On June 25, at Kyiv’s Art Dock, within the Open Night. Take 19 festival, Dovzhenko Centre will show the silent Czech film Erotikon by Gustav Machaty. The film will be screened to the recorded soundtrack written by the musical band Forma (the Czech Republic).


June 25, 19:00

Place: Art Dock (Kyiv, Harbour Bridge)

Admission is free of charge.

Erotikon (1929, dir. Gustav Machaty) is one of the best pieces of the Czech cinema’s silent era. Its sensual images inspired the musicians of the  Ostrava-Prague band Forma to create an original improvised mix of acoustic and electronic music – a soundtrack to this film, which was played to Kyivites live last year in Dovzhenko Centre as part of the SUM of SUN / observation cinema music / the Planet of Holosiyevo festival, and then later in Odessa, at the 6-th International Mute Nights Festival of Silent Film and Contemporary Music.


The Open Night. Take 19 Film Festival will take place in Kyiv on June 25-26. Just like in previous years, the main venue will be the Art Dock in Kiev, with parallel screenings and screening broadcasts happening in 52 different locations, including 6 foreign ones. The program will be shown simultaneously in 46 cities of Ukraine, including 13 in the ATO zone. The Festival’s President Mikhaylo Illienko said, “We are a festival of national Ukrainian film. We do not compete with foreign films, but focus on our own achievements. Therefore, it is extremely important that the number of the Open Night Festival’s venues in the ATO zone grows, as in these difficult times it lets Ukrainians get to know their national cinema.”

In 2016, the partner for the international guest program will be the Czech Centre in Kiev. Among honored guests are directors Jakub Koštial, Pavel Soukup and Robin Kvapil. The Czech program  of the festival features screenings of 8 best films made by students and graduates of FAMU (Czech Film Academy), as well as a free workshop from Robin Kvapil for all interested filmmakers. The program will be closed with a screening of the 1929 silent film Erotikon directed by Gustav Machaty to the soundtrack from the Czech band FORMA. The screening is supported by Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre.

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