The capital will host a festival dedicated to music documentaries

English Section / 8 septembrie 2023

Photo source: facebook/ dokstation

Photo source: facebook/ dokstation

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The DokStation Music Documentary Film Festival is the only event in the country dedicated to music documentaries. From September 20th to 24th, the festival will present a selection of films, most of which are national premieres. According to the organizers, this year's seventh edition will bring documentary films to the audience about legends of rock music, including Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett, Nick Cave, Annie Lennox, Gogol Bordello, Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, Little Richard, Sinead O'Connor, Gary Young (Pavement), and many others, as well as concerts by the bands DakhaBrakha (ethno-chaos, Ukraine) and Lalalar (electro/psych rock, Turkey). Among the films to be screened at various venues in Bucharest, including Sala Luceafărul, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Expirat, Control Club, and Grădina cu Filme, are: "What the Hell Happened to Blood, Sweat & Tears?" (dir: John Scheinfeld, 2023) - A partially political thriller filmed in communist Romania in 1970 (national premiere on September 20th at Sala Luceafărul).

"Squaring the Circle - The Story of Hipgnosis" (2022) - A new documentary by acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn, telling the story of Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey "Po" Powell, the masterminds behind the legendary design studio Hipgnosis, responsible for some of the most recognizable album covers of all time. The film features recent interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Graham Gouldman, Noel Gallagher (September 21st at Sala Luceafărul). "Scream of My Blood" (dir: Nate Pommer, Eric Weinrib, 2023) - An intimate portrait of punk legend Eugene Hutz, documenting the journey of the Ukrainian immigrant to the United States, his path to fame with the Gogol Bordello band, and his return to Ukraine after the Russian invasion (September 21st at Expirat, followed by a concert by the Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha). "Mutiny in Heaven" (dir: Ian White, 2023) - Documents the evolution of The Birthday Party, the cult band that propelled Australian artist onto the international stage through provocative performances (September 23rd at Control Club). "What You Could Not Visualize" (dir: Marco Porsia, 2022) - Tells the story of the ephemeral band Rema-Rema, part of the initial wave of post-punk bands formed between 1978-1980 (September 23rd at Control Club, with the director present). "CAN and ME" (dir: Michael P. Aust, Tessa Knapp, 2022) - Presents the intimate, poetic, and contrasting story of Irmin Schmidt, founder of the German band CAN, celebrating nonconformity, spontaneity, and vision. The documentary follows Schmidt's evolution from being a conductor and a student of famous composers Karl-Heinz Stockhausen and Gyorgy Ligeti to his work with CAN and then his contributions to film soundtracks and his passion for electronic music (September 24th at Control Club, with director Michael Aust in attendance).

Electronic music is also featured through documentaries "Electronic Vibrations - A Sound Changes The World" (dir: Thomas von Steinaecker, 2022) and "The Sound of Cologne" (dir: Kristina Schippling, 2022), both to be screened on September 23rd at Expirat.

The seventh edition of the DokStation Music Documentary Film Festival is organized by Wearebasca and the DokStation Association.

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