The Wind

HippFest 2024 concludes with the world premiere of the prestigious new restoration of one of cinema’s greatest achievements.

Screen legend Lillian Gish is Letty, a sweet-natured young woman who tries to start a new life with her cousin in the desolate and unforgiving landscape of West Texas. There she is met with hostility by her cousin’s hard-edged wife, and the brutal indifference of Nature itself. Containing many elements central to the Western – the settlers’ struggle, harsh frontier surroundings, lawlessness, honour and self-determination – this is ultimately a stirring psychological study of one woman at odds with the world she finds herself in.

**Content warning: themes of sexual violence**

Dir. Victor Sjöström | US | 1928 | N/C 12A | 1h 35m (TBC)

With: Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Montagu Love, Dorothy Cumming

Performing live: Stephen Horne (piano) and Frank Bockius (percussion)

Online programme notes and in-person introduction by Bryony Dixon, Curator of Silent Film, BFI National Archive

Restored by The Museum of Modern Art with support from the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation. 


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