The 17th Kraków Silent Film Festival will be held from 1st to 4th December in Pod Baranami Cinema. This year, the theme of the festival is ‘journeys’ – through time as well as space.
Every year, silent masterpieces of world cinema are screened at the festival accompanied by live music performed by renowned artists. The organisers of the Silent Film Festival underline that modern audiences want to rediscover films from the times before sound. They note that this year is the 120th anniversary of the first presentation of a motion picture in Poland, which took place on 14th November 1896.
The films to be presented include The General, featuring Buster Keaton as the most famous train driver in film history; The Black Pirate by Albert Parker, which tells a story of corsairs and romance; and the documentary Nanook Of The North, which portrays one year from the life of an Inuit man and his family. The festival will also familiarise the audience with the works of Oktavijan Miletić – the father of Croatian film.
A Polish film featured at the festival is the digitally restored romance Call of The Sea (Zew Morza) directed by Henryk Szaro, the author of the famous Strong Man. The film will be presented with a soundtrack composed by Krzesimir Dębski.
Every year, the Silent Film Festival features special morning shows for kids organised by Pod Baranami Cinema – Baranki Dzieciom (Baranki For Children). This year, children will be able to construct optical toys from the times of the film pioneers, attend a showing of the silent film A Trip To The Moon with live music performed by the group SALK, and create by themselves an accompaniment to an excerpt of a silent film.
- 7 p.m. In The Land of The Head Hunters (Edward S. Curtis) with live music by Ula Stosio/Marcin Pokorski
- 7 p.m. A Trip To Mars (Holger-Madsen) with live music by Helatone Trio
- 9.15 p.m. The Loves of Pharaoh (Ernst Lubitsch) with live music by Immortal Onion
- 11.15 p.m. Nanook Of The North (Robert Flaherty) with live music by Minoo; afterparty in Betel Klub ( Szczepański Place 3)
- 6.30 p.m. Undesirable (Niepożądana) (Mihaly Kertesz) with live music by Semi-Invented Trio
- 9.15 p.m. The Black Pirate (Albert Parker) with live music by TROPY
- 11 p.m. The Call of The Sea (Zew morza) (Henryk Szaro) with music by Krzesimir Dębski
- 11 a.m. Baranki In The Silent Cinema: film history workshops for children, led by Sztukolotnia
- 12.15 p.m. A Trip To The Moon (Georges Méliès) with live music by SALK; followed by musical workshops for children
- 4.30 p.m. Oktavijan Miletić – The Father of Croatian Auteur Cinema, with live music by Lód 9
- 7 p.m. The Road to Ernoa (René Coiffard, Louis Delluc) with live music by Kixnare
- 9.15 p.m. The General (Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman) with live music by Baaba
Source: organiser's info, www.festiwalfilmuniemego.pl, compiled by md, translated by br