BFI London Film Festival to screen Hoop Dreams

Wil Gates, newly restored HOOP DREAMS

The newly restored Hoop Dreams will screen in a special presentation at the 58th BFI London Film Festival this October 17th, at 8pm.

Tickets for the 20th anniversary screening go on sale at 10am on September 18th. Get details and see the full program.

Restored to its original 4:3 aspect ratio and thoroughly improved in image and sound quality, Hoop Dreams has been preserved by the Academy Film Archive and UCLA Film & Television Archive in conjunction with the Sundance Institute. Preservation funded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Sundance Institute. Laboratory services provided by Modern VideoFilm and Audio Mechanics. This new DCP of the film previously world premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Hoop Dreams is screening in the London Film Festival's Debate section, alongside new films that "that rush headfirst and unafraid into some of the stormiest issues of the day." In the program notes, BFI London writes: "Voted the 17th greatest documentary of all-time in Sight & Sound magazine’s recent poll, Hoop Dreams is an absorbing, wrenching and deeply humane portrait that resonates just as strongly now as it did upon its release twenty years ago."

Watch this space for news of upcoming screenings of the newly restored Hoop Dreams in US theaters later this year, via Janus Films. As the image below shows, the experience of watching this new version on the big screen will be even better than seeing it for the first time.