Two years after its digital restoration, the 1972 documentary Bird on a Wire, which follows Canadian singer Leonard Cohen during his final European tour, will be screened for the first time in Cohen's hometown. In fact, the premiere will be in Montreal's Corona Theatre on May 11 at 7 PM.
The restoration process definitely took some time.
In fact, Tony Palmer, the director of the documentary, didn't have the original version of the film. It was only in 2009 that 294 rolls of footage of the original film were finally found in a warehouse in Hollywood.
The film's original negative has yet to be found. Moreover, many of the prints were either cut and/or scratched beyond use.
Is the restoration perfect? Viewers will have the chance to ask that question to director Tony Palmer who will attend the screening at the Corona Theatre in Montreal.
Tickets for the screening are available at this URL: http://www.evenko.ca/en/show/event/5095