Saturday, May 26, 21:45, Banffy Castle, Bonțida
Tickets ➤ bit.ly/gradinaplacerilor
Alfred Hitchcock’s first film is also one of the most courageous British productions of its time. A version recently discovered and restored by British Film Institute of The Pleasure Garden (1925) will be screened for the first time in Romania on May 26. The silent thriller tells of a love story with a surprising ending, centers on a young woman who sings in a celebrated London choir, and features strong elements of Hitchcock’s characteristic style.
This little-known debut film will be screened agains the mysterious background of the Bánffy castle with live accompaniment by Notes & Ties, who return to TIFF after opening the 2012 festival with an enchanting concert of film score music from Star Wars and Indiana Jones. The chamber ensemble, made up of 13 young musicians, will be directed by conductor Christopher Austin, professor at the Royal Academy of Music and consultant to the British Film Institute for the restorations of Hitchcock’s 1920s titles. The mesmerizing score interpreted by this Cluj-based ensemble was composed by Daniel Patrick Cohen, a British composer living in Cluj, on commission from the British Film Institute in 2012, following the digital restoration of Hitchcock’s black and white debut film—and is Cohen’s own debut in film scoring.