THE SINGING GLASS

Director: Samantha Adler de Oliveira
Country: Israel
Length: 29'45" 
Year: 2019


The glass harmonica is a rare musical instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761. He fell into oblivion after his disturbing sound and his musicians were accused of strange events, including illness, madness and death. Gerhard Finkenbeiner, a German scientific glassmaker resident in New England, relaunched the production of the instrument in 1984. Fifteen years later, it mysteriously disappeared. Neither his instrument nor his body was ever found. The Singing Glass brings together archival and staged footage with present-day accounts by three women whose diverging hypotheses regarding the man’s disappearance throw us head down into a swirling world of sounds and visions, wherein the glass harmonica acts as main rotation axis.
L'armonica di vetro è uno strumento musicale raro inventato da Benjamin Franklin nel 1761. È sprofondato nell'oblio dopo che il suo suono inquietante e i suoi musicisti sono stati accusati di strani avvenimenti, tra cui malattia, follia e morte. Gerhard Finkenbeiner, un vetraio scientifico tedesco residente nel New England, rilanciò la produzione dello strumento nel 1984. Quindici anni dopo, misteriosamente sparì. Né il suo strumento né il suo corpo furono mai trovati. The Singing Glass raccoglie filmati d'archivio montati con i racconti di tre donne le cui ipotesi divergenti riguardo alla scomparsa del vetraio scientifico ci tuffano in un mondo vorticoso di suoni e visioni, dove l'armonica di vetro è l'asse di rotazione principale.

Samantha Adler de Oliveira

A visual artist and filmmaker, Samantha Adler de Oliveira was born in Paris and grew up in Brussels. She completed a BA in European Studies at King's College London before moving to Israel where she earned a BFA in Fine Arts from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. She was granted a Fulbright fellowship to complete her MFA in Experimental Cinema at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston. She has participated in artist residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, the European Exchange Academy in Germany, Asylum Arts Retreat in New York, and T.A.J in Bangalore. She received a special mention at the Mediatine Award for Emerging Artists in Belgium and was nominated for the Jerusalem Film Festival’s Experimental Cinema Award.


Artista visiva e regista, Samantha Adler de Oliveira è nata a Parigi e cresciuta a Bruxelles. Diplomata in Studi europei al King's College di Londra prima di trasferirsi e proseguire nelle Belle Arti all'Accademia del design di Bezalel, a Gerusalemme. Approfondisce il Cinema sperimentale al Massachusetts College of Art and Design di Boston. Partecipa a diverse residenze d'artista nel Maine, in Germania, a New York e a Bangalore. Dopo una menzione speciale al Mediatine Award for Emerging Artists in Belgio, è stata nominata per il Experimental Cinema Award del Jerusalem Film Festival.
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