UFA Film Nights

Silent Film Classics with Live Musical Accompaniment

Open Air in the Heart of Berlin

  Sunday, 25. June 2017

UFA Film Nights

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 of Museumsinsel (Museum Island), a World Cultural Heritage site. The international media company Bertelsmann and UFA, the leading German film production company, thus continue their tradition of presenting silent movie classics in an historic architectural setting: Outside the orangery in the park of Sanssouci Castle in 2011, on Schinkelplatz in Berlin-Mitte in 2012 and 2013, and since 2014 on Museum Island outside the Old National Gallery. This year, too, more than 800 guests are expected for on each of the three evenings.

The first evening, Wednesday August 24th, features a screening of Ernst Lubitsch’s “” Die Bergkatze” (The Wild Cat, 1921), with musical accompaniment provided by the group Trioglyzerin and the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s JazzCombo. This is followed on Thursday, August 25th by 1919’s “Unheimliche Geschichten” (Uncanny Stories). Richard Oswald’s horror movie in five episodes was based on European gothic fiction by authors including Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson. The music is performed by the band Northern Lights led by its frontman, actor Jonas Nay (“Deutschland ‘83”). This year's UFA Film Nights conclude with a screening of 1921’s “”Der müde Tod” (Destiny), an early masterpiece by “Metropolis” director Fritz Lang. The silent movie was digitally restored by the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation with Bertelsmann’s support, and celebrated the world premiere of its newly revamped incarnation at the Berlinale 2016. DJ Raphaël Marionneau compiled a new musical accompaniment for the movie.

Actress Caroline Peters (lead actor of the German TV series “Mord mit Aussicht”) will introduce the films on all three evenings.