Produced by David Oliver in 1916, Louis Neher’s “Im Reich der Zwerge” is a hallucinatory experience. Its cutting-edge trick photography will takes audiences deep underground to a subterranean world where a young girl must plead her case before the king of the elves. This charming piece of fairy-tale surrealism was discovered in the archives of the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam. This early Oliver production incorporates every device that would have been at the disposal of the filmmaker of 1916.
Unseen for 99 years, Im Reich Der Zwerge will be screened on Sunday December 14 in Vancouver, BC accompanied by a live orchestra.