CineSonic proudly presents our first collaboration with Imagine Film Festival, one of Amsterdam's oldest and most beloved film festivals.

As part of Imagine's 2016 theme program 'Building Dreams and Nightmares' dedicated to architecture and design in fantastic cinema, we've been invited to curate the re-scoring of the legendary German Expressionist film Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari.

On the 18th of April, the new digitally restored copy of the film will be screened in The Netherlands for the first time, with a new soundtrack composed and performed live by Dutch psych-rockers Monomyth.

If one expects an adventurous approach to music from a band named after a Joseph Campbell's book, Monomyth doesn't disappoint. Flowing freely from space rock to krautrock, from psychedelia to intelligent dance music (IDM), the Haagse band draws their audience into a trance, through shifting patterns, repetitions and drones. The result is a stirring brew with links to Pink Floyd, Hawkwind and Tool, but with the innovative force of modern techno and ambient.

This CineSonic live show follows the release of Monomyth's third album EXO on the18th of March. The band will tour Europe in April.

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari | Dir. Robert Wiene | Germany | 1920 | 71 min

Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema and arguably one of the first (if not the very first) horror films ever produced, Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari tells the story of a deranged hypnotist who uses a sleepwalker to commit murders on his behalf.

Nearly 100 years after its release, the film maintains its spellbound reputation as a one of a kind film in the history of cinema, mainly as a result of its landmark Expressionist set design and eerie, dreamlike narrative.

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari is seen both as a precursor of psychological thriller films and a metaphor of the horror embodied by tyrannical political power, with the character of the titular mad doctor as a symbol of the "authoritative power of an inhuman state” and is even seen by some as a premonition of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.

This show is presented by CineSonic in collaboration with the Imagine Film festival and EYE.

        Monomyth         Imagine Film Festival         EYE Amsterdam



photo © Hans Schoo