Geschichte der Nacht (Story of Night). 1979. Switzerland. Directed by Clemens Klopfenstein. No dialogue. 64 min.
The subject of a MoMA retrospective in 1980, Swiss filmmaker and photographer Clemens Klopfenstein returns to present one of his most haunting works. Shot on highly sensitive black-and-white film stock, Story of Night is Klopfenstein’s nocturnal excursion across the European continent, boundlessly interweaving images of some 50 cities, from Dublin to Istanbul, in a kind of dream logic, and bathing them in a granular, crepuscular light. A restoration of the Cinémathèque suisse in collaboration with Basel University, with the support of Memoriav at Cinegrell laboratory. DCP.