It all starts with an audio snippet from 1971. We hear the quiet bobbing of a rowboat on calm waters. Musician Kim Gordon's voiceover reveals that a man and woman had occupied it. A short while later the woman would move to Norway for good, while the man returned to Germany to become a musician in influential bands including Kraftwerk, Neu! and La Düsseldorf.

This documentary on unusual artist Klaus Dinger (1946-2008) chooses equally unusual perspectives: an audio artefact from 1971, a telephone interview from 1998 and interviews with drummers from famous bands. Swedish director Jacob Frössén attempts to unravel the sentimental secret behind the man who created the 'Motorik Beat', the repetitive drumbeat with an almost ritualistic effect. Dinger preferred to call it endlose gerade ('the endless straight on') – for Frössén, an excellent metaphor for cataloguing the romantic and creative life of an iconic, if heartbroken, German musician.

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Screenings

Filmmaker
Jacob Frössén
Country
Sweden
Year
2019
Medium
Digital
Length
74’
Language
English, German, Swedish
Producer
Jacob Frössén, Dylan Williams
Production Company
Epigram, Backflip
Sales
Epigram
Writer
Jacob Frössén
Cinematography
Jacob Frössén
Editor
Jacob Frössén, Britta Norell, Michel Wenzer, Dylan Williams
Music
Jacob Frössén, Love Martinsen