Yesterday the annual Silent Film Festival began, organised by Krakow‘s Kino Pod Baranami. Now in its 11th edition, each year the festival has revolved around a particular theme, and this year’s is women – both in front of and behind the camera.
The grand leading ladies of the silent film era are all represented: Pola Negri, Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish and Louise Brooks, amongst others. On the other side, a collection of experimental films by Maya Deren, the “mother of American avant-garde”, will be shown, as well as films by Germaine Dulac and animator Lotte Reiniger.
The silent films are accompanied by a live score, featuring such artists as Polish experimental musician Jacaszek, as well as several well-known names of the jazz scene.
While all of the musical events are ticketed, there is one free showing at Pod Baranami cinema on Sunday. Life is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri, the American biopic of the famous Polish silent film star, will be shown for free at 2:30 pm.
More information available here.
See also: Pola Negri: Queen of the Vamps