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9th International Silent Film Festival begins August 27

Come and experience international silent films with live music accompaniment!

The 9th International Silent Film Festival will run at the Shang Cineplex from August 27 – 30, 2015. Admission is free on a first come first served basis.

The festival is brought to you by the Goethe Institut Manila, Instituto Cervantes, the Japan Foundation, the Italian Embassy and the Philippine-Italian Association, and the Embassies of Austria, France, Thailand, and the United States of America, in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

This year the festival will be featuring 9 films from 9 countries, including Austria, the Philippines, Japan, Thailand, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, and the USA.


The schedule of the films is as follows:




Runtime: 105 minutes

Paul Orlac a world famous pianist whose hands are the tools of his trade and his wife’s favorite part of his body, are mangled in a horrific train accident. His wife pleads with a surgeon to try and save Orlac’s hands. Eventually the surgeon transplants the hands of a recently executed murderer. After his recovery Orlac discover that there is something seriously wrong with his new hands. It seems they have a will of their own. Orlac does not know that the hands actually belonged to a dangerous murderer…

Music is to be performed by The Executives. Current members of the band are led by Fancis Manglapus (guitar, drums), Hector Sanvictores (tenor saxophone), his son Julius Sanvictores (drums), Butch Silvero (trumpet), Jing de Guzman (guitar, synthesizer, percussion), Martin Macalintal (keyboards), Mike Tan (baritone saxophone), Ricky Quiogue (vocals), Butch Roxas (guitar), and Marie Puyat (vocals). Their music is mostly big band jazz and swing standards, with a growing selection of hits from the 1960s up to the present.




Runtime: 47 minutes

Drawn by their forbidden passions, a beautiful Mohammedan princess and her lover, a pagan pearl diver, defy religious and moral laws and flee her arranged marriage to another. The rule of a primitive Philippine island has promised his daughter Benita’s hand to a nearby noble chief. As the town prepre for Benita’s planned betrothal, Asan sneaks into the royal compound and steals away with his beloved. Vowing to make the infidel pay with his life, the inflamed tribesmen launch a furious pursuit to recapture their princess. Beautifully filmed on location, using local Moro tribesmen, this forgotten 1934 film provides a rare glimpse into a lost culture.

Music is to be performed by the band KJWAN. Their material draws from 90s rock and infuses it with a modern attitude to make it very much of-the-moment. It’s a sound that draws inspiration equally from creative tension and the shared brotherhood that bonds the members.



“KOKUSHI MUSO (Peerless Patriot)” (1932)

Runtime: 21 minutes

The film tells the story of Ise Isenokami, a master swordsman, and his impostor. It revealed that the pretender is actually stronger than the real swordsman. After his first defeat, Isenokami trains himself and tries to beat the fake. When he loses again, he mumbles, “He who is right lost again he who is not right.” The imposter replies, “It is not the right who wins. He who wins is right.”


“WASEI KENKA TOMODACHI (Fighting Friends – Japanese style)” (1929)

Runtime 14 minutes

Tomekichi and his friend Yoshizo get acquainted with Omitsu, a homeless girl. The two pals love her, but she loves another, Okamura. One day Tomekichi and Yoshizo see Okamura walking with a geisha, and mistakenly assume that she is Okamura’s lover. Getting angry, they prohibit Omitsu from going around with him. In fact, however, the geisha turns out to be Okamura’s sister. Okamira marries Omitsu.


“TOKKAN KOZO (A Straightforward Boy)” (1929)

Runtime: 14 minutes

Some children are playing hide and seek. Bunkichi kidnaps a boy Tetsubo with an appetite for sweets. Useable to keep him under control, the kidnapper returns him to his boss, who refuses to take him back. He tries to dump him on his playmates, but he incites them to demand toys and other goodies from him.


“ISHIKAWA GOEMON NO HOJI (A Buddhist Mass for Goemon Ishikawa)” (1930)

Runtime: 21 minutes

Goro Ishikawa, a descendant of Goemon Ishikawa, a legendary robber of the Edo period, brings a cauldron to an antique shop. Goro wants to marry Sayoko, the shop-owner’s daughter. Refused by her father, Goro decides to elope with Sayoko. At night, Sayoko’s father beats him to death. As a ghost Goro is so timid that he cannot get Sayoko. His timidity disposed Goemon, Goro’s famous ancestor, to revive from the grave, persuade Syoko’s father and make the couple marry.


Music is to be performed by HIDDEN NIKKI. They are an indie-jazz-pop quartet based in Manila. The band is influenced by timeless jazz tunes welding it into their catchy indie-pop compositions making the unfamiliar, familiar.




Runtime: 104 minutes

Starting out in Siam in the 1940s, the story was based on the life of the palace musician, Laung Pradith Phairao or Sorn Silapabanleng, master of Ranad-Ek (Thai traditional wooden xylophone). Sorn, a leading actor plays a role of Laung Pradith Phairao, who came from a musician family and has shown a talent for the instrument since an early age. Sorn kept on developing his skills even if he had been banned from doing so by his father. But after the death of his elder brother, a talented Thai classical musician, Sorn is trained to replace his brother with the supervision of his father, a famous master on the Thai musical instrument.

 Music is to be performed by the ROYAL THAI NAVY TRADITIONAL ENSEMBLE. Established in 1953, they are one of the units in the Music Division of the Royal Thai Navy. The band is often assigned to take a part in the Royal Ceremony, State Ceremony, and Religious Ceremonies of the country, as well as be broadcasted live on Thailand radio.



“BERLIN DIE SINFONIE DER GROßSTADT (Berlin, Symphony of a Great City)” (1927)

Runtime: 65 minutes

The symphonic documentary describes one typical day in 1920’s Berlin – a day full of life and energy. But most of all it’s an homage to the metropolis of Berlin, the pulse of modern life and the city as a social organism.

The film is one of the most famous silent classics directed by Walther Ruttmann. Because of his unique experiments with forms, colors, and rhythm, he is considered a pioneer of modern multimedia art.

Music is performed by the BIG JAZZ BALLOON with Pierre Oser and Jaimar Palispis. German composer, musician and conductor Oser is returning to the Silent Film Festival in Manila for the third time this 2015, but to a whole new combo: This year he’ll be collaborating with musician and composer Jaimar Palispis and his band Big Jazz Balloon.



“PARIS QUI DORT (Paris sleeping)” (1924)

Runtime: 35 mintues

A crazy scientist immobilizes Paris with a mysterious beam. Pairs is hypnotized. Paris sleeps. The only people awake are the passengers of an airplane, their pilo, and the guardian of the Eiffel Tower. They take over the capital.

Music is to be performed by the IAN LOFAMIA BAND. They are a dedicated and experienced blues harmonica based band for more than four years, and have played for amateurs and professional artists from underground to mainstream music scenes.



“GLI ULTIMI GIORNI DI POMPEI (The Last Days of Pompei)” (1924)

Runtime: 88 minutes

Well respected Pompeiian Glaucus performs an act of kindness by buying Nidia, a blind slave being mistreated by her owner. Nidia fall in love with her new master, but he only has eyes for Jone. Jone in turn is lusted after by Arbace, an Egyptian high priest of Isis. When Nidia beseeches Isis for help in capturing Glaucus’ heart, Arbace gives her a “love” potion, which really will affect his mind and not his heart, thus opening the way to Jone for himself. When Arbace’s disciple is murdered Glaucus finds himself in hot water, shortly after which Mt. Vesuvius erupts.

Music is to be performed by THE DAWN. The Dawn is the longest running – and certainly, the quintessential – Filipino rock band. Founded in the halcyon post-Marcos days when rock returned to claim its rightful place as a form of expression, The Dawn forged ahead to make its indelible mark on the Philippine musical landscape.



“Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” (1927)

Runtime: 95 minutes

A 1927 American silent film directed by German film director, F.W. Murnau, the story was adapted by Carl Mayer from the short story “Die Reise nach Tilsit (A Trip to Tilsit)” by Hermann Sudermann.

Bored with his wife, their baby and the dull routine of farm life, a farmer falls under the spell of a city girl who convinces him to drown his so they can escape together. When his wife becomes suspicious of his plan and runs away to the city, the farmer pursues her, slowly regaining her trust as the two rediscover their love for each other.

Music is to be performed by RAZORBACK. Being one of the Philippine’s longest running 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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