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Bertelsmann and UFA Present: The UFA Film Nights

The UFA Film Nights feature open-air screenings of milestones of German silent cinema in the historic center of Berlin, and the concept has proven extremely very popular. Since 2012, some 800 visitors have attended each of the three evening performances in August of each year to be surprised, thrilled and enchanted by these silent masterpieces.

UFA Film Nights 2012 on Schinkelplatz − the first film in Berlin's new open-air film series begins
Celluloid fireworks accompanied by real ones - 2016
Destiny - 2016
The Wild Cat - 2016
UFA Film Nights 2014 in the Kolonnadenhof courtyard on Museum Island
UFA Film Nights 2014 in the Kolonnadenhof courtyard on Museum Island
UFA Film Nights 2014 in the Kolonnadenhof courtyard on Museum Island
UFA Film Nights 2014 in the Kolonnadenhof courtyard on Museum Island
UFA Film Nights 2014 in the Kolonnadenhof courtyard on Museum Island
Thomas Rabe, Wolf Bauer and Armin Rohde, patrons of the UFA Film Nights 2014
UFA Film Nights 2012 on Schinkelplatz
UFA Film Nights 2012 on Schinkelplatz
UFA Film Nights 2012 on Schinkelplatz
UFA Film Nights patron Joachim Król, 2013
UFA Film Nights 2013 on Schinkelplatz
UFA Film Nights 2013 on Schinkelplatz
UFA Film Nights 2013, The Film Orchestra Babelsberg

Of course, the screenings are anything but silent. Each is accompanied by a musical performance that is worth an event in its own right. Whether a magnificent performance of the original film score by the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg, a completely new, fantastic soundtrack composed by the group Trioglyzerin, live improvised accompaniment on the piano by Neil Brand, or a set of modern electronic music assembled by a DJ: the interplay of music and film is always an intriguing experience.

As well as iconic classics of cinema history, such as the Expressionist masterpiece “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (in the lavishly, digitally restored version produced with Bertelsmann’s sponsorship in 2014), audiences are thrilled and moved by films with a direct relationship with Berlin such as “Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis” or “People on Sunday.” The film settings themselves are often just round the corner from what is possibly the city’s most beautiful temporary open-air cinema in the city.

After all, the setting is what gives these extraordinary evenings the finishing touch: the Film Nights take place in the heart of Berlin and the interaction between the film, the music and the historical backdrop makes a visit to the UFA Film Nights a truly memorable experience.

Films presented to date

August 26, 2016:
Der müde Tod - Destiny (1921)
Director: Fritz Lang
Accompaniment: DJ Raphael Marionneau

August 25, 2016:
Unheimliche Geschichten - Uncanny Stories (1919)
Director: Richard Oswald
Accompaniment: Northern Lights

August 24, 2016:
Die Bergkatze - The Wild Cat (1921)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Accompaniment: Trioglyzerin and JazzCombo (Deutsche Oper Berlin)

August 22, 2015
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
Director: Lotte Reiniger
Accompaniment: Trioglycerin

August 21, 2015
Her Dark Secret (1928)
Director: Johannes Guter
Accompaniment: Neil Brand

August 20, 2015
Tabu (1931)
Director: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Accompaniment: Florian C. Reithner with the UFA Film Orchestra

August 23, 2014
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919/20)
Director: Robert Wiene
Accompaniment: Soloist Ensemble from the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg

August 22, 2014
Faust (1925/26)
Director: Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
Accompaniment: Stephen Horne and Kristoff Becker

August 21, 2014
The Golem: How He Came Into the World (1920)
Director: Paul Wegener, Carl Boese
Accompaniment: The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg

August 17, 2013
Secrets of the Orient (1929)
Director: Alexander Volkoff
Accompaniment: Trioglyzerin

August 16, 2013
People on Sunday (1930)
Directors: Robert Siodmak, Edgar Ulmer
Screenplay: Billie Wilder (sic!)
Accompaniment: DJ Raphael Marionneau

August 17, 2013
The Nibelungen – Part 1: Siegfried (1924)
Director: Fritz Lang
Accompaniment: The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg

August 18, 2012
Spies (1927)
Director: Fritz Lang
Accompaniment: Neil Brand, grand piano

August 17, 2012
Asphalt (1928)
Director: Joe May
Accompaniment: Trioglyzerin

August 16, 2012
Double Feature:
Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis (1920)
Director: Walther Ruttmann
and
Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis (2001/2002)
Director: Thomas Schadt
Accompaniment: The New Chamber Orchestra Potsdam