UFA Film Nights

Silent Film Classics with Live Musical Accompaniment

Open Air in the Heart of Berlin

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From August 20 to 22, 2015, Germany's leading production company, UFA, will once again join with Bertelsmann, the international media, services and education corporation of which UFA is a subsidiary, to present the UFA Film Nights.

Against the stunning backdrop of the Kolonnadenhof and the Alte Nationalgalerie on Berlin's historical Museum Island, audiences will be invited to enjoy a highly unique cultural event that combines epoch-defining historical films drawn from the early years of cinema history with live musical accompaniment.

In their fifth year, the UFA Film Nights remain committed to presenting film lovers with gems of early 20th century cinema at historical and architecturally spectacular locations. In 2011, the event was held at the Orangerie in Sanssouci Palace Park, and in 2012 and 2013 it was held on Schinkelplatz in Mitte. In 2014, the UFA Film Nights moved to Museum Island in front of the Alte Nationalgalerie. 

On Thursday, August 20th, 2015, the first evening of this year's Film Nights, audiences will be treated to Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau's South Seas romance "Tabu" (1931). The young composer and conductor Florian C. Reithner will also present the world premiere of his music specially composed for this night with the help of the UFA Film Orchestra consisting of leading musicians handpicked for the event. The next film, "Her Dark Secret" (1928), will be shown on Friday, August 21st, 2015. This romantic comedy marks the first joint appearance of Lilian Harvey and Willy Fritsch, who would go on to become the dream team of German talkies. The film will be accompanied by the music of Neil Brand, one of the world's leading silent film pianists. German actor Tom Wlaschiha, star of "Game of Thrones," will introduce the film. The final film of this year's UFA Film Nights will be Lotte Reiniger's "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" (1926), an oriental fairy tale world made of delicate silhouettes and the first feature-length animation film in the history of cinema. This magical film will be accompanied by the Trioglyzerin ensemble using classical and oriental instruments.  

The UFA Film Nights celebrate members of German cinema's avant-garde active at UFA in the 1920s. The event also seeks to showcase the cinematic legacy of that era, which is unique in the world, by honoring illustrious directors, such as Fritz Lang, Joe May, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, Ernst Lubitsch, and visionary producers such as Erich Pommer. The works of cinematic art created in this golden age continue to influence cinema today regardless of major technological developments and current movie trends. Indeed, this era still emanates an inimitable aesthetic force. 

The UFA Film Nights are also designed to be a gesture of gratitude towards Berlin – a city that embodies the cultural and economic vitality of film and one that continues provide media professionals with outstanding conditions for production today.  

In addition to several events at the Bertelsmann "Repräsentanz" Building on Unter den Linden Boulevard, Bertelsmann – to which UFA has belonged for over 50 years – is a proud sponsor of the UFA Film Nights as part of its ongoing contribution to cultural life in Berlin-Mitte.