Dubbed as the only one of its kind in Asia, the 9th International Silent Film Festival in Manila welcomed its new member–Austrian film Orlacs Hände (The Hands of Orlac), the 1924 horror film based from Maurice Renard’s novel and directed by Robert Wiene.
The film featured Paul Orlac, a world famous pianist whose hands are the tools of his trade and his wife’s favorite part of his body, are mangled in a horrific train accident. His wife seeks the help of a surgeon to try and save Orlac’s hands. Eventually, the surgeon transplants the hands of a recently executed murderer. Orlac soon discovers that there is something seriously wrong with his new hands and it seems that they have a will of their own.
Orlacs Hände is presented with a live musical score from the country’s oldest jazz band, The Executives, founded by Senator Raul Manglapus in 1957.
Other films in the festival include the 1934 Filipino film, Brides of Sulu accompanied by Kjwan; Japan’s Kokushi Muso (Peerless Patriot) and Wasei Kenka (Fighting Friends) with musical scoring from the indie-jazz-pop band, Hidden Nikki; Thailand’s The Overture to be accompanied by Royal Thai Navy Traditional Ensemble and many others.
The 9th International Silent Film Festival is made possible in partnership with Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza, JEC Philippines (Austria), the National Film Center of The Museum of Modern Art Tokyo and Shochiku Co., Ltd., the Embassies of Italy and Spain, Filmoteca de Catalunya, Institut Francais, and EUNIC Philippines.