Christopher Nolan was 7 years old when he went to see Stanley Kubrick’s classic “2001: A Space Odyssey” in London with his father. He was gobsmacked.
“You sit there and you just go, ‘This is a film that’s not observing any conventions,’” Mr. Nolan said in a phone interview from Los Angeles.
Four decades later, Mr. Nolan has himself been compared to Kubrick for a similarly meticulous approach to filmmaking and a taste for ambitious productions like “Interstellar.” He shrugs off those comparisons — Mr. Nolan said he’s just a fan — but for his latest project, he put himself directly in Kubrick’s shoes. On Saturday, he’s going to the Cannes Film Festival for the first time to screen a restored 70-millimeter print of Kubrick’s seminal work to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
But calling it a restoration, Mr. Nolan said, isn’t quite right. He prefers “unrestored.”
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The cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, left, Christopher Nolan and a color timer, Kristen Zimmermann, working on the “unrestored” version of “2001: A Space Odyssey.”CreditRoko Belic/Syncopy