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Kinoteka Film Festival: The Call of the Sea (15*) + live musical accompaniment

Silent Film and Live Music

A still from Polish silent Call of the Sea

Kinoteka Film Festival closes with a digital restoration of the 1927 Henryk Szaro film The Call of the Sea, based on a novel by Stefan Kiedrzyński.

Immensely popular in Poland in the 1920s due to its complex scenery and cinematography, this epic love story with a turbulent plot combines maritime cinema and romance. Stach (Jerzy Marr) enlists himself on a ship where he quickly wins the trust of the captain and the heart of his daughter – Jola. But when he returns to his hometown, he crosses paths once again with his first love, Hanka (Maria Malicka).

Pianist and composer Taz Modi (Submotion Orchestra, Matthew Halsall) leads a live, improvised soundtrack to the film. The musicians include the award-winning Matthew Bourne on piano and synthesizers, Duncan Bellamy from Mercury-nominated Portico Quartet on drums and live sampling, and Chris Hargreaves and Simon Beddoe from Submotion Orchestra on bass and trumpet.

Presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute in London.

Poland 1927 Dir Henryk Szaro 126 min



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