7th Silent Film Fest Schedule
KEISATSUKAN (A POLICE OFFICER)- Japan
August 23, 2013-Friday
Accompanied by PULSO
Japan Foundation: 811-6155 to 58
At a roadblock, a young police officer Itami, meets his old high school friend Tetsuo, as he makes his way back into Tokyo after a day’s golf. As they rekindle their friendship, Itami finds it odd that Tetsuo is so reluctant to talk about his personal life. One night, Sergeant Miyabe, Itami’s mentor, is seriously wounded in a bank heist. The thieves flee into the night, but one of them is injured and leaves his fingerprints on Miyabe’s sword. One of the criminals is arrested, but remains silent until he commits suicide in prison. Miyabe breathes his last. Itami finds out the fingerprints on Tetsuo’s cigarette lighter matches those on Miyabe’s sword. After the night assault on the criminals’ hideout, Tetsuo succumbed to Itami’s strong sense of mission as a police officer.
Director: Tomu Uchida Scenario: Eizo Yamauchi Photography: Soichi Aisaka Art Direction: Hiroshi Mizutani Running Time: 121 minutes
Based on a play by Toshihiko Takeda
Production: Shinko Kinema Actors: Isamu Kosugi (Itami, a policeman) Eiji Nakano (Tetsuo Tomioka) Taisuke Matsumoto (Miyabe, a policeman) Shizuko Mori (Tazuko)
Source: National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
PULSO is a three-piece instrumental band comprised of Robby M on guitar, Matt W on bass & Franco M on drums. Their sound is a unique infusion of rock & blues w/ a tinge of ambient & electronic music. The melodic guitar lines complemented by the rhythm of the bass & supported by the groove of the drums all make for a genre that is all their own. A number of people have said that their music is like a soundtrack to a movie. A fitting description, because they create songs that tell stories without the need for lyrics. Their intricate & upbeat instrumentals speak to the soul & tug at the heartstrings of any audience, giving them a personal & emotional connection to their music. It transcends genres, language, age, gender, race and relates/translates to everyone. Their music takes you on a journey & just as with life, whatever happens, enjoy it.
LA GRAZIA (The Grace)- Italy
August 24, 2013-Saturday
Accompanied by SINOSIKAT
Embassy of Italy: 815-1310
One of the best films produced in Italy in the late twenties, La Grazia is based on the short story Di notte ( At night ) written in 1894 by Nobel Prize for Literature Grazia Deledda. The movie is also an adaptation from the libretto of an opera written by Deledda with Claudio Guastalla and Vincenzo Michetti and performed in Rome in 1923. Directed by Aldo De Benedetti, and recently restored, it is about a dramatic love story that takes place in a small village in the heart of Sardinia, Grazia Deledda’s homeland, where the ancient traditions and the strict honor code of the shepherds meet with the unpredictable laws of passion and love.
A handsome stranger (Giorgio Bianchi) comes to a mountain village in Sardinia to inspect lands he has inherited, and promises to marry a beautiful shepherdess (Carmen Boni), who he has fallen in love with. The shepherdess gives birth to a child and is forced to tell the male members of her family, who set out to exact their revenge. Will the harsh laws of vengeance triumph or will the family be reunited around the baby?
In an industry where one’s success depends on whom you sound like, Sino Sikat breaks musical stereotypes with their own concoction of home grown music inspired by sincerity, purity & honesty through music.
Their music is an orgy of jazz, soul, funk, rock, & sexy groovy beats matched with unparalleled skill. They are driven and intense in their craft, which shows in their live performances and they are influenced by the past and inspired by the future. Sinosikat will Rock your Soul!
ICH MÖCHTE KEIN MANN SEIN (I Don’t Want to Be a Man)-Germany
August 24, 2013
Accompanied by PIERRE OSER AND MANILA COMPOSER’S LAB
Ossi, a spoiled teenager, lives in Berlin with her rich uncle and enjoys life to the fullest. She likes playing poker, smoking and flirting with young men. When Ossi’s uncle leaves for a business trip, he hires a tutor to supervise her. She escapes her strict tutor by dressing up as a man and plunges into the nightlife. Incidentally, she bumps directly into her supervisor, but he fails to recognize her and they drink to brotherhood, “man to man”. This leads to all kinds of complications…
PIERRE OSER lives and works as a composer, musician and conductor in Munich. Jazz School Munich, classical piano study in Mainz and Munich.Concert exam at the Richard Strauss Conservatoire Munich. Film music compositions and productions on behalf of different European TV organizations and producers, as well as world-wide live performances of silent movie concerts for international festivals and concert halls.
THE MANILA COMPOSERS’ LAB, founded by Professor Jonas Baes in 2009, is an organization of young composers, performers and other enthusiasts dedicated to the development of New Music in Southeast Asia. It aims to reach out and create a network of young composers through its annual workshops and activities. They are based at the University of the Philippines and work in partnership with organizations whose trajectories include the cultivation of New Music praxis unique to Southeast Asia.
Executive Director: Alexander John Villanueva
International Liaison: Anna Patricia Rodriguez
Finance: Ara Jeannelle Foronda
Council: Dominic Quejada, Juro Kim Feliz, Feliz Anne Macahis, Alexander John Villanueva, Marie LuiseCalvero, Anna Patricia Rodriguez, AraJeannelleForonda, Gabriel Molina, Nikka Mae Lopez, Sara Matsuura, Reis Luke Aquino, Patricia Erika Poblador, Enrico Tuazon, DaniloImson Composers: Jonas Baes and Pierre Oser
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA- United States
August 25, 2013
Accompanied by RAZORBACK
Embassy of the United States of America: 301-2597
T he Paris Opera House is home to the National Opera, but many
mysterious events start occurring when the new managers do not leave payments the alleged “O.G.”(Opera Ghost). Christine Daae, a backup singer takes lead of an opera, after the well known Carlotta is unable to perform due to the demands of the Opera Ghost. Christine is then kidnapped by the love struck Opera Ghost, and Raoul (her fiancé) must search for her in the depths of the Paris Opera House undergrounds.
RAZORBACK is one of the Philippine’s longest running and most bad-ass Rock and Roll bands. The Wild Boars of Pinoy Rock, as they are fondly known, have been rocking the country’s seediest basement clubs to the biggest stadiums since 1990. Razorback has been there and done it… with style, baby!
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EL ABUELO (The Grandfather)-Spain
August 25, 2013
Accompanied by EARTHMOVER
Instituto Cervantes: 526-1482 loc 106
When the son of the Count of Albrit dies, the aging noble man encounters a letter and finds out that one of his beloved granddaughters is illegitimate—the result of a dissolute life of his daughter-in-law. From then on, Don Rodrigo resolves to haveonly one aim—to find out which one of his two granddaughters is the real descendent of Albrit.“El Abuelo” was an adaptation of a novel of reputed Spanish writer, Benito Pérez Galdós.
Script: José Buchs (based on the novel El abuelo of Benito Pérez Galdós) Director of Photography: Armando Pou. Cast: Modesto Rivas, Doris Wilton, Celia Escudero, Arturo de la Riva, María Comendador, Ana de Leyva, Alejandro Navarro
EARTHMOVER is composed of Dru Ubaldo (percussions and samples), Daniel Garcia (guitars) and Gerald Guerrero (bass). Earthmover tells a story with each element of their sound: a drowning tempo swivel, dramatic and clever rifts, brilliant percussion play, intoxicating bass lines. The sound is an entangling atmosphere that echo tales of flight and a collective passion for instrumentalism and past rock. Hailing from Quezon City and coming from a decade of actively playing in bands such as Kneel on Nails, Sound, Lampara and Sikatuna, the members cracked the surface with the debut release, “First Sighting” in March, 2012.
KAMERA OBSKURA- Philippines
August 25, 2013
Accompanied by SPY
Film Development Council of the Philippines/Pelikulared: 817-0978
Kamera Obskura” is about a group of film historians finding a rare Filipino silent film of mysterious unknown origins. Even the director and producers are unknown. What makes this find even more extraordinary is the fact that the film seems to bear highly unusual influences from expressionist cinema of the era, something unfamiliar in Filipino cinema history. “Kamera Obskura” is a film within a film, and it challenges the viewers to travel back in time and re-imagine the lost silent cinema heritage in the Philippines.
Super group SPY has a distinct musical blend of influences: Rock, Blues, Funk, Jazz, Reggae and Afro- beat. With Sammy Asuncion on guitars and vocals, Louie Talan on bass and Reli de Vera on drums. Experience Pinoy Blues at its finest!