ŻUBROFFKA audiences have become accustomed to spectacular inaugurations of the Festival. It will be the case this time as well: a German producer Christian Löffler is going to play live score for the avant-garde documentary “Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis” by Walther Ruttmann!
The artist who successfully combines “melancholy with euphoria”, will musically illustrate this experimental, poetic portrait of the metropolis, which promises a very interesting and innovative study of the city dynamics, motion and rhythm!
“Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis”
One of the most famous experimental documentaries in cinema history, unveiling one day in the German capital. Along with such works as “While Paris Sleeps” (1924), “The Bridge” (1928), “Man with a Movie Camera” (1929), is regarded one of the most illustrious examples of so-called “city symphonies”. Films of this genre, emerging independently in various parts of Europe and North America at the turn of the 1920s and 1930s, expressed fascination with industrial development and new urban lifestyle: abstract compositions of windows and walls, railroads, a kaleidoscope of crowds, animals at the zoo, mannequins and dolls in the shop windows. Speeding cars, trains, trams and planes. Work and loud parties…
The film in a novel way depicts the city and its inhabitants in 1927 – some takes were shot with a hidden camera. It is a story of one day in the German capital, divided into five acts, each of them representing a different part of the day. The rhythm of the film, just like the rhythm of urban activities, is getting faster and faster over time. Ruttmann’s avant-garde documentary is an outstanding portrait of the city-machine!
Located on the Darss peninsula, overlooking the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, there is a log cabin, nestled among the jungle-like overgrowth of surrounding birch and willow trees. The cabin is Christian Löffler’s atelier, where he locks himself up to work both on his visual art and music. In the centre of the room there is a huge oak table, splotched with multi-coloured oil paints, surrounded by canvases, cameras, tripods, tools, brushes. There’s a great view of the sea, and the wide patio windows allow the light to flood inside, casting shadows of the leaves and branches across the walls and onto the table. There’s a small fireplace which lets him work during the winter, so that he can continue his introspective creative process during the cold months too. The place is very basic: working, sleeping, cooking, all in one room; yet it is these modest and in some ways rudimentary parameters that allow Löffler to make sincere and honest music, concentrating just on the essentials.
The LP features the highly emotive sound that Löffler has become known for, using deep house as a stylistic framework to base his tracks with. Exploring spaces of emotional and physical loss, getting lost, as well as arriving, he blends wistful melodies, drum machines, and found sounds into a wandering, melancholic mélange.
ticket: 25 zł, available online: http://www.bilety.bok.bialystok.pl/