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The sixth edition of the Isla Calavera Canary Islands Fantastic Film Festival, which will be held in Tenerife next November, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s classic Nosferatu, a benchmark silent film of the avant-garde of German expressionism. Starring Max Schreck, it is considered the first feature film to address the myth of Dracula, imagined by the writer Bram Stoker in his gothic fantasy novel published in 1897 and which has subsequently been made into a film on many occasions, also highlighting the adaptation made by Francis Ford Coppola 30 years ago.

As part of its programming, the Calavera Island Festival will offer the screening of Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror), in a special session that will be accompanied by the original score by the Canarian composer Jonay Armas written for the occasion . The musician will use various analog instruments for the live performance of a composition that will premiere at the Calavera Island Festival 2022. The presence of some of these instruments, such as the theremin, whose character invites to sculpt unexpected sounds in each performance, will make the projection an unrepeatable experience.

In addition, the Skull Island Festival will display an exhibition of unpublished photographs and illustrations created by different artists, which will pay tribute to the iconography of Nosferatu. Nosferatu first saw the light of day on February 16, 1922 in the Netherlands.

The official premiere took place on March 4 in Berlin, with original music by Hans Erdmann performed live. A mythical score that was lost and of which only two suites are preserved. Since then, many authors have written or improvised their own soundtrack to accompany the live screening of Murnau’s film.

Nominated twice for the Canarian Music Awards and recognized at Fimucité, Jonay Armas was born in the 1980s in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. His works for the cinema include titles such as An Impassive Sky (2021), White in White (2019), The Wandering Star (2018) or Europe (2017). He is also the author of two solo piano albums, Nui (2015) and Índigo (2019), nominated for the MIN independent music awards. His proposal to set Nosferatu to music starts from integrating the electronic sound typical of modern times with the mysticism and visual imagery of an immortal work.

The Isla Calavera Canary Islands Fantastic Film Festival is organized by the Charlas de Cine Cultural Association, the Isla Calavera Cultural Association, Multicines Tenerife and the publication TumbaAbierta.com.

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