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ANLA COURTIS : live soundtrack -Entre los Hielos de las Islas Orcadas-


Entre los Hielos de las Islas Orcadas (1928)
Director: José Manuel Moneta
Production Company: Cinematográfica Valle
Duration: 55 minutos (aprox.)
Format: DVD (NTSC) –originally in fílm-
with live music by Anla Courtis
The film Entre los hielos de las Islas Orcadas (In between the South Orkney Islands’ Ices) by José Manuel Moneta is the very first production shot in this Antarctic region. This 1928 Argentine movie was lost for many decades, but in a recent research made by the Museo del Cine Pablo Ducrós Hicken a hidden copy appeared and it was transferred to digital to make it finally available for screening. The stuff has a huge documental and artistic value and, for the first time, it will be presented in Europe with live music by Anla Courtis
The film has a very singular story behind. Its director wasn’t a filmmaker, in fact he was a meteorologist who made several Antarctic expeditions. Inspired by Robert J. Flaherty’s documentary “Nanook, of the North” (1922), he decided to show his deep southern experiences in a film, even without having any previous experience in this field. In those years there were very few cameras available in Argentina, that’s why in 1924 Moneta asked the film company Cinematográfica Valle to borrow enough camera stuff to make a film in the Islas Orcardas (South Orkneys Islands). The company accepted and the film was ready around 1926, but that year a big fire took place at the Valle Studios burning this first version. So Moneta had to film the whole movie again in his next Antarctic expedition in 1927. Finally the film had its premiere in Buenos Aires in 1928, and after sorting out some legal issues, it gained some attention. The film was considered lost for many years until a hidden copy suddenly was found last year.
In his book “Cine en el País del Viento” (Cinema on the Wind’s Country) the historian researcher Andrés Levinson quote words of Moneta about this film: 
“I was focused in obtaining cinematographic shootings of the most relevant episodes and manifestations of the Orcadian life. This photographic activity increased notably my occupation time there. I didn’t miss any opportunity to bring on film the most prominent actions of our life there and that’s how day after day, I was filling metal canisters with filmed tape for the first time in such place”.
Alan Courtis was born in 1972 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was a founder member of Reynols. He has participated in more than 300 releases and collaborations on labels from around the globe. He has made music for films and installations has run seminars and workshops in Universities and diverse institutions around the world. He has toured extensively in Japan, Europe, USA, Australia, NZ & Latin America and has collaborated with musicians like: Pauline Oliveros, Lee Ranaldo, Nihilist Spasm Band, Jim O’Rourke, Yoshimi, Makoto Kawabata, Eddie Prevost, Otomo Yoshihide, Daniel Menche, KK Null, Mats Gustafsson, Rick Bishop, Tabata, Toshimaru Nakamura, Phill Niblock, L.A.F.M.S., Thomas Dimuzio, Rudolf Eb.Er, Seiichi Yamamoto, Tetuzi Akiyama, Lasse Marhaug, Rapoon, Uton, Birchville Cat Motel, Jazkamer, C.Spencer Yeh, Okkyung Lee, Jon Wesseltoft, Avarus, & Kemialliset Ystavat.