The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

The Singing Glass

United States | 2019 | 30 min
Other: Anisa Hosseinnezhad, Yoni Passy, Chen Serfaty
Cinematography: Samantha Adler de Oliveira
Sound mixing: Kobi Eizenman
Editing: Samantha Adler de Oliveira
Participation: Diane Hession, Vera Meyer, Caroline Skyler
Composer: Judith Adler de Oliveira
Director: Samantha Adler De Oliveira


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Presented with the support of the Consulate General of Israel in Montreal.

The glass harmonica was invented by Benjamin Franklin and sank into oblivion after its eerie sound and touch were blamed for strange occurrences including illness, madness and death. Gerhard Finkenbeiner, a German scientific glassblower based in New England, relaunched the production of the exquisite instrument in 1984. Fifteen years later, he mysteriously vanished.

Visions du Réel Documentary Film Festival, Switzerland (2018)
Epos International Art Film Festival, Israel (2019)
Faito Doc Festival, Italy (2019)


Samantha Adler de Oliveira

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 Art 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 is a graduate of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and a past participant in the European Exchange Academy in Germany, Asylum Arts Retreat in New York, and T.A.J Artist Residency in Bangalore. She received a special mention at the Mediatine Award for Emerging Artists in Belgium, the Aileen Cooper Prize for Academic Excellence, and was nominated for the Jerusalem Film Festival’s Experimental Cinema Award in 2014. Her works have been shown in exhibitions and festivals in and outside Israel.
Her first film, "The Singing Glass", participated in the Visions du Reel International Documentary Film Festival in Switzerland (Market section) and premiered at the Tel Aviv Art Museum as part of EPOS International Art Film Festival in 2019.

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