In The Ghost Of Piramida, the Danish director Andreas Koefoed follows Efterklang on their 9-day audio expedition to the ghost town Piramida on Spitsbergen, located just a thousand kilometers from the North Pole and home to more polar bears than people.
Accompanied by their taciturn and indifferent Russian polar bear guard, the group goes on an audio treasure hunt in the empty buildings of the abandoned town, while the narrator, former Piramida citizen Alexander, takes us back to a bygone era, when Piramida flourished and the immigrant Russian miners and their families lived in a Soviet parallel society far from the brutal reality of their homeland.
During the expedition, Efterklang collected over a thousand sound recordings for the album Piramida, which they later wrote and recorded in Berlin. The music in the film incorporates some of the early sketches, as well as finished songs from the album.
The Ghost of Piramida premiered in November in Amsterdam at the world’s biggest documentary film festival IDFA, and here the film was selected as one of the top three music films of the year. Since then, the film has been screened at several other film festivals and in art house cinemas around Europe.
Starting today, Efterklang and Andreas Koefoed are inviting people to host their own screenings of The Ghost of Piramida from February 8th until March 24th. Dubbed Private-Public Screenings, the rules are very simple. In order to host a screening, each event must adhere to the following:
• The screenings need to be free entry
• The screenings need to be public
• The screenings need to have a minimum capacity of 5 people
• The screenings need to be verified by Efterklang & Andreas Koefoed (only screenings that are featured on www.theghostofpiramida.com are official Private-Public Screenings)
In other words, as long as the host is a private person, entrance is free and it is an open event (as capacity permits) the Private-Public Screenings can take place at a home, at a café, in a school auditorium - basically, anywhere. Those planning to host screenings in their own homes will be able to have full control over who can attend.
Efterklang have successfully screened films via the Private-Public Screenings method before. In 2011 An Island, their collaborative film with Vincent Moon, was screened nearly 1,200 times in just two months. For an updated list of the current and future Official Screenings and Private-Public Screenings of The Ghost of Piramida go to: www.theghostofpiramida.com/attend-a-screening
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