In Mute Festival

12 - 13 October 2013
Upper Stage
This two-day festival seeks to highlight the powerful links between contemporary musical expression and the silent cinema.
18 € (per day)
Concs 10 € | Unemployed 5 €

In Mute is a two-day festival that draws parallels between silent era films and present-day approaches to sound and music. The program features concerts/screenings, discussions and workshops, where the mute but intensely expressive spaces of silent films will set the frame for a series of adventurous sonic explorations.

Australian composer, media artist and producer Lawrence English will present a new work commissioned by the OCC for the screening of Sergei Eisenstein’s Strike. Multimedia artist Thomas Köner, having scored music for numerous silent films for the Louvre Museum and the Musee d'Orsay, will collaborate with pianist Ivana Neimarevic on a performance of a soundtrack to Robert J. Flaherty’s documentary Nanook of the North. Silent Move, the greek duo (Vassilis Tzavaras and Yiannis Paxevanis) that partly owes its existence to silent horror films, will accompany Jean Epstein’s film The Fall of the House of Usher, which is based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe. A feedback-drenched performance by guitarist Michalis Moschoutis will provide the backdrop for the dramatic story of a woman who comes into the domain of the winds in Victor Sjöström’s The Wind.

In Mute, seeking to present an all-round approach to its theme, will also feature a discussion panel with the festivals' artists and the film directors Konstantinos Frangopoulos, Michalis Konstantatos and Giorgos Zois, set to explore the auditory nature of silent films; and a creative workshop for children that will draw further connections between past present and future (Sunday 13 October, 19:30-20:30).


Festival Curation: Michalis Moschoutis


Saturday 12 October

The Wind (1928)
Director: Victor Sjöström
Duration: 78'
Music: Michalis Moschoutis (guitar, laptop)

Nanook of the North (1922)
Director: Robert J. Flaherty
Duration: 79'
Music: Thomas Köner (laptop) & Ivana Neimarevic (piano)

Sunday 13 October

The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
Director: Jean Epstein
Duration: 66'
Music: Silent Move (Vassilis Tzavaras: piano, guitar & Yiannis Paxevanis: guitar, tapes)

Strike (1925)
Director: Sergei Eisenstein
Duration: 89'
Music: Lawrence English (laptop)

* We would like to thank the U.S. Embassy for providing free copyright for the film The Wind. Admission for this screening is for the live music performance.

13 Oct 2013

Upper Stage


Pre-performance talk with the musicians of ''In Mute Festival'' and Greek directors