Tune In!
Music and Cinema: Central European Films

November 12 - December 4, 2016

Pera Film’s Tune In! Music and Cinema: Central European Films program explores the multifarious presence of music in the cinema of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Music is undisputedly one of the most engaging common grounds for different generations and subcultures. This selection of Central European films presented in the framework of the Visegrad Group’s cultural collaboration features musicals, films on music and musicians, and films with stunning musical score embracing music in diverse ways.

The musicals are represented by a unique selection: a witty and charming, Pop-Art fairytale film entitled The Insanely Sad Princess featuring Czechoslovak popular music icons; Stephen the King, a Hungarian rock opera of the 1980s generation’s response to Broadway and West End trends instigated by Andrew Llod Weber’s Jesus Christ Superstar musical. Similarly to Miloš Forman’s Hair, the Czechoslovak hippie film Ballad for the Bandit is based on the legendary musical theatre of Brno’s Goose on the String Theatre and voiced feelings of a generation challenging the establishment. All That I Love depicts how music and cinema intertwined can tell the story of the politically turbulent period of the early 1980s - the time of oppressive martial law and the rise of Solidarity in Poland. The Polish documentary The Queen of Silence is about a deaf gypsy girl falling in love with Bollywood – and film illustrates the ways in which the power of music can change lives

Stunning film scores are most emblematic in these films, especially with the Czech New Wave; the film Marketa Lazarová is a medieval epic film with music by celebrated Zdeněk Liška. He also composed the score to the Slovak “bromance” motion picture The Copper Tower, set in the monumental scenery of Tatra Mountains. The film Marketa Lazarová introduced Slovak actress Magda Vášáryová and her sister Emília Vášáryová starred in The Copper Tower and also the Slovak “mountain western” film The Return of Dragon accompanied by the score of Ilja Zeljenka. Zbigniew Preisner’s score for Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Double Life of Veronique won him worldwide reputation.

V4 / Visegrad Group is an alliance of four Central European states – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – for the purposes of furthering their European integration, as well as for advancing cultural, economic etc. cooperation with one another.

Complementing Pera Film's "Tune In!" program, Istanbul based quintet Flapper Swing will perform a concert on 17 November Thursday at Pera Café. Held at Pera Café, the concert is free of admissions. Space is limited, drop in.

This program’s screenings are free of admissions. Drop in, no reservations.

In cooperation
İzmir Polonyalılar Kültür ve Dostluk Derneği

Supported by
The Consulates of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia


     

 

       

      

November 12

19:00 The Double Life of Veronique

November 18

19:00 The Insanely Sad Princess

21:00 Ballad for the Bandit

November 19

13:00 Marketa Lazarová

16:00 Ballad for the Bandit

18:00 Balaton Method

November 20

14:00 The Double Life of Veronique

16:00 The Copper Tower

18:00 All That I Love

November 22

19:00 The Queen of Silence

November 25

19:00 Birds, Orphans and Fools

21:00 The Queen of Silence

November 26

12:00 The Return of Dragon

14:00 The Copper Tower

19:00 All That I Love

December 2

18:00 Stephen the King

20:00 The Return of Dragon

21:30 Johnny Corncob

December 3

12:00 Johnny Corncob

14:00 Birds, Orphans and Fools

16:00 Stephen the King

18:00 Marketa Lazarová

December 4

14:00 The Insanely Sad Princess

17:00 Balaton Method

Marketa Lazarová

Marketa Lazarová

The Insanely Sad Princess

The Insanely Sad Princess

The Return of Dragon

The Return of Dragon

Birds, Orphans and Fools

Birds, Orphans and Fools

The Copper Tower

The Copper Tower

Johnny Corncob

Johnny Corncob

Ballad for the Bandit

Ballad for the Bandit

Stephen the King

Stephen the King

The Double Life of Veronique

The Double Life of Veronique

All That I Love

All That I Love

The Queen of Silence

The Queen of Silence

Balaton Method

Balaton Method

Program Trailer

Tune In!
Music and Cinema: Central European Films

This selection of Central European films presented in the framework of the Visegrad Group’s cultural collaboration features musicals, films on music and musicians, and films with stunning musical score embracing music in diverse ways.

Jean-Michel Basquiat Look At Me!

Jean-Michel Basquiat Look At Me!

The exhibition “Look At Me! Portraits and Other Fictions from the ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection” examined portraiture, one of the oldest artistic genres, through a significant number of works of our times. Paintings, photographs, sculptures and videos shaped a labyrinth of gazes that invite spectators to reflect themselves in the social mirror of portraits.

Mosques in the 18th and 19th Century Paintings

Mosques in the 18th and 19th Century Paintings

In the works of western painters, we encounter mosques as the primary architectural elements that reflect the identity of the city of Istanbul. Often we can recognize the depicted landscape as Istanbul simply from the mosques. 

Midnight Stories: The Red Button <br> Funda Özlem Şeran

Midnight Stories: The Red Button
Funda Özlem Şeran

It was a quiet night in the dessert. Even the mice weren’t around. A few LEDs blinked in the dark, and the sound of a fan filled the infinite void. The conversation cutting the silence seemed to go nowhere.