Simone Giacomini & Rodolphe Coster meet Robert Siodmak

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Fri Mar 12 – 8:00PM -- 9:30PM

Where: Goethe Institute Amsterdam


Menschen am Sonntag (People on Sunday)

| Dir. Robert Siodmak | Germany | 1929 | 73 min |

Two friends, a cab driver and a salesman, find themselves with nothing to do on a Sunday in Berlin. They pick up a couple of young women, and the four spend the day wandering the city streets before heading to a beach in Wannsee, where they go swimming and enjoy an idyllic afternoon by the lake. 

An early experiment in neo-realist filmmaking, Siodmak’s first film follows the whereabouts of a group of Berliners of humble background in semi-documenatristic style. Influenced by Dsiga Wertow's Mann Mit Der Kamera and Walter Ruttman’s Berlin, Die Sinfonie Der Grosstadt, the film was financed independently by a group of young filmmakers (among which Billy Wilder, Fred Zinnemann and Edgar G. Ulmer) who wished to show their nonchalant way of life and ended up making film history as the avant-garde precursor of poetic realism.

Simone Giacomini studied piano and guitar before discovering electronic music. With a personal approach of the score reading he started a new form of improvisation based on the geometrical lines that compose the score itself. Since 1994 he has been member of different bands and produced contemporary, rock, experimental music and composed soundtracks for movies and videos. Since 2004 he collaborates with choreographer Gabriella Maiorino on several dance pieces and with other choreographers and visual artists (Ezequiel Sanucci, Abdel Sarrokh, Mees Saskia and more).

Simone will perform tonight together with Rodolphe Coster.