Silent film days in Tromsø

Amundsen film

Roald Amundsen’s Polar Expeditions, from http://www.tiff.no

Silent film days in Tromsø is part of the Tromsø International Film Festival, held in Tromsø, Norway, and takes place 6-9 September. The festival is to be held in the Verdensteatret cinema, originally built for the exhibition of silent films in 1916. The festival site is in English as well as Norwegian, and here’s the programme:

Thursday September 6th
08:00 pm Opening – LA PASSION DE JEANNE D’ARC. Music composed and performed by Matti Bye (SE)

Friday September 7th
03:00 pm Polarfilm; ROALD AMUNDSEN’S POLAR EXPEDITIONS. Music composed and performed by Ben Model (US)

06:00 pm MADAME DE THEBES. Music composed and performed by Matti Bye (SE)

09:00 pm A TRIP TO MARS. Music composed and performed by Gaute Barlindhaug (NO)

Saturday September 8th
12:00 pm SHORT FILM PROGRAM. Music composed and performed by Ben Model
02:00 pm FROSTY CELLULOID. Music composed and performed by Ben Model
06:00 pm EXPRESS 300 MILES. Music composed and performed by Günter Buchwald
09:00 pm THE 11th YEAR. Music composed and performed by Cleaning Women

Sunday September 9th
03:00 pm SHORT FILM PROGRAM. Music composed and performed by Ben Model
08:00 pm THE PEOPLE OF THE TUNDRA. Music composed and performed by Geir Lysne

Really interesting to see the Roald Amundsen films there. Many will know of Herbert Ponting’s famous films of Caption Scott’s doomed expedition to the South Pole; fewer know that Amundsen took along a camera as well and that the film survives – indeed, the festival programmes notes says that a complete original negative film from the expedition has been recently been discovered. Norwegian photographer Morten Skallerud is working on a digital restoration of the material, and will be talking about his work at the festival.

A TRIP TO MARS is the renowned Danish science fiction film HIMMELSKIBET (1918). More information from the festival website.

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