On 5 September 2015, the "German Season" officially opened with the monumental silent film "Metropolis". The first public screening in Indonesia of the original full-length version premiered with 60 musicians from the "Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg” (German Film Orchestra Babelsberg) at Teater Jakarta. The performance was accompanied by a live broadcast screened in the public forecourt.
“Metropolis”, a classic silent film of German expressionism directed by Fritz Lang was filmed between 1925 and 1926. Set in a futuristic urban dystopia with a divided society, this was the first science fiction feature film of the genre. Considered one of the most important works in film history it was the most expensive film of its time. The renowned score, composed by Gottfried Huppertz drew on a plethora of influences and was groundbreaking in both its approach and realisation. Huppertz integrated the composition into the film production process, also composing a “leitmotif” for each protagonist.
Coming directly from Berlin for the screenings in Indonesia, the Film Orchestra Babelsberg is internationally renowned for its live film concerts. The orchestra embodies a rich history that runs parallel to the history of German Cinema. Be it as UFA- or DEFA symphony orchestra or under the current name of German Film Orchestra Babelsberg, the musicians always put into focus the score of a film – music that moves both images and people.
The opening of the German Season was legendary in every way: an event that was open to all citizens of Jakarta, visited by more than 2000 people. Following the premiere in the capital, "Metropolis", accompanied by the "Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg”, also toured to Bandung and Surabaya.