Special screening in collaboration with the CINEMATEK of Brussels

Publié le 16/03/2023 par Dimitra Bouras / Catégorie: Brève

Within the framework of the 25th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, the screening of the film The Golem : How He Came into the World (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam) took place at Olympion theater. The film was screened as part of the tribute Adio kerida: From Thessaloniki to Auschwitz - 80 years. The film carefully restored by the Cinematek of Brussels, was screened, with great pomp and ceremony, accompanied by a live original score by Yannis Veslemes with Giotis Paraskevaidis on guitar and bass.

Special screening in collaboration with the CINEMATEK of Brussels

The film by Paul Wegener and Carl Boese takes place in 16th-century Prague, where a rabbi creates the Golem, a gigantic anthropomorphic creature made of clay, assigned with the mission to protect the Jewish population from the imminent threat of persecution. The Golem creature, created by this learned rabbi from the Jewish community living at the foot of a fortified city, is reminiscent of the character of Frankenstein. It came out of a scientist's laboratory that gave it life, in this case to ward off the misfortunes that the Jewish people could suffer according to the astrologer. The creature took power over its destiny and ended up at the hands of people hellbent on revenge. This film, made in the 1920s in the UFA studios, was prophetic regarding what the Jewish people would suffer in Germany. Mocked, banished from the city, accused of being the cause of everyone's misfortunes, they remained the target of great hatred before being slaughtered.

The splendid Olympion cinema on the no less famous Aristotelou square in Thessaloniki vibrated with laughter, sometimes hollow. The audience was indeed enthusiastic about this silent film session. 

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