MILANGiorgio Armani is strengthening his ties with Italian cinema, contributing to the restoration of director Marco Bellocchio’s 50-year-old film “I Pugni in Tasca” (“Fists in the Pocket.”)

The film first premiered in 1965 at the Locarno Film Festival and the restored version will be presented on Aug. 14 at the 68th edition of the festival. Kavac Film carried out the restoration at the laboratories of the film library of Bologna and the new version is distributed by The Match Factory.

“When I was a child, the cinema was for me the most beautiful route of escape from reality. I liked to imagine every time to live the same adventures and emotions of the characters,” said Armani. “To have had a chance during my career to work with the best directors and actors, creating great stores, and be able to contribute to the preservation of film heritage is a dream come true,” added the designer.

Armani has strong ties to the world of cinema. He has contributed to the restoration of major films and created costumes for more than 200 films including “The Counselor.” In 2001 he was among the producers of the documentary film “My Voyage to Italy” by Martin Scorsese on the history of Italian cinema.

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