During the festival, the Scopitone programme shows music documentaries in a unique setting with live extras. This programme highlights remarkable documentaries from the previous editions that view music as a social movement. In an eclectic mix, we travel to all corners of the world through many different musical genres. From the birthplace of black metal to the land where even the coffee beans sing, and from Finnish tango to Dancehall Queens. The passion for film and music confluences in these musical gems.
Films in ‘Scopitone’
Roaring AbyssQuino Piñero IFFR 2016 86′
Ethiopia has over eighty different cultures. With live recordings of music, this film is a voyage of discovery across mountains, deserts and forests to find the last interpreters of traditional Ethiopian music. A search for authenticity, which is increasingly being pushed aside by electronics and popular culture. Free admission.
New Voices in an Old FlowerQuino Piñero IFFR 2017 69′
Westerners generally view Ethiopia as the mythical land of Rastafarians. However, the contemporary music scene is much richer than that, as this sultry, nocturnal exploration of the capital Addis Abeba demonstrates. From reggae to hip-hop and from free jazz to electronic sampling: diversity rules.
Conquering ChinaJohan Jonason IFFR 2015 80′
A Swedish singer trades Europe for China. Like a blonde nephew of Bryan Ferry, he enters the burgeoning music scene in Shanghai, where electronic dance music dominates. But is this new land of opportunity ready for his soul-searching, tormented voice? Is music really such a universal language? Free admission
BrasslandsMeerkat Media Collective IFFR 2014 84′
In the small village of Guca, half a million people gather yearly for the Woodstock event of trumpet music. An amateur ensemble from New York joins this energetic competition between Serbian, Croatian and Roma bands during the wildest party in Europe. Free entrance.
BlackheartsFredrik Horn Akselsen, Christian Falch IFFR 2017 84′
In Norway, the birthplace of black metal, the genre went from being vilified to a tourist attraction in a little over 25 years. This mildly ironic documentary follows three young metal acts as they make their pilgrimages to the North. However, the situations in their home countries of Greece, Columbia and Iran are what make their quest so special.
MittsommernachtstangoViviane Blumenschein IFFR 2014 82′
Three Argentine friends embark on a musical journey to find out if filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki’s claim is true: that the tango has its roots in Finland. If anything, a string of bizarre encounters convinces them of the popularity of the genre. Free entrance.
The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa AlaevNoam Pinchas, Tal Barda IFFR 2017 74′
If anyone still doubts that musical talent is hereditary, this documentary provides convincing proof. Not that a tyrannical patriarch is necessarily an ideal teacher. The success of the Tajiki ‘Jackson family’ hides many psychological, ideological and even religious tensions. The music, however, continues to impress.
Rock on BonesCaroline Troubetzkoy IFFR 2015 120′
A young French filmmaker decides that the charismatic Russian punk band Oz deserves a career in the West. Besides two years of fun and frustration, this autobiographical rockumentary also offers surprising insights into alternative music from the former Soviet Union. Raw, energetic and pretty self-destructive. Free admission
Bruk Out! A Dancehall Queen DocumentaryCori Wapnowski IFFR 2018 69′
This raw, energetic documentary follows six women, all of whom want to become the best Dancehall Queen in the world. It’s not just pop divas such as Beyoncé, Rihanna and Miley who furiously imitate the provocative Jamaican dance style – anonymous women from Spain, Italy, America, Poland and Japan are also making this their emancipatory life goal.
The Last Song Before the WarKiley Kraskouskas IFFR 2014 79′
This documentary takes us back to the cradle of popular music. In the midst of the Malian desert, under the most unlikely circumstances, an annual festival was organised. Until Al-Quaeda took over the region and music became taboo. Free entrance.
The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene SmithSara Fishko IFFR 2016 88′
From 1957 to 1965, Life Magazine photo journalist W. Eugene Smith was obsessed with bebop and free jazz. He aimed his camera almost exclusively at visitors to a loft in New York, where the cream of the jazz world came to improvise. Smith installed microphones as well, thus creating a unique audiovisual archive. Free admission.