From 15th to 17th September 2023, SOUNDS OF SILENTS will take place in Muranów Cinema, Warsaw, as a tribute to Anna Sienkiewicz-Rogowska, former deputy director of the Filmoteka Narodowa – Instytut Audiowizualny (FINA), a friend to many in the film community, and a wonderful advocate for culture.
The film programme includes, among others, the masterpiece “Earth” by Alexander Dovzhenko, the first documentary city symphony “Berlin: Symphony of a Great City” by Walter Ruttmann, René Clair’s last silent film “Two Timid Souls”, shorts from “The Cinema’s First Nasty Women” international project, as well as the Czechoslovak comedy “The Lovers of an Old Criminal”.
Original musical arrangements and improvisations will be performed by Polish and Ukrainian musicians including Marcin Masecki, Jerzy Rogiewicz, Julek Płoski, Facheroia, and Baasch. The screening will include introductions by international experts and all films will have Polish and English subtitles.
The initiator and organiser, Siostry Archeo Collective, has been generously supported by esteemed international film archives, including several ACE members. The repertoire was created in collaboration with Deutsche Kinemathek, Eye Filmmuseum, La Cinémathèque française, San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Národní filmový archiv, Prague, Det Danske Filminstitut, and National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Film Centre. The media patrons are ARTE and podcast SpoilerMaster.
Strategic organisational support has been provided by the Ex Anima Foundation, which promotes the art of animation and socially engaged cinema not only through its own festivals, such as the Warsaw Animated Film Festival (WAFF), special screenings, and workshops, but also by supporting various international initiatives and events.
“Promoting silent cinema in a modern and appealing way for contemporary audiences is another facet of our activities. We hope that, like other events we organise, such as WAFF, this one will capture the hearts of viewers,” says Ewelina Leszczyńska from the Ex Anima Foundation.
In doing so, organisers “dedicate the event to the memory of Anna Sienkiewicz-Rogowska, a cultural manager who was devoted to film culture promotion in Warsaw and film education across schools in Poland. Who loved silent cinema, was a steadfast believer in education and inclusivity, and who we had the privilege to work with before her untimely death.”