UFA Film Nights

Silent Film Classics with Live Musical Accompaniment

Open Air in the Heart of Berlin

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Bertelsmann and UFA present the UFA Film Nights in Berlin for the eighth time from August 22 to 24, 2018: on three evenings, early masterpieces of cinema history will be screened under the stars, 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 (Colonnade Courtyard) on Museum Island, a World Cultural Heritage site. Bertelsmann and UFA thus continue their tradition of presenting outstanding feats of cinematography in a historic architectural setting. This year, nearly 1,000 guests are expected for each of the evenings.

Following a reception at Bertelsmann Unter den Linden 1, Berlin, the UFA Film Nights open on Wednesday, August 22 with a world premiere. On show is Paul Czinner's THE FIDDLER OF FLORENCE, a romantic adventure about a young woman who disguises herself as a man and travels to Italy, where she models for a painter. The film, which was produced almost a hundred years ago by the then Ufa and until recently was only available in an abridged version, was digitally restored by the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation in recent months with financial support from Bertelsmann. A complete version will now be presented to the public, for the first time in all its newly restored splendor. At the world premiere, the I solisti di Francoforte ensemble will play a newly composed score by Uwe Dierksen, commissioned by ZDF/ARTE. ARTE will broadcast the restored silent film with new music on September 24, 2018.

This is followed on Thursday by Ernst Lubitsch's oriental fairy-tale SUMURUN starring the great Pola Negri in the title role of a seductive dancer who turns the heads of a sheikh and his son alike. The music for the film is played by the Ensemble Trioglyzerin using Western as well as oriental instruments.

On Friday evening, Nikolai Malikoff's APACHES OF PARIS is on the program, in which American puritans on a moralizing mission in the entertainment districts of Paris find themselves exposed to all kinds of temptations. The music is provided by the internationally renowned Dutch composer and pianist Maud Nelissen and her band The Sprockets, also with a new composition in the style of the 1920s.

All three films will once again be introduced by prominent film “patrons.”

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. 

UFA Filmnächte 2018

Details werden Ende Juni veröffentlicht.