artists of modern cinema, arguably the finest talent that East Europe has provided”.
Shot during May 1968 amongst the ruins of Marie-Curie's laboratory in the outskirts of France, Goto was banned in both Communist Poland and Generalissimo Franco's Spain. In France, however, it was awarded the Prix Georges Sadoul and featured on the cover of the legendary magazine Cahiers du Cinéma. In England, Goto influenced a generation of artists, including the writer Angela Carter, illustrator Andrzej Klimowski, fine artist Craigie Horsfield as well as animation legends The Quay Brothers.
Why the Restoration is Necessary:
Time has not been kind to Goto. During the early 1970s, the original camera negative was destroyed in a fire. What is more, the startling flashes of colour photography that punctuate this black and white film have often been missing from both television screenings and video releases.
Earlier this year, Arrow Films decided to reclaim Borowczyk as one of the great names in world cinema by making new transfers and restorations of nine of his groundbreaking short films and two of his early features, the animated Le théâtre de M. et Mme. Kabal (1967) and Blanche (1971). Along with newly restored copies of both Contes immoraux (1974), La Bête (1975), these titles will be released as part of a box-set in May 2014 by Arrow Academy. While Goto, l'île d'amour is to be included, it has yet to be transferred and restored.
All filmmakers want their films to look and sound as good as possible, but Borowczyk was particularly meticulous. Therefore, to return Goto to its former glory it is necessary to not only involve the very best technicians and facilities, but also the participation of surviving crew members to ensure that the restoration will be a faithful rendition of Borowczyk's original vision.
The plan is to ship all of the surviving film elements from the French National Film Archive to Deluxe laboratories in London, where they will be scanned at 2K resolution and restored in high definition under the supervision of James White.
The project is supported by Borowczyk's widow, actress Ligia Branice (whose startling performance is at the heart of the film), and will involve Dominque Ségrétin, who collaborated closely with the filmmaker throughout the production of the film. Steadicam legend Noël Véry, who served as a camera assistant on Goto, will supervise the grading of the film.
This is your chance to play a part in restoring not just a great movie, but a missing chapter in film history.
Risks and challenges
We plan to begin work on the restoration in January 2014. The restoration process will take several months. The plan is to have Goto ready by May 2014. However, film restoration is a meticulous process, and there is always the possibility of a delay. If such a delay does occur, then we will contact all our backers to inform them of the reason for the delay, and offer a revised delivery date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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