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14 December
12 December
1:00pm

4th International Istanbul Silent Film Festival

@Akbank Sanat
2017-12-14 13:00:00 2017-12-17 14:00:00 Europe/Istanbul 4th International Istanbul Silent Film Festival

Akbank Sanat’s 4th International Istanbul Silent Cinema Festival, taking place from December 14-17 at various locations around the city, offers viewers a special showcase of important films in history with accompanying side events centered around the theme of Dance. The inspiration for this year's edition comes to Loie Fuller, an American dancer whose spellbinding performances with creative use of color, as well as her invention of the "Serpentine Dance," enthralled many. This year, world-renowned musicians such as John Sweeney, Günter Buchwald, Frank Bockius, and Daniele Furlati will join in on these events with musical performances, accompanying the silent films with diverse musical accompaniment that add live sound to the silent screen. 

Here is a summary of some of the most anticipated festival films, which will be taking place at Akbank Sanat, the French Cultural Center, and bomontiada.

Film Highlights

Die Weber, directed by Frederick Zelnik, is a faithful adaptation of Gerhart Hauptmann’s theater play about textile workers’ protests in mid-19th century Germany. Intertitles are in German, subtitles are in Turkish. This film will be shown on December 14 at 1pm at Akbank Sanat.

Dance Film Compilation brings together films from 1894 to 1926, showing early recordings of the serpentine (or butterfly) dance invented by Loie Fuller as well as documentary examples of tango, ballet, and various folk dances as well. This program will contain one of the earliest sound recordings, Dickson Experimental Sound Film from 1897, to accompany the dance movements. This film will be shown on December 14 at 4pm at Akbank Sanat. 

Bestia: Polish Dancer, directed by Alexander Hertz, is a slightly re-edited and restored version of the original film by Filmoteka Narodowa. The story is about a peasant girl, Pola, who abandons her old life to pursue a new one full of extravagance, only to find her past desperately trying to catch up to her present. Intertitles are in English, subtitles are in Turkish. This film will be shown on December 15 at 4pm at Akbank Sanat.

Phono-Cinéma-Théâtre, directed by Clément Maurice, which was first exhibited in the 1900 World Fair in Paris, includes over thirty films with scenes, some with sound via wax cylinder recordings, from some of the most popular theater and opera works of the period. This French film is subtitled in Turkish. This film will be shown on December 15 at 7pm at the French Cultural Center. 

Views from the Ottoman Empire contains short films, images, and a staged documentary of various events during this historical time, such as the occupation of Edirne in 1913 and Serbian King Peter’s visit to Istanbul in 1910. This film will be shown on December 16 at 3pm at Akbank Sanat. 

Letters from Baghdad, directed by Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl, is about the story of Gertrude Bell, a British explorer who spent many years in the Middle Easter after WWI. This film showcases moments from Bell’s life with a voiceover of her personal diary entries, letters, and confidential communications. This film is in Arabic and English and subtitled in Turkish. This film will be shown on December 16 at 7:30pm.

For a full program itinerary, visit the website. Viewers can buy tickets on Biletix or at the venue, the prices of which are 18TL for adults and 12TL for students. 

Special Events

A special workshop entitled "Silent Cinema, Color, Movement, and Meditation" will utilize the viewing of travellogues from different parts of the world to explore "embodied spectatorship." Participants will be able to see the ways in which they can become more in tune with a film when viewed with a meditative mentality. Ekin Özel will accompany the participants with various musical instruments and meditations. The ticket sales from the workshop, which are 25TL for adults and 20TL for students, will be donated to the construction of the central building of Meditation School in Cappadocia. This workshop will be held on December 15 at 7pm at Akbank Sanat.

For the first time, the 4th International Istanbul Silent Film Festival has collaborated with A Corner of the World x Bomontiada Alt to present a special screening of silent dance. Loie Fuller's Serpentine Dance and René Clair's Entr'acte are two examples of silent dance that will be screened. All movies during this event, which will take place at Bomontiada at 10pm, will be accompanied by a live music performance by Özün Usta.

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Akbank Sanat’s 4th International Istanbul Silent Cinema Festival, taking place from December 14-17 at various locations around the city, offers viewers a special showcase of important films in history with accompanying side events centered around the theme of Dance. The inspiration for this year's edition comes to Loie Fuller, an American dancer whose spellbinding performances with creative use of color, as well as her invention of the "Serpentine Dance," enthralled many. This year, world-renowned musicians such as John Sweeney, Günter Buchwald, Frank Bockius, and Daniele Furlati will join in on these events with musical performances, accompanying the silent films with diverse musical accompaniment that add live sound to the silent screen. 

Here is a summary of some of the most anticipated festival films, which will be taking place at Akbank Sanat, the French Cultural Center, and bomontiada.

Film Highlights

Die Weber, directed by Frederick Zelnik, is a faithful adaptation of Gerhart Hauptmann’s theater play about textile workers’ protests in mid-19th century Germany. Intertitles are in German, subtitles are in Turkish. This film will be shown on December 14 at 1pm at Akbank Sanat.

Dance Film Compilation brings together films from 1894 to 1926, showing early recordings of the serpentine (or butterfly) dance invented by Loie Fuller as well as documentary examples of tango, ballet, and various folk dances as well. This program will contain one of the earliest sound recordings, Dickson Experimental Sound Film from 1897, to accompany the dance movements. This film will be shown on December 14 at 4pm at Akbank Sanat. 

Bestia: Polish Dancer, directed by Alexander Hertz, is a slightly re-edited and restored version of the original film by Filmoteka Narodowa. The story is about a peasant girl, Pola, who abandons her old life to pursue a new one full of extravagance, only to find her past desperately trying to catch up to her present. Intertitles are in English, subtitles are in Turkish. This film will be shown on December 15 at 4pm at Akbank Sanat.

Phono-Cinéma-Théâtre, directed by Clément Maurice, which was first exhibited in the 1900 World Fair in Paris, includes over thirty films with scenes, some with sound via wax cylinder recordings, from some of the most popular theater and opera works of the period. This French film is subtitled in Turkish. This film will be shown on December 15 at 7pm at the French Cultural Center. 

Views from the Ottoman Empire contains short films, images, and a staged documentary of various events during this historical time, such as the occupation of Edirne in 1913 and Serbian King Peter’s visit to Istanbul in 1910. This film will be shown on December 16 at 3pm at Akbank Sanat. 

Letters from Baghdad, directed by Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl, is about the story of Gertrude Bell, a British explorer who spent many years in the Middle Easter after WWI. This film showcases moments from Bell’s life with a voiceover of her personal diary entries, letters, and confidential communications. This film is in Arabic and English and subtitled in Turkish. This film will be shown on December 16 at 7:30pm.

For a full program itinerary, visit the website. Viewers can buy tickets on Biletix or at the venue, the prices of which are 18TL for adults and 12TL for students. 

Special Events

A special workshop entitled "Silent Cinema, Color, Movement, and Meditation" will utilize the viewing of travellogues from different parts of the world to explore "embodied spectatorship." Participants will be able to see the ways in which they can become more in tune with a film when viewed with a meditative mentality. Ekin Özel will accompany the participants with various musical instruments and meditations. The ticket sales from the workshop, which are 25TL for adults and 20TL for students, will be donated to the construction of the central building of Meditation School in Cappadocia. This workshop will be held on December 15 at 7pm at Akbank Sanat.

For the first time, the 4th International Istanbul Silent Film Festival has collaborated with A Corner of the World x Bomontiada Alt to present a special screening of silent dance. Loie Fuller's Serpentine Dance and René Clair's Entr'acte are two examples of silent dance that will be screened. All movies during this event, which will take place at Bomontiada at 10pm, will be accompanied by a live music performance by Özün Usta.