TIFF 2011: Silence and Noise

20.01.2011 to 23.01.2011

Silence & Noise is a silent film concert series spanning three nights at Kurant as part of Tromsø International Film Festival. The selected movies are early German horror classics accompanied live by some of the best bands the Norwegian underground scene has to offer. Come prepared, it will get loud!


The Golem: How He Came Into the World
(Der Golem: Wie er in die Welt kam)
Torsdag 20. januar
kl. 22.00

Director: Carl Boese & Paul Wegener
Country: Germany 1920
Running time: 1h 25min
Music: Jabba the Butt

In 16th century Prague, a Jewish rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. Unfortunately, the creature rebels, setting fire to the ghetto and wreaking deadly havoc.


This duo from a little place called Sørreisa consists of Rolf Ole Rydeng Jenssen on bass guitar/vocals and Lars-Erik Kroken Mikkelsen on drums. The duo plays experimental rock with a dirty sound, and have performed together for about two years. They have played many concerts at different venues in Tromsø, including a silent film concert to the Swedish movie HÄXAN in 2010.

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror
(Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens)
Fredag 21. januar
kl. 22.00

Director: F. W. Murnau
Country: Germany 1922
Running time: 1h 34min
Music: River to Aintry

Hutter leaves his newlywed wife Ellen and travels across the Carpathian Mountains to close up a business deal with the mysterious count Orlok. At first, the count’s behaviour only seems eccentric, but Hutter soon realizes he is a threat.


River to Aintry from Oslo, plays heavy and atmospheric metal with references to post-rock and hardcore. Their approach to metal creates an exciting and quite unusual blend of genres. The band has played concerts since 2005 and a self-titled EP was released in 2007. They are currently working with the release of their first full-length album.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
(Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari)
Lørdag 22. januar 
kl. 22.00

Director: Robert Wiene
Country: Germany 1920
Running time: 1h 11min
Music: Årabrot

The narrator, Francis, and his friend Alan visit a carnival in the village where they see Dr. Caligari and the sleepwaker Cesare, whom the doctor is displaying as an attraction. When Alan asks how long he has left to live, Cesare says he has until dawn. The prophecy comes to pass, as Alan is murdered, and Cesare becomes the prime suspect.


Årabrot is a Norwegian noise-rock band from Haugesund. Since they started out in 2001, the band’s main core has been Kjetil Nernes and Vidar Evensen. Årabrot plays noise-rock with strong elements of industrial music and noise. Their first three albums have received critical acclaim. The band has been touring Europe and USA and they also filled a spot at the South by Southwest festival and CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival in 2009.

Live stream:

For those who cannot attend the screenings, we are streaming the shows at this website with the help of Far North Living Lab.

We are also making it possible for other venues around the world to stream the shows for free, as long as there is no admission fee for the audience. For more info on how this works, go to Far North Living Lab’s homepage: