Whether they’re telling stories about different genres and movements or portraying the life and work of legendary musicians, music films provide an insight into creative processes and the context surrounding what we listen to.
Successfully marrying everyone’s favourite pop culture platforms, Musikfilm Festival is the place where sound and film meet. Showing new films alongside established classics, the festival covers various genres and more or less known musical personas. Now in its fourth year, Cinemateket’s Musikfilm Festival features not only movie screenings but also live performances, vinyl market and a quiz. All the events take place at Cinemateket.
The festival takes place from 2 – 10 April and shows more than 30 movies. Here are the six titles we’re most excited about!
Daft Punk Unchained
The festival opens with the BBC documentary on the most famous masked characters in the music world. Daft Punk Unchained follows the French duo’s path to global success, with cameos from the likes of Pharrell Williams, Giorgio Moroder and director Michel Gondry. We wouldn’t get our hopes too high for see who is beneath the masks though!
Sat, April 2nd, 4:30 pm
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
In honor of the departed legend, this year’s Music Film Festival is holding two screenings of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Capturing David Bowie’s last concert under the Ziggy Stardust moniker, the film makes for a powerful testament to pop music’s forever-inspiring chameleon.
Tue, April 5th, 9:45 pm
Sun, April 10th, 7:15 pm
The Possibilities Are Endless
Although he was a prominent figure in British indie music, singer Edwyn Collins is perhaps best known for his hit single “A Girl Like You.” In 2005, Collins unfortunately suffered aphasia caused by cerebral haemorrhage. The highly emotive and poetic film The Possibilities Are Endless tracks the singer’s fascinating recovery.
Wed, April 6th, 7 pm
Around The Velvet Underground
True fans of The Velvet Underground shouldn’t find it difficult to dedicate an entire evening to one of New York’s most influential bands, championed by none other than Andy Warhol. With a lecture on the band and documentaries on Lou Reed, John Cale and Nico, Around The Velvet Underground guarantees to get you immersed with the amazing work of these timeless musical innovators.
Around The Velvet Underground – Thu, April 7th, 7pm
Lou Reed: Rock & Roll Heart – Thu, April 7th, 8pm
John Cale – An Exploration of His Life and Music – Thu, April 7th, 9:45pm
Nico Icon – Thu, April 7th, 11pm
Heartworn Highways / Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film
This double bill is a special treat for Americana lovers. While the classic Heartworn Highways features the older generation of alt-country legends like Townes van Zandt, Apocalypse paints a portrait of an icon in the making. This tour film shows why fans of Bill Callahan consider him to be the most important singer-songwriter of our time. (Those who refuse to be converted to Callahanism because they belong to #teamBobDylan4life should probably just go see “The Other Side of the Mirror,” starring the man himself, instead.)
Wed, April 6th, 7:30 pm
Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay
Focusing on the founders of industrial music – Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and others, Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay sheds the light on the creation of the industrial movement, exploring the noisy connection between music and machines.
Tue, April 5th, 9:30 pm
For reservations and information on ticket prices, peep the Musikfilm Festival site.
What would be your picks? Tell us about it in the comments!
Cover image: Orange Juice