January 14, 2011

Moisture & Seattle International Film Festival Present: The Adventures of Prince Achmed

The Moisture Festival and The Seattle International Film Festival join forces once again to present an exceptional experience with a one-of-a-kind feast for your eyes and ears, presenting The Adventures of Prince Achmed with live accompaniment from David Miles Keenan and Nova Karina Devonie. This extraordinary event will be presented one night only on Monday, April 4 at SIFF Cinema, underneath McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. You will not want to miss this show!

David Miles Keenan and Nova Karina Devonie, AKA "Miles and Karina", have been performing together since 1991. They were commissioned to compose an original score to the 1926 silent, animated classic feature film The Adventures of Prince Achmed and this year we are extremely excited to be presenting this film event. Their live accompaniment will consist of a variety of instruments: accordion, guitar, viola, banjo, glockenspiel, percussion, slide whistle, and other gadgets.

When The Adventures of Prince Achmed premiered in Germany on September 23, 1926, it was hailed as the first full-length animated film using the silhouette technique invented by director Lotte Reiniger. 82 years later, this enchanting film still stands as one of the great classics of animation -- beautiful, mesmerizing and utterly seductive. Taken from The Arabian Nights, the film tells the story of a wicked sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into mounting a magical flying horse sending the rider on a flight to his death, however the prince foils the magician's plan, and soars headlong into a series of wondrous adventures. Thrilling, sensuous and dazzling, The Adventures of Prince Achmed will enthrall children and film enthusiasts of all ages.

We hope you will join us for this very special screening and performance.


The Adventures of Prince Achmed
With German and English intertitles
Directed by Lotte Reiniger. (Germany, 1926, 72 min.)
Score by
David Miles Keenan and Nova Karina Devonie

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