VERA Zienema will once again be hosting screenings for the International Film Festival in Groningen (IFFRiG) this year. Saturday 1 February will see no fewer than three special cinematic events taking place in VERA’s Grote Zaal, with tickets costing €9.50 each.

Cineville pass holders can pick up a ticket at Forum Groningen 90 minutes before screenings start. Reservations cannot be made for IFFRiG screenings. Also please note that all ticket sales will be either at Forum Groningen or via their website; see the latter for more information: www.forum.nl.

The Dying Swan is an iconic silent movie from 1917 directed by Yevgeni Bauer, sometimes described as the greatest director you’ve never heard of. The film stars a dancer named Gizella, a woman without the powers of speech who is madly in love with a man named Victor. She is overcome with desperation when she sees him with another girl. Then she is discovered by an artist, Glinsky, who immediately takes her as his muse. When Gizella dances ‘The Dying Swan’, Glinsky used her as a model for a work that has death as its theme ….

The movie will be accompanied by a soundtrack played live by Jozef van Wissem. The Dutchman, who currently resides in Poland, using only a custom-made black baroque lute, will conjure up a world with a tempo and language of its own. He has played at such prestigious festivals as All Tomorrow Parties and Primavera, and often collaborates with director Jim Jarmusch (Stranger Than Paradise, Down By Law, Paterson) culminating in a Cannes Soundtrack Award for the Only Lovers Left Alive soundtrack (2013).

The Dying Swan (1917) - Gizella's Dream Sequence