Sounds of Silence - 3rd edition

Silent film & live music festival - Day 2

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Silent film masterpieces accompanied by live music.

Sounds of Silence festival for silent films and live music will celebrate its third edition in February 2017; exposing the profound art of silent cinema and exploring its interaction with contemporary sound. As in previous editions, we will show silent film masterpieces accompanied by live music by superb musicians who come from a variety of musical styles. This year the festival will extend silent cinema further into the realms of performing arts and immersive technologies.
The second day of the festival is dedicated to the Swedish director, actor and scriptwriter Victor Sjöström. Sjöström was one of the most prominent Swedish film and theatre personalities of the 20th century and a constant source of inspiration for many directors, most notably Ingmar Bergman. We will show a Bergman film in which Sjöström played the main role and two silent films which he directed.

Attention! Tickets online are cheaper.
1 film/performance: 14,50 euro (12,50 online, 10 for students)
Regular film: 6 euro (5 online)
Day ticket: 22 Euro (20 online, 15 for students) -  Buy your day-ticket day 2 here
All-in ticket: 52 Euro (50 online, 40 for students). Buy your ticket here

16:00 | GROTE ZAAL | Film | 91 minutes
Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman, 1957, Sweden)
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Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg - masterfully played by veteran director Victor Sjöström - is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, Wild Strawberries dramatizes one man’s remarkable voyage of self-discovery. This richly humane masterpiece, full of iconic imagery, is a treasure from the golden age of art-house cinema and one of the films that catapulted Ingmar Bergman to international acclaim. It is also a testimony to Berman’s artistic debt to Sjöström, the forefather of Swedish cinema.

19:30 | GROTE ZAAL | Film + Live music | 75 minutes
The Wind (Victor Sjöström, 1928, USA)
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Letty (Lillian Gish) moves to West Texas, where it seems that the wind always blows and the sand gets everywhere. While living with relatives, she finds that she is not welcomed. With nowhere to go, she marries a man who disgusts her, eventually driven to madness by the forces of nature and oppressive society.
The film is both a cinematically ripe work of art and a great story told in the simplest of ways. It is the last surviving silent picture by Sjöström, and also the last silent film of Lillian Gish, one of the greatest actresses of silent cinema.

Music by Edge Ensemble and Elisenda Pujals
The Edge Ensemble (Brendan Faegre, Oscar Jan Hoogland, Christof May, James Hewitt and Vasilis Stefanopoulos) joins forces with Catalan soprano singer Elisenda Pujals to perform Victor Sjöström’s masterpiece The Wind. 

The Edge Ensemble challenges the boundaries between notated and improvised music.  With a group of performers from diverse musical backgrounds including contemporary, classical, jazz, rock, and early music, they explore the new sonic territory where these traditions meet.  The group is based in The Hague, yet each of the five members come from a different country: USA, Germany, UK, Greece, and the Netherlands.  The ensemble is directed by composer/drummer Brendan Faegre, whose music is praised by the New York Times as “especially empowering” and “darkly exhilarating”.

Elisenda Pujals is equally fluent with improvised and notated music, and performs with leading ensembles in both contemporary and early music at renowned stages around Europe. While she’ll represent the leading female character in the film, the five men of the Edge Ensemble will represent the repressive men around her.  Yet the performance aims not only to mirror the film, but also to comment upon it, and subvert the film’s gender roles and clichés. 

22:00 | GROTE ZAAL | Film + Live music | 93 minutes
The Phantom Carriage (Victor Sjöström, 1921, Sweden)
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The last person to die on New Year’s Eve before the clock strikes twelve is doomed to take the reins of Death’s chariot and work tirelessly collecting fresh souls for the next year. So says the legend that drives The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen), directed by the father of Swedish cinema, Victor Sjöström. The story, based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf, concerns an alcoholic, abusive man (played by Sjöström himself) who is shown the error of his ways, and the pure-of-heart Salvation Army sister who believes in his redemption. This extraordinarily rich and innovative silent classic (which inspired Ingmar Bergman to make movies) is a Dickensian ghost story and a deeply moving morality tale, as well as a showcase for groundbreaking special effects.

Music by Anat Spiegel & Henry Vega
Vega (electronics) and Spiegel (voice) joint composition follows the dark tale of the film through a tapestry of textures corresponding to the film's rich cinematic language. Their sound images will move on the spectrum between noise and pure sine, between song and incantation, between ancient and futuristic musical gestures. New year's eve ghost will be resurrected by their machine- like call.

More information: http://soundsofsilencefestival.nl/http://soundsofsilencefestival.nl/