Every night a different music genre, explored in a unique setting with live extras. What links these documentaries is their attention to social background.
Films in ‘Scopitone’
Carmine Street GuitarsRon Mann IFFR 2019 80′
Portrait of Rick Kelly, who makes guitars from wood from old buildings in New York − and of his musical customers.
Old wood is more resonant, says luthier Rick Kelly. Which is why he uses wood from old buildings in New York for his instruments, popular with famous and less famous musicians alike. A portrait of a music shop that exudes the atmosphere of the old Greenwich Village, as the neighbourhood inevitably changes.
While You Live, ShinePaul Duane IFFR 2019 80′
Only one type of contemporary music appeals to this dedicated 78 RPM LP collector: melancholy Greek folk music from Epirus.
This enchanting documentary immerses itself in the transcendental Greek folk music of Epirus. An American collector of 78 RPM LPs travels to those sun-drenched climes, where centuries-old music stands the test of time. He discovers an authenticity he hasn’t been able to find his own country’s music for years.
De koning van de Nederlandstalige rock & rollBastiaan Bosma IFFR 2019 33′
Obscure singer-songwriter Ricky de Sire lives for his music. His aim: to make the best Dutch-language rock ‘n’ roll ever.
Fascinating portrait of Eric de Boer, AKA Ricky de Sire, self-declared king of Dutch-language rock ‘n’ roll. For nearly 4 decades, this singer-songwriter has worked steadily on an oeuvre that is as idiosyncratic as it is misunderstood. The eternal outsider retains the hope that one day he’ll break through to a mass audience with his life’s work.
Closer to GodAnnette Berger, Grete Jentzen IFFR 2019 84′
Swiss documentary about two Pakistani men trying to get closer to God. One through prayer, the other through music.
One is an Islamic mystic on a life-long pilgrimage, stopping to pray at every shrine he passes. The other man in this fascinating Swiss documentary is the custodian of a centuries-old musical tradition, for whom the concept of God lies closer to self-knowledge and harmony with your surroundings.