Virtual Film Festival International Silent Film Festival Manila

ISFF Manila

Wed, 24.11.2021 -
Fri, 03.12.2021


The Goethe-Institut Philippinen, the Japan Foundation Manila, the Embassy of Italy with the Philippine Italian Association, the Instituto Cervantes, the British Council in the Philippines, the Embassy of France, and the Film Development Council of the Philippines are extremely proud to present the 15th edition of the International Silent Film Festival Manila that will run from November 24 to December 03, 2021.

This year the festival will feature six classic silent films from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and the United Kingdom and ten short films specially produced by the DFCP spearheaded Mit Out Sound program, all accompanied by original scoring from local bands and musicians. This rich program will be screened online, on the FDCP channel at from November 25 to December 03, 2021. 

Das wachsfigurenkabinett (the waxworks)

Germany's entry for this year's ISFF Manila is Paul Leni's 1924 silent film classic, Das Wachsfigurenkabinett (The Waxworks). 
  • Das Wachsfigurenkabinett © Absolut Medien

  • Das Wachsfigurenkabinett © Absolut Medien

  • Das Wachsfigurenkabinett © Absolut Medien

  • Das Wachsfigurenkabinett © Absolut Medien

Title: Das Wachsfigurenkabinett/The Waxworks
Director: Paul Leni
Year: 1924
Length: 80 min
Subtitle: English
Film Synopsis:
Show-booth owner employs a young poet to invent stories for the waxwork figures he exhibits. The poet accepts the commission so that he can be close to the owner’s beautiful daughter. Waxworks shows three of these stories, as inserted episodes. “Sultan Harun al Rachid” falls in love with the beautiful wife of a pie-maker, and comic-dramatic intrigues ensue. This is followed by the episode “Ivan the Terrible”. Czar Ivan has conceived a plan whereby his enemy is poisoned by a specially mixed brew; but he becomes obsessed by the fear that he himself will be poisoned and finally goes mad. The episode “Jack the Ripper” is particularly sinister. Real and invented characters whirl around to an eerie rhythm. But this turns out to be the poet’s dream vision - he has fallen asleep while writing - and he wakes up in the arms of his lover.

La Crema

The German film will be accompanied by an original scoring from up and coming local band La Crema. Armed with an immersive, multi-dimensional, genre-bending sound, La Crema is on a path to spread energy, madness, and high voltage rock and roll to the world! Started up in 2018, the band has been able to infect audiences all around Metro Manila and its surrounding islands through their live performances and tours.
  • La Crema © Liga Artist Group

  • La Crema © Liga Artist Group

  • La Crema © Liga Artist Group

Gabe Dandan (Guitar)
Alex Price (Drums)
Lucas Floyd (Vocals, Guitar)
Migui Bautista (Percussions)
Giro Alva (Bass)
Don Fonghe (Sax)

How to enjoy the festival

To watch any of the films or events programmed in the Festival, kindly enter the website and fill out the necessary information to register. Films will be available for free online viewing.

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  • Virtual rooms have limited slots available
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