Opening of the BNFF main programme
In cooperation with Eesti Kontsert

Thursday, 1 December, 19:00 in Vanemuise Concert Hall, Tartu 
Friday, 2 December, 19:00 in Sakala Centre, Tallinn

The screening of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s silent film "The Passion of Joan of Arc" is accompanied with music composed by Hector Zazou, performed by the author, Valentin Z and computers.

France 1928, 80 min

With its stunning camerawork and striking compositions, "The Passion of Joan of Arc" convinced the world that movies could be art. Film’s approach to storytelling, set design, editing, and especially cinematography (by Rudolph Maté) was radical then, and is still strikingly modern. French stage actress Renée Falconetti gives in her only film role as the young maiden gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film. Through Falconetti, Joan’s spiritual devotion, simple dignity, and suffering become utterly real.
The film centres on the martyr’s last months, when Jeanne D’Arc (1412-1431) has been brought to the court. Accused of heresy she is questioned by bishop Cauchon. Threatened and tortured she finally recants and receives communion. Nevertheless her sentence is carried out by burning her at the stake.
Danish film director Carl Dreyer’s (1889-1968, "The Vampire", "The Word", "Gertrud") last silent feature is as truly mythic as any film ever shot, its artistic achievement rivalled by its turbulent history. The focal point of controversy when released in 1928, the original film was lost for a half-century until an intact copy of Dreyer’s original version was recovered in the early ’80s.

Director and scriptwriter: Carl Theodor Dreyer
DoP: Rudolph Maté
Editing: Marguerite Beaugé, Carl Theodor Dreyer
Cast: Renee Maria Falconetti, Eugene Sylvain, Maurice Schutz, Michel Simon, Antonin Artaud


"What is the music useful for if not to change the world?". That is the question that Zazou asks and wounders Composer as iconoclast as undefinable, he proves to have a blooming carrier full of experiences as diverse as rock (Barricades), impressionistic music (the duo ZNR) or african traditions (with Bony Bikaye). As Hector composes for strings, classical voices and synthetizer, each new creation is a surprise showing his passion for the most unexpected mixes. His rich and amazing discography underlines the vanguard of his work (Zazou/Bikaye, Las Vegas Is Cursed), all his albums are unique and famous world-wide which confirms his position in the French musical scene.


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