1st Part: Monparnasse, Impressionen vom alten marseiller hafen, À Propos de Nice | 2nd Part: A Bronx Morning, Manhatta, Twenty-Four Dollar Island

6th Silent Film Festival with live musical accompaniment - Tribute: City Symphonies

  • Cinema
From Tuesday 16th to Friday 26th of June 2015
6th Silent Film Festival
 Tribute - CITY SYMPHONIES
with live musical accompaniment
Artistic Director: Alexandros Mouzas
in cooperation with STUDIO-Parallilo Kykloma, 
and its president, Christos Papadimitriou
at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation

FREE ENTRANCE
Booking is necessary



Tuesday, 23rd of June 2015, at 21:00

1st Part

Monparnasse (1929) (15)’
Direction: Eugene Deslaw

Impressionen vom alten marseiller Hafen 
(vieux port) (1929) (10.30’)
DirectionLazlo Moholy-Nagy 

À Propos de Nice (1930) (25’)
                    DirectionJean Vigo                      

2nd Part

A Bronx Morning (1931) (11’)  
DirectionJay Leyda

Manhatta (1921) (11’) 
DirectionCharles Sheeler, Paul Strand
with english subtitles

Twenty-Four Dollar Island (1927) (12’)
DirectionRobert Flaherty
with english subtitles


1st Part

Monparnasse (1929) (15)’
Direction: Eugene Deslaw

During these 15 minutes, we can see more sights of Montparnasse than many tourists would see in a day: elusive movement and quick editing. Specific themes like artistic nudes or architectonic motives become the basis of a collage of images that are quickly replaced by a different themed collage. 

Impressionen vom alten marseiller Hafen (vieux port) (1929) (10.30’)
DirectionLazlo Moholy-Nagy 

The movie "Impressionen vom alten marseiller Hafen," records the steady trade buzz of one of the biggest and most popular european port cities.

À Propos de Nice (1930) (25’)
Direction: Jean Vigo                      
Screenplay: Jean Vigo

This is the first movie by Jean Vigo that belongs to the French avant-garde. Though, it seems the life in Nice, the tourist resort of France in the Mediterranean Blue coast, to be presented, it is the point of view of the anarchist Jean Vigo that unexpectedly transforms the movie from a travel to a political - social documentary.

with live musical accompaniment

Music composition: Kostas Kosmas

Participating musicians (Banda del Sol):
Fragkiskos Kontorousis – Music Director
Katerina Antonopoulou – French horn
Nikos Gkoumas – Clarinette
Alexandros Theodorakopoulos – Baritone Saxophone
Vaggelis Vlachos – Trumpet
Dimitris Malakasis – Euphonium
Marinis Spyros – Bass Clarinette
Sophia Mantakidou – Alto Saxophone
Panagiotis Margiolis, Hermione Staraka – Percussion 
Lampis Mitsiaks – Trombone 
Giorgos Panousakis – Oboe
Vassilis Tzokas – Tenor Saxophone
Grigoris Felekidis – Tuba
Stella Chatzopoulou – Flute
Zinovia Fragkaki - Bassoon

Guest appearance:
Georgia Mpalampini – Soprano


Biographical notes

Kostas Kosmas. A composer of different kind of works of Classical and Contemporary Music. He has a degree in Composition and Music Technology. Various of his works have been performed in Greece and abroad. The last few years he cooperates with the MediaLab of ΑΝΤ1, the children choir "Manolis Kalomoiris" and the Symphonic Band “Banda del Sol” by giving works to record at the Studio of ΑΝΤ1. He has attended composure lessons with the use of Music Technology with Alexandros Mouzas as his teacher, as well as seminars by the Ionian University. He has been a conductor at the Philharmonics of Astros in Arcadia - Saint Kyrikos in Ikaria - Ptolemaida in Kozani - the Municipal Philarmonic of Thira (Santorini) as well as at the Music School of Pallini where he also works as a teacher. He has attended lessons in Vienna for the system of dictée with Nikos Polymenakos who teaches in the Music Academy in Vienna and has been for two years a special supervisor of the commitee of the Panhellenic Examinations at the lesson of acoustic musical proficiency verification. 


2nd Part

A Bronx Morning (1931) (11’)  
Direction: Jay Leyda

The movie records a Bronx street in New York City before it is crowded with traffic. We look in store windows, at fruit and vegetables on display, at a newsstand. We see shops and shoppers, carts and autos. Drying clothes hang on lines strung between buildings. Children look down from balconies, a woman leans out an open window...

Manhatta (1921) (11’) 
Direction: Charles Sheeler, Paul Strand
with english subtitles

Manhatta documents the look of early-20th-century Manhattan. With the city as subject, the film consists of 65 shots sequenced in a loose non-narrative structure, beginning with a ferry approaching Manhattan. The primary objective of the film is to explore the relationship between photography and film. It has been described as the first avant-garde film made in America.

Twenty-Four Dollar Island (1927) (12’)
Direction: Robert Flaherty
with english subtitles

In 1626, Dutch traders bought Manhattan for $24. Within 30 years, there were 1.000 residents, and 300 years later, there were 8 million. This film celebrates the muscle, size, and majesty of Manhattan.

with live musical accompaniment

Music Composition: Andreas Zafeiropoulos
Andreas Zafeiropoulos, piano

Biographical notes

Andreas Zafeiropoulos. He started his studies in Patra, he continued and completed his studies in the Athens Conservatory (piano and music composition) with a scholarship and two first prizes and later in Great Britain with a scholarship that was granted to him by the Athens Academy. He has cooperated with conductors like: Th. Antoniou, G. Shuller, N. Butterworth, S. Sonteckis etc. and with soloists like: Z. Brohn, N. Morosova, M. Pekarsky etc. As a pianist and a composer he has performed in Greek festivals and halls (Athens, Thessaloniki, Patra, ΜΜΑ, HAU, Symi, Patmos, Crete etc.) and abroad (USA, Great Britain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Cyprus, Israel, Netherlands etc.) while it is worth being mentioned that he deals mainly with the most modern and contemporary music creation by making tributes (cooperating with the ΜΜΑ, or with the Hellenic Group of Contemporary Music, or sometimes by himself) to Skalkotas, Mitropoulos, Kydoniatis, Antoniou, Chatzidakis, Attic, Spartakos, Klavvas, Dragatakis, Gkatsos, Margaritis, Nono, Stravinsky, Cage, Boulez, Ligeti, Bartok, Ives, Weil, Messian etc. He has also earned distinctions and awards in international competitions (Hannover 1997, Italy 2002) as well as in Greece (Athens 2000) and has received orders and assignments for his works in Greece and abroad. There are published studies and articles of his that have to do mainly with the Greek music creation during the interwar period as well as with fair copies of Greek composers. Another aspect of his interests is the theatre, as he has participated in more than 50 theatrical productions as a musician or a composer.

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For the 6th year running, the Silent Film Festival, which is being organized by the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, becomes a meeting point of the history of the 7th art with the present. In the cinema hall of the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, once again, Michael Cacoyannis’ love for the origins of the art he served with such passion and the artistic value of these silent masterpieces are met by hundreds of cinephile.

At this 6th Festival, from the 16th until the 26th of June 2015, the leading roles are taken by Cities and  Music! Entitled “CITY SYMPHONIES” and under the art direction of Alexandros Mouzas, the films take the audience to Berlin of 1927, Paris, New York and Tokyo accompanied and guided by musical compositions by 12 different artists.

This year, what’s more, a concert has been arranged with the Ergon Ensemble and the conductor, Miltos Logiadis, with the works of the following:
  • Hanns Eisler: “14 ways to describe Rain” which will accompany the screening of the film Regen (1931)
  • Giannis Kyriakidis (Piece request ERGON – 2013) which will accompany the screening of Erik Satie’s film Anémic Cinéma.
  • “Cinema: Entr’acte symphonique du ballet Relâche  pour le film de René Clair Entr’acte (in a new orchestration especially for the concert), which will accompany the screening of the film Etr’acte.
  • Alexandros Mouzas (piece request ERGON – 2013), which will accompany the screening of the film Un Chien Andalou.

And so we have it;  silent films from the 1920s and “CITY SYMPHONIES”, with 20 poetic and experimental films which are trying to capture the aura of each city in a rich and unique tribute.

In cooperation with the STUDIO – Parallilo Kykloma and Christos Papadimitriou.


Information
Tuesday 16th until Friday 26th of June 2015, daily at 21:00
6th Silent Film Festival
CITY SYMPHONIES
Accompanied by live music
Artistic Director: Alexandros Mouzas

The Michael Cacoyannis Foundation
Hall: Cinema
All of the screenings start at: 21:00
Free Entrance
Seats must be reserved: Tel: 210.34 18 579, Mon-Fri 11:00-14:00