Cinema Sunset presents: The Halfmoon Files

Programme correction:
There has been a change in the programme for the upcoming Cinema Sunset. The screening of Death in Venice will be postponed to the summer programme to be able to show Kathrin’s first choice: The Halfmoon Files. We are very pleased to have gained permission from Phillip Scheffner to play this striking and rare film. Death in Venice is available in the ADA library for those of you who can’t wait to see it. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

The Halfmoon Files (2007)

The Halfmoon Files with an introduction by Kathrin Maria Wolkowicz.
Release: 2007
Runtime: 87 mins

Director: Philip Scheffner

90 years after Mall Singh entered the British military camp in the city of Wunsdorf – his crackling words come back to life on an old shellac record kept in an archive. Amongst hundreds of voices of colonial soldiers of the First World War, his voice breaks into the present like that of a ghost. The recordings were produced in 1916 as the result of a unique alliance between the military, the scientific community and the entertainment industry. In his experimental search “The Halfmoon Files”, Phillip Scheffner follows the traces of these voices to the origin of their recording. Like a memory game – which remains incomplete right until the end – he uncovers pictures and sounds that revive the ghosts of the past. Sound functions as a tool or a guide for discovery. Making use of the silent film and the shellac record, Phillip Scheffner investigates the imaginative space between sound and image.

Practical Information:
Thursday 11 June | The Halfmoon Files
19:30 | studio 209 | Houtlaan 21 | Rotterdam

Please note: Due to the building it is important to come on time.

Cinema Sunset is open for suggestions. Do you want to share a remarkable film with us and give a short introduction on the film of your choice? Please contact Margo Onnes. (margo.onnes[at]gmail[dot]com)

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