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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 three different locations around the city, offers viewers a special showcase of silent films in history with accompanying side events centered around the theme of Dance. World-renowned musicians such as John Sweeney, Günter Buchwald, Frank Bockius, and Daniele Furlati will join in on these events with musical performances.

Here is a summary of some of the most anticipated festival films. 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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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Akbank Sanat’s 4th International Istanbul Silent Cinema Festival, taking place from December 14-17 at three different locations around the city, offers viewers a special showcase of silent films in history with accompanying side events centered around the theme of Dance. World-renowned musicians such as John Sweeney, Günter Buchwald, Frank Bockius, and Daniele Furlati will join in on these events with musical performances.

Here is a summary of some of the most anticipated festival films. 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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.