Program - Competition

Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and All Music Has Disappeared

Director: Stefan Schwietert / Country: GER/CH/UK / Year: 2015 / Running time: 83 min /

Imagine waking up tomorrow morning and all music has disappeared. All musical instruments, all forms of recorded music, gone. A world without music. What is more, you cannot even remember what music sounded like or how it was made. You can only remember that it had existed and that it had been important to you and your civilisation. And you long to hear it once more. Then imagine people coming together to make music with nothing but their voices and with no knowledge of what music should sound like. The music they would make is that of The17.

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Dominguinhos

Director: Joaquim Castro, Eduardo Nazarian, Mariana Aydar / Country: BRA / Year: 2014 / Running time: 86 min

Sasvim osobno – upoznajte kralja brazilske glazbe!

Dominguinhos is an evocative and sensual portrait of legendary Brazilian composer, accordionist, and singer Dominguinhos (‘Little Dominic’). Through rare archival footage and vibrant musical clips with internationally known artists including Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Hermeto Pascoal, Djavan, Nara Leao,and Luiz Gonzaga, DOMINGUINHOS traces the path of a musical genius, and a trailblazer in introducing the world to contemporary Brazilian music. Born into an impoverished yet musically gifted family, Dominguinhos was an accordion prodigy who became a master of musical genres, known for popularizing Brazilian music as well as his work in genres of the bossa nova, tropicalia, funk, jazz, and more. Dominguinhos was a Brazilian national treasure who became an international sensation and brought vibrant and joyous Brazilian music to the world for over sixty years.

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Hot Sugar’s Cold World

Director: Adam Bhala Lough / Country: USA/FRA / Year: 2015 / Running time: 85 min /

From internationally acclaimed filmmaker Adam Bhala Lough, and Executive Producers David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Jody Hill, Hot Sugar’s Cold World is fly-on-the-wall look into the life of a modern-day Mozart, Nick Koenig (Hot Sugar) as he creates one-of-a-kind music made entirely out of sounds from the world around him. Nick lives every young musician’s dream, but when his internet- famous girlfriend, (rapper Kitty) goes on tour and they split, he flies to Paris where he grew up, to move on with his life, while hunting for increasingly unique and exotic sounds to sample and turn into beats. Through his journey, Hot Sugar goes on some crazy adventures, meets some fascinating people and learns what it takes to survive as an artist.  With appearances by former members of Das Racist, legendary filmmaker Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers, Only Lovers Left Alive), the world’s most renowned Astrophysicist and Science Communicator, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (Cosmos on FOX) and comedian Martin Starr (HBO’s Silicon Valley) among a host of other musicians and personalities. Official selection of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and 2015 Hot Docs Festival.

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Mad Tiger

Director: Jonathan Yi, Michael Haertlein / Country: JAP/USA / Year: 2015 / Running time: 82 min /

Peelander-Z isn’t your ordinary band. Once audiences see their outrageous onstage antics – human bowling, anyone? – and distinctive color-coded costumes, they might just start to believe the Japanese art-punk band’s claims of coming from another planet. After fifteen years of playing in NYC and touring around the country, Peelander Red decides to quit, upending the relationship with his best friend Peelander Yellow, and leading to dramatic changes in this one-of-a-kind, infectiously entertaining group.

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They Will Have To Kill Us First

Director: Johanna Schwartz / Country: UK / Year: 2015 / Running time: 105 min /

Music is the beating heart of Malian culture. But when Islamic hardliners took control of northern Mali in 2012, they enforced one of the harshest interpretations of sharia law in history and, crucially for Mali, they banned all forms of music.

Radio stations were destroyed, instruments burned and Mali’s musicians faced torture, even death.

Overnight, Mali’s revered musicians were forced into hiding or exile where most remain even now. But rather than lay down their instruments, the musicians are fighting back, standing up for their cultural heritage and identity. Through everything, they have used music as their weapon against the on-going violence that has left Mali ravaged. They Will Have To Kill Us First begins with musicians on the run, reveals rare footage of the jihadists, captures life at refugee camps, follows perilous journeys home to battle scarred cities, and witnesses our two female characters perform at the first public concert in Timbuktu since the music ban. The stories of these artists are told without gloss – they are sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes inspirational, and sometimes incredibly frustrating as we watch musicians make tough choices about their futures.

The situation in Mali forms part of an alarming trend: across the globe, extremists are attacking culture, art and freedom with increasing frequency and violence. They use religion to justify rampant destruction and murder. They Will Have To Kill Us First draws audiences into the human side of Mali’s conflict, watches events as they unfold and witnesses the impact on Mali’s musical community.

With a specially commissioned soundtrack from Mali’s most exciting artists, a score written by the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner, They Will Have To Kill Us First leaps headfirst into a tale of courage in the face of conflict.

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Raving Iran

Director: Susanne Regina Meures / Country: CH / Year: 2016 / Running time: 86 min /

Anoosh and Arash are at the center of Tehran’s underground techno scene. Tired of hiding from the police and their stagnating career, they organize one last manic techno rave under dangerous circumstances in the desert. Back in Tehran they try their luck selling their illegally printed album without permission.

When Anoosh is arrested, there seems to be no hope left. But then they receive a phone call from the biggest techno festival in the world. Arriving in Switzerland, they are overwhelmed by their own dream. Radio- and newspaper interviews, millions of ravers and other DJ’s catapult them into another sphere.

The haze of the instant euphoria evaporates quickly when the seriousness of the situation starts to dawn on them. With their visa expiring they have to make a decision: Should they stay in Europe or should they go back to Iran…?

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I Shoot Bi Kidude

Director: Andy Jones / Country: UK/Tanzania / Year: 2015 / Running time: 74 min /

In 2012, Bi Kidude, fast-talking, chain-smoking, rebel-rocker and reportedly the oldest performer on the world music stage, was kidnapped at the age of 102. Andy Jones, director of the award winning Kidude biopic „As Old As My Tongue, returned to Zanzibar to investigate. This intensely personal journey reflects on the life and death of a legend, and sees the director embroiled in the mystery of her last days on earth.

I Shot Bi Kidude feels both familiar and exotic. Part love story, part drama, and part reflection on the enduring impact of fame and film, it is a reminder to people everywhere to do what makes us happy, while we can.

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Spandau Ballet: Soul Boys Of The Western World

Director: George Hencken / Country: UK  / Year: 2014 / Running time: 110 min /

Soul Boys of the Western World is a voyage through the 80s in the company of Spandau Ballet, one of the decade’s most iconic bands. This archive-only documentary film tells the story of a group of working-class London lads who created a global music Empire, but at a price none of them imagined.

Including the band’s own home movies and showcasing newly discovered material, this film takes us into the heart of the era, and the cultural, political and personal landscape that formed the backdrop to the band’s story. It is a film that speaks not only to fans of the band or those who harbour nostalgia for the 1980s, but to anyone who has ever experienced friendship and loss.

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