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Bertelsmann and UFA will present the UFA Film Nights in Berlin for the seventh time from August 22 to 25, 2017. This year, early masterpieces of cinema history as well as a contemporary box office hit from UFA – to mark the centenary of Germany’s leading film production company – will be screened in the open air against a spectacular backdrop and accompanied by live music.
The UFA Film Nights have become a cinematic-musical highlight of Berlin’s cultural summer with a dedicated stage orchestra and big screen erected for the occasion in the Kolonnadenhof on Museum Island, a World Cultural Heritage site. The international media company Bertelsmann and UFA thus continue their tradition of presenting silent movie classics in a historic architectural setting. As in previous years, more than 800 guests are expected to attend each evening.
Following a reception at Bertelsmann Unter den Linden 1, Berlin, the UFA Film Nights open on August 22nd with Georg Wilhelm Pabst's “Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney” (“The Love of Jeanne Ney”) an exciting melodrama set during the October Revolution. The premiere of the digitized and reconstructed movie will be accompanied by the WDR Radio Orchestra, conducted by Frank Strobel. The ZDF/ARTE film editorial department commissioned the reconstruction of the music. The opening night will be streamed live on www.arte.tv/ufa.
On Wednesday, August 23rd, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau's masterpiece “Der letzte Mann” (“The Last Laugh”) will be screened, starring the great Emil Jannings in one of his best-known and most powerful roles.
Deutsche Oper Berlin’s UFA Brass, conducted by Manfred Honetschläger, will play the musical accompaniment based on Honetschläger’s own new composition.
On Thursday evening, August 24th, Fritz Lang's “Metropolis,” a cinematic landmark of the twentieth century, is on the program. For U.S. DJ Jeff Mills, it is the first time that he will set the complete, restored version of “Metropolis” from 2010 to music, live on the mixing desk.
This year's UFA Film Nights will close on August 25th with “The Medicus” (“The Physician”) from 2013. Philipp Stölzl's movie adaptation of Noah Gordon's international bestseller will be screened for the first time with live music. The ambiance and dialog remain on the soundtrack, while the music will be played by the Neues Kammerorchester Potsdam.
Actress Maria Furtwängler introduces the first film, “Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney,” actor Tom Schilling introduces “Der letzte Mann,” Katharina Wackernagel “Metropolis,” and Franz Dinda, who appears in the movie, introduces “The Medicus.”
The Program at a Glance
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., screening starts at 9:00 p.m.
DIE LIEBE DER JEANNE NEY – THE LOVE OF JEANNE NEY (1927), Director: G.W. Pabst
With Édith Jéhanne, Brigitte Helm, Hertha von Walther, Uno Henning, Fritz Rasp and others
Premiere of the digitized and reconstructed version
Music: The WDR Radio Orchestra, directed by Frank Strobel, plays a reconstructed orchestral score, arranged by Bernd Thewes (commissioned by ZDF/ARTE)
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., screening starts at 9:00 p.m.
DER LETZTE MANN – THE LAST LAUGH (1924), Director: F.W. Murnau
With Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Georg John and others
Music: Deutsche Oper Berlin’s UFA Brass, directed by Manfred Honetschläger, plays an new composition by Manfred Honetschläger
Thursday, August 24th, 2017. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., screening starts at 9:00 p.m.
METROPOLIS (1925/26), Director: Fritz Lang
With Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Heinrich George, Fritz Rasp and others
Music: Jeff Mills with a new composition
Friday, August 25th, 2017, Doors open at 8:30 p.m., screening starts at 9:00 p.m.
UFA FILM NIGHTS EXTENDED
DER MEDICUS – THE PHYSICIAN (2013), Director: Philipp Stölzl
With Tom Payne, Stellan Skarsgård, Olivier Martinez, Emma Rigby, Elyas M’Barek and others
Music: Neues Kammerorchester Potsdam, directed by Ud Joffe, to music by Ingo Ludwig Frenzel in a revised orchestration by Bernd Wefelmeyer
The UFA Film Nights hosted by Bertelsmann und UFA are internationally popular as well. Much to the delight of cineastes, several UFA Film Nights have already been held in Brussels, Madrid, Paris and New York.
This year’s UFA Film Nights in Berlin are being held with the kind support of Deutsche Telekom, ARTE, the National Museums in Berlin (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation, Maz & Movie, and Gegenbauer Facility Management.
Yorck Kinogruppe, Stroer, radio eins, RBB Kulturradio, andMit Vergnügen are the event’s media partners.
Tickets are now available for 15 EUR including advance booking charge:
and all the usual ticket agencies.
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