The Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes, the Japan Foundation, Manila, the Philippine-Italian Association, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, and the Embassies of Austria, France, Thailand, and the United States of America are all set to jointly mount the ninth edition of the International Silent Film Festival in Manila at the Shang Cineplex of the Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City.
Slated from August 27 to 30, the festival, which is dubbed as the only one of its kind in Asia will open with the screening of one of its new members, Austria’s Orlacs Hände (The Hands of Orlac), a 1924 silent horror film based on the fantasy novel of French writer Maurice Renard. Directed by Robert Wiene, the film tells the story of world-famous pianist Paul Orlac, who receives a double hand transplant and later finds out that his new hands belonged to a criminal.
The Orlacs Hände screening on August 27 at the Shang Cineplex will feature a live musical score by The Executives, the Philippines’ oldest big jazz band founded by the late Sen. Raul Manglapus in 1957. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. and screening commences at 8 p.m.
On August 28, the festival will feature the Philippines’ Brides of Sulu with live music from Kjwan and Japan’s series of short silent comedy films, Kokushi Muso (Peerless Patriot), Wasei Kenka Tomodachi (Fighting Friends—Japanese Style), Tokkan Kozo (A Straightforward Boy), and Ishikawa Goemon no Hoji (A Buddhist Mass for Goemon Ishikawa), which will be accompanied by Hidden Nikki.
Another new member of the festival, Thailand, will screen its silent film, The Overture on August 29, accompanied by the Royal Thai Navy Traditional Ensemble. Germany’s Berlin, die Sinfonie der Gro stadt (Berlin, Symphony of a Great City) follows Thailand and will be accompanied by Pierre Oser and the Big Jazz Balloon. Finally, Spain’s Don Juan Tenorio will be shown with the musical performance from The Dingdong Fiel Trio.
Culminating the film festival on August 30 are France’s Paris Qui Dort (The Crazy Ray), accompanied by Ian Lofamia Blues Band, Italy’s Gli u ltimi giorni di Pompei (The Last Days of Pompeii) with musical accompaniment from The Dawn, and the USA’s Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans with musical performance from Razorback.
The 9th International Silent Film Festival is made possible in partnership with Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza, JEC Philippines (Austria), the National Film Center of The Museum of Modern Art Tokyo and Shochiku Co., Ltd., the Embassies of Italy and Spain, Filmoteca de Catalunya, Institut Francais, and EUNIC Philippines.
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