Turin’s Seeyousound hosts ten days of film and music
- The fifth edition of the first Italian festival dedicated to music-themed films will unspool from 25 January-3 February, with 90 movies and music videos, and a focus on the Berlin party scene
Film and music are about to make merry together again in Turin, at the fifth edition of Seeyousound, which is being held from 25 January-3 February at the Massimo Cinema. The first Italian festival dedicated exclusively to music-themed films, organised by the Choobamba Association in conjunction with the National Film Museum, will open with a documentary that pays tribute to the Berlin party scene: Symphony of Now by Johannes Schaff.
A total of 44 titles – 21 of which will be enjoying their Italian premieres – are in competition in the Long Play Feature, Long Play Doc, 7Inch (shorts) and Soundies (music videos) sections. Among the six fiction features we find Lords of Chaos [+see also:
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film profile] by Jonas Arkelund, about one of the most infamous affairs in the history of Norwegian black metal; Ted – A Moon of My Own by Hannes Holm, centring on Ted Gärdestad, a prodigious figure in Swedish pop music in the 1970s, as he grappled with the dark shadows of his own psyche; and Gundermann [+see also:
film profile] by Andreas Dresen, which tells the story of German singer-songwriter Gerhard Gundermann, a communist construction worker whose songs bring back to life the years either side of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Best Fiction Film Award is endowed with a total of €1,000.
Titles standing out in the documentary competition include Where Are You, João Gilberto?, presented at Locarno, in which France’s Georges Gachot, who will be a guest at the festival, paints a suggestive portrait of musician and bossa nova creator João Gilberto; French Waves by Julien Starke, about the oh-so-French fusion of house and techno; from the Cannes Film Festival, Le Grand Bal [+see also:
film profile] by Laetitia Carton, which whisks us away to the heart of France, where, every July, more than 2,000 people get together to partake in folk dances for seven days and seven nights; and Rude Boy, about the birth of Trojan Records, the first British reggae/ska record label, which will be introduced in the movie theatre by its director, Nick Davies. An award worth €1,000 will also be bestowed upon the Best Documentary.
Moreover, the jam-packed Seeyousound programme also includes two international showcases entitled Rising Sound and Into the Groove. The former, dedicated to the close bond between music and history, includes titles such as Scream for Me Sarajevo by Tarik Hodzic, which relives the Iron Maiden concert that took place during the Siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s, and the Polish-German movie Ethiopiques – Revolt of the Soul by Maciej Bochniak, about a group of Ethiopian jazz musicians who instigated a genuine revolution in the 1960s. Meanwhile, the second showcase is a giant treasure trove of highly varied stories and characters: from mainstream films such as Whitney [+see also:
film profile] by Oscar-winning director Kevin MacDonald, about famous pop icon Whitney Houston, to the doc Manchester Keeps on Dancing by Javi Senz, another guest at Seeyousound (and also due to DJ at the gathering), which examines how house music crossed the Atlantic from Chicago to Manchester in the 1980s, via Hansa Studios: By the Wall 1976-90 by Mike Christie, about the renowned Berlin-based studios that witnessed the birth of artists of the likes of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Depeche Mode, Nick Cave and U2 between 1976 and 1990.
Among the master classes, one entitled “Berlin 1989-2019 – Art and Music Narrate”, organised in conjunction with the IAAD-Turin University of Design and Sky Arte, will offer an in-depth look at the festival’s primary focus: the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and its influence on music and art.
(Translated from Italian)
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