UFA Film Nights

Silent Film Classics with Live Musical Accompaniment

And – as extended Version – THE PHYSICIAN

Open Air in the Heart of Berlin

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Bertelsmann and UFA 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 on four evenings, 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. As in previous years, more than 800 guests are expected on each of the evenings.

The UFA Film Nights open on Tuesday, August 22 – following a reception at Bertelsmann Unter den Linden 1, Berlin – 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 23, 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 24, 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 end on August 25 with “Der 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 “Der Medicus.”