Fairytales and Fables is a free event at GOMA from 10 January to 30 March 2014.
Ranging in tone from light-hearted romps to more disturbing accounts, the program incorporates cinematic renditions and reinterpretations of classic tales, as well as original stories that combine elements of fairytale and fable with parody, experimental film and horror.
‘Fairytales and Fables’ offers an opportunity to view Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 The Adventures of Prince Achmed on 10 January at 6.30pm and 16 March at 11am.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) is rated 18+ and runs for 66 minutes:
Live musical accompaniment by Oscar and Marigold (Kim Cunio and Heather Lee).
The Adventures of Prince Achmed is the earliest surviving animated feature and the debut film by pioneering female animator Lotte Reiniger. Crafted in exquisite silhouette animation style, the film follows Prince Achmed who, tricked by a sorcerer, soars into the sky on a magical flying horse with Aladdin and the Witch of the Fiery Mountain, in a series of adventures taken from The Arabian Nights. A staggering feat of animation, Reiniger worked alongside experimental German animators Walter Ruttman and Bertold Bartosch to complete her incredibly detailed and beautiful film.