The Silence Before Bach (Spain)

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 9, 2017 | Pre-screening performance begins at 7PM, Film begins at sundown

The Silence Before Bach (Spain)
Directed by Pere Portabella; 2007, 102 mins.

This screening was recommended in this week’s New Yorker by Richard Brody, who wrote, “Pere Portabella’s 2007 film brings Bach’s music to life with a dazzling blend of drama, documentary, and quasi-surrealist whimsy.”

Details: This fascinating, charming hybrid of documentary and drama from Spain’s legendary Surrealist, circles the theme of the transformational power of great music. The screen is filled with a subway car of passionate cello-playing musicians; then we’re accompanying a guide who gives tours of Leipzig dressed in full Bach regalia; followed by Mendelssohn’s discovery of sheet music for the “St. Matthew Passion” used as wrapping paper for a chunk of raw meat. By turns funny and serious, poignant, sexy, and refreshing – a nearly unclassifiable film, filled with indelible imagery.

Enjoy a pre-screening performance of flamenco dance, music and poetry from Numina Dance Theater and dine on amazing paella from food vendor In Patella.

Programmed by Film Forum.

Limited VIP seating is available for Cinema Stars! contributors. Please click here to make your donation or find out more.

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