With a live music soundtrack, silent films are taking over festivals everywhere, but Oulu has so far had them on rare occasions. In November around Halloween each year the IIK! Horror Movie Festival sells out its silent films without exception as people gather to enjoy the unique experience and atmosphere of past decades. Oulu August Festival now wants to offer audiences a unique cinematic experience.
CHARLES CHAPLIN: THE GOLD RUSH
Live soundtrack by The Corridoors of Sound
Sunday 4.8. at 16.00.
The series is opened by Charlie Chaplin’s Gold Rush with a live music soundtrack by The Corridoors of Sound Collective. The comedy classic is shown as a 16-millimeter copy owned by Oulu Film Centre, so the sound of the projector is entwined smoothly into the music collective’s soundscape. The Corridoors of Sound is a multidisciplinary group, and in this show, the movie might have a soundtrack made up of movement as well as sound.
JEAN EPSTEIN: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER
Live soundtrack by Radiopuhelimet
Monday 12.8. at 19.00
Valvesali will fill up with Radiopuhelimet interpretation of the soundscape of Jean Epstein’s The Fall of the House of Usher. The Oulu-based band first interpreted a soundtrack to a movie based on Edgar Allan Poe’s novel in 2007 in their uncompromising and relentless style, and finally, a long-awaited second serving will occur.
ROBERT WIENE: THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI
Live music soundtrack by Lau Nau, Topias Tiheäsalo and Hermanni Ylitepsa
Sunday 18.8. at 16.00
Lau Nau, Topias Tiheäsalo and Hermanni Ylitepsa create the soundtrack to probably the most celebrated piece of German expressionism. Laura Naukkarinen a.k.a. Lau Nau is one of Finnish music scene’s most original artists and she has released five records and provided soundtracks to silent films all around the world, most recently in San Francisco, Helsinki and Anères in France. Guitarist and composer Topias Tiheäsalo concentrates on improvised music and has been nominated for Mexico Film Academy’s Ariel Award with the music he composed for the movie Bayonet. With a strong background in folk music, Hermanni Ylitepsa plays the violin and double bass in Lau Nau and the Seventh Heaven as well as several other bands.
The silent film experience is brought to you by:
Tickets in advance:
- 20 € / concession 16 € (retired, unemployed, students, servicemen and those in non-military service)
- Serial ticket (all three concerts): 45 € (only in advance)
- Tickets in advance also with Kaiku card
The Ticketmaster website charges an additional handling fee with the price of the ticket. Culture Centre Valve ticket sales (from 2nd of August onwards) and Oulu10 service desk sell tickets without additional fees.
Tickets at the door 23€.