Pure movie magic on Berlin’s Museum Island: Bertelsmann and UFA present the ninth UFA Film Nights from August 21 to 23, 2019. On three evenings, early masterpieces of cinema history will be screened in the open air, 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 on Museum Island, a World Cultural Heritage site. Each evening, close to 1,000 guests will get to enjoy select cinematic art from the Weimar period, with live musical accompaniment and in a unique, historic architectural setting.
Following a reception at Bertelsmann Unter den Linden 1, Berlin, the silent film festival begins on Wednesday, August 21, with Richard Oswald’s A CRAZY NIGHT (German: Eine tolle Nacht). The movie from 1926/27, long believed lost and rediscovered in the Gosfilmofond Russian state film archive, was digitally restored this year. It will now be screened for the first time in its revised version. Another premiere at the UFA Film Nights 2019 will be the new score by Frido ter Beek and the internationally renowned Dutch pianist Maud Nelissen, commissioned by ZDF/ARTE. It will be performed by The Sprockets, which already thrilled audiences with their music for The Apaches of Paris at the UFA Film Nights 2018. ARTE will broadcast the restored silent movie with the new score on August 26. The actor and film patron Uwe Ochsenknecht will introduce the silent movie comedy and its historical background.
Fritz Lang’s epochal and technically prescient masterpiece, and one of UFA’s best-known movies, WOMAN IN THE MOON (Frau im Mond), follows on Thursday. DJ legend Jeff Mills, who has revised his score for the film for the occasion, will perform the soundtrack. Mills also performed his soundtrack for METROPOLIS at the UFA Film Nights 2017. The movie will be introduced by the curator of the UFA Film Nights and film historian Friedemann Beyer.
On Friday evening – 100 years to the month after its premiere as the Berlin Zoopalast’s opening movie – Ernst Lubitsch’s revolutionary epic MADAME DUBARRY (retitled PASSION in the United States) is on the program. A new score composed by Ekkehard Wölk will be performed by the Ensemble Ancien Régime. Friedemann Beyer will introduce this movie as well.