This year, for its 8th installment, the embassies of France, Italy, and USA join forces along with cultural organizations like the Goethe-Institut, Japan Foundation Manila, Instituto Cervantes and the Film Development Council of the Philippines to present movies from some of the godfathers of the medium, scored live by some of the country’s established and promising musicians, as well as international artists of renowned caliber.
Notable additions to the musical component this year include post-rock and ambient shamans Kaapin from Cebu, and the Maegan Aguilar-led blues heads Cherry Glass Breakers. Kalayo, although led by Spy and Pinikpikan veteran Sammy Asuncion, is a new iteration of the world music stalwarts.
This year’s silent film fest will be shown from August 28 to August 31, 2014 at the Cinecomplex of Shangri-La Plaza Mall. Below are the films and those who will be scoring them.
And here’s the sked of screenings:
U.S.A | SCORED BY The RADIOACTIVE SAGO PROJECT
DESTINY (DER MUDE TOD)
GERMANY | SCORED BY MANILA COMPOSERS LAB
RIDDLES OF MY HOMECOMING (Ang Tigmo sa Aking Pagpauli)
PHILIPPINES | SCORED BY KALAYO
The film that won Best Picture, Best Direction, and Best Editing at this year’s Gawad Urian Awards is about the Lumads of Mindanao, who believe that when a person dies his soul goes back to his homeland. Our hero Alfad’s journey to the afterlife also connects the puzzles of his previous life. Among them: being witness to a cult leader’s rise to power, a hermaphrodite shaman’s romance and tragedy and to a town’s hysteria over miracles. Sometimes the afterlife isn’t as quiet or as restful as our elders tell us
VERDUN: Visions of History (VERDUN VISIONS D’HISTOIRE)
FRANCE | SCORED BY Hakim Bentchouala-Golobitch
SPAIN | SCORED BY GLASS CHERRY BREAKERS
LOVE EVERLASTING (Ma l’amor mio non muore)
ITALY | SCORED BY CALIPH8
Duchy’s defenses. Doomed cities, ill-fated love, and the agony and ecstasy of such a predicament in grand and baroque Italian fashion.
A DIARY OF CHUJI’S TRAVELS (CHUJI TABI NIKKI)
JAPAN | SCORED BY KAAPIN
The three films by legendary Jap director Daisuke Ito focus on the travels of the kindly yakuza boss Kunisada Chūji and expounds on his life of crime, kindness, and ordinary decent criminality. This trilogy was once voted in a 1959 Kinema Junpo poll as the best Japanese film of all time. Enuff said.
The 8th International Silent Film Festival will be screened from August 28 to August 31, 2014 at the Cinecomplex of Shangri-La Plaza Mall. The festival is FREE for admission on a FIRST COME, FIRST-SEERVED basis.
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