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2009-07-30 20:00
2009-08-27 23:59

Thursdays from 30 July to 27 August 2009
8 pm
Shang Cineplex Cinema 1, Shangri-la Plaza, Mandaluyong City

The festival that brings together Philippine music with classic
international silent films is back! Set aside all your Thursday nights from
July 30 to August 27: this year’s festival features films from France,
Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain, to be scored live by the likes of Corporate
Lo-fi, Nyko Maca + Playground, Caliph8, Kalayo and Johnny Alegre Affinity.


July 30
JIROKICHI THE RAT (Oatsurae Jirokichi Koshi)
directed by Daisuke Ito, 1931
Music by Kalayo

The story was adapted by Ito from a novel written by Furukawa Eiji based on
the life of Nezumi Kozo (The Rat), a notorious burglar active during the
early 1800's (the end of the Edo Period). Nezumi Kozo won great fame for his
daring adventures stealing from the homes of wealthy people late at night.
Eventually he was captured and executed in 1835.

The film follows Jirokichi as he leaves Edo for Osaka to get away from the
police. Along the way he meets Osen, a young woman forced into prostitution
by her older brother. Although Osen falls for Jirokichi, his heart goes out
to Okino, a poor girl from a fallen samurai family. Jirokichi learns that it
was he himself who brought about the collapse of Okino's family when he
robbed a rich feudal lord back in Edo. Nikichi, Osen's older brother, has
got his own plans for Okino.

August 6
THE MECHANICAL MAN (L’uomo meccanico)
directed by Andre Deed, 1921
Music by Caliph8 with Kalila Agilos, Malek Lopez, Pasta Groove and Tad

A city is gripped in terror as a colossal robot runs rampant in an
unstoppable crime spree. The police are powerless in the face of the
frightening carnage and destruction, but the remotely controlled menace may
soon meet its match - a second mechanical man is sent to confront it in a
horrific showdown at the local opera house.

This ultra-rare, nearly forgotten silent horror epic from the dawn of
Italian cinema was long considered lost. Some reels of the Portuguese
release version were discovered in Brazil. The discovered film amounted to
740 meters which is believed to be approximately 40% of the complete film.
Though missing much of its original footage, this historic work is still a
striking and powerful piece of early fantasy film-making featuring one of
the few directorial efforts by André Deed, a protégé of Georges Melies, the
godfather of cinema magic.

August 13
PEOPLE ON SUNDAY (Menschen am Sonntag)
directed by Robert Siodmak, 1929/30
Music by Nyko Maca + Playground

A summer day in Berlin, 1929: With unpretentious humor this astonishing
first film by artists who were soon to become Berlin exiles deals with how
the working class spends its precious leisure time. Berlin is as empty as a
ghost town, everyone flees to the countryside, the train stations are
packed. Erwin, a taxi driver, meets up with a young traveling salesman and
his female companions, who are on their way to a nearby lake for a day of
swimming, snoozing, and flirting, leaving the cabbie’s wife to sleep away
her Sunday.

Billed as a 'film without actors', each of the on-screen participants
effectively played themselves and returned to their day jobs once production
had concluded. The film is the early collaboration of five young
Berlin-based filmmakers - Robert and Curt Siodmak, Billy Wilder, Edgar G
Ulmer, Eugen Schuefftan and Fred Zinneman - who would all go on to great
international success. Produced with little financial assistance, it made
film history as the avant garde precursor of poetic realism.

August 20
THE CURSED VILLAGE (La aldea maldita)
directed by Florián Rey, 1930
Music by Johnny Alegre AFFINITY

A story about poverty, honor and forgiveness in a small Castilian village,
during a time when women had no rights at all to live their own life without
the protection of men. It depicts a dramatic experience of the capabilities
of the human mind in a time that the concept of honour was completely
determined by the grade of submission of your wife.

Juan Castilla lives with his wife Acacia and their child, and with the boy’s
blind grandfather, Martin. Juan got imprisoned for quarrelling with the
local political tyrant and usurer, Lucas, during a crisis. Magdalena, the
neighbour, convinces Acacia to leave the impoverished town that seemed to
have a curse on it. Three years later, Juan finds his wife working in a pub.
He obliged her to return home and to serve the family until the death of the
sick grandfather Martin.

August 27
directed by Louis Feuillade, 1913
Music by Corporate Lo-fi

Feuillade presents to us the character of Fantomas through a series of
dramatic episodes: the robbery of the Royal palace Hotel, the successive
transformations of Fantomas, and the substitution of the actor Valgrand. The
masked hero is presented as a cruel being. We discover the mistress, Lady
Beltham, accomplice and victim of Fantomas, then the obsessive inspector
Juve introduced as her best enemy.

All the above screenings are at 8 pm at Cinema 1of Shang Cineplex,
Shangri-la Plaza. Tickets are P75.

The 3rd International Silent Film Festival is co-organized by the
Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes, Japan Foundation and the embassies of
France and Italy. The festival is held in partnership with Shangri-la
Plaza, YoCard, Embassy of Japan, Embassy of Spain, Gourmet/Piasi and
Alliance Francaise de Manille. For more information, please visit
www.spot.ph, the festival’s Official Media Partner.