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’
Mr. JimmyPeter Michael Dowd IFFR 2020 113′
Imitation as an art form by Akio Sakurai, a Japanese Led Zeppelin superfan who can play every concert down to the last detail.
Imitation as art in this film about a Japanese Led Zeppelin fan who can play everything, note for note. Particularly intriguing when he gathers other musical master imitators around him. Because are they following Led Zeppelin or the Japanese perfectionist accompanying them?
TinnitusDaniil Zinchenko IFFR 2020 91′
The Russian musical answer to Glasnost was macabre, ear-splitting noise that proved fatal to many of its makers.
Electronic noise with a death wish was the Russian alternative music scene's answer to Glasnost. Many of the musicians have since died, whether due to drugs, suicide or unknown reasons. A look back at the time when romance and punk started a deadly relationship.
Shut Up SonaDeepti Gupta IFFR 2020 85′
Singer Sona Mohapatra is insulted, sued and threatened, yet continues to fight for women's rights on and off stage.
Sona Mohapatra is termed insane, dangerous and subversive. She is threatened and even receives death threats, yet the Indian singer continues to fight the patriarchy in general and the sexist music industry in particular. All while continuing to develop artistically.
The Heart Is a DrumJacob Frössén IFFR 2020 74′
This unusual documentary catalogues the romantic and creative life of Neu! and Kraftwerk musician Klaus Dinger.
As one of the architects of the German krautrock scene's iconic 'Motorik Beat', the repetitive drumbeat that Neu! and Kraftwerk musician Klaus Dinger prefer to call 'the endless straight on'. This lends Swedish director Jacob Frössén a nice metaphor with which to catalogue this influential German musician's eventful life.