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24 songs, 24 films. The South-African artist William Kentridge, audience favourite at the festival in 2012, lends Franz Schubert’s monumental song cycle Winterreise a new dimension with his specific brand of collages and charcoal animations. Schubert’s songs tell the story of a young poet who has been rejected by his love and wanders desolately through a wintry landscape at night. Like the songs, Kentridge’s work often expresses a mysterious sense of melancholy. His films serve as a poetic, visual counterpart to the interpretation by Matthias Goerne, one of the most famous contemporary singers of Schubert’s Lieder, and pianist Markus Hinterhäuser. ‘In the hope that picture and sound will combine to create new insights,’ as Kentridge explained.