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Programme of culture and music documentaries
Documentary films observing diverse cultural and musical subjects have always been a part of the core selection of BNFF’s programme. Already for the 10th year these films bring exotic rhythms, and portraits of art and culture events, undiscovered stars and intriguing personas into the dark nights of Estonian December. The convergence and synergy of three great forms of expression - static pictures, moving image and modulating frequencies of sound, formed by the vision of documentary filmmaker manifests a special feeling of enchantment in the cinema hall.
The current 10th birthday is a year of changes and it also applies to the selection of documentaries.
The goal of “Different Frequencies” is to provide more focus to the programme, and to form a separate and distinguishable entity within the main programme of the festival. A special atmosphere is definitely provided by a new screening location, Von Krahl Theatre, which operates on a daily basis as a recognized music venue.
The films belonging to this year’s programme are observing subcultures and individuals who at one hand oppose ideologically, but at the same time modulate and co-exist happily with the mainstream, sometimes influencing it to a great degree. The center point is movement, the happening and the persona - over polished imagery, poetic and carefully composed visuals have lost their importance.
“Face Addict” by photographer Edo Bertoglio is deeply touching personal insight into the new wave, punk and art scene of New York during the end of 70’s and beginning of 80’s. The movement was united by a supreme obsession on unlimited self expression and ... heroine. Julien Temple, who gained prominence by documenting Sex Pistols, has formed from 900 hours (!) of video footage an enthralling portrait of monstrous Glastonbury music festival and a gentlemanlike British farmer, who has organized it for years ("Glastonbury").
A special position is also held by films investigating the ideologies of different musical movements and subcultures. Sašo Podgoršek portraits legendary Slovenian industrial rock band Laibach (“Divided States of America”), and Jasmine Dellal observes recognised gypsy musicians. Both provide original insights into the lives of the artists as well as the devoted fans during the format of US concert tours (”When The Road Bends”).
Dennis Hennely and Casey Suchan (“Rock the Bells”) take notice what kind of superhuman powers are needed to organize a concert of uncontrollable hiphop group Wu-Tang Clan, and Paul Rachman investigates how hardcore punk was born in North America ("American Hardcore"). Through peculiar and truly Finnish humour Jouko Aaltonen draws a portrait of so call agit-bands, and their members who praised through Estrada pop world healing qualities in 1970’s Finnish welfare society (“Revolution”).
Kirby Dick’s “This Film is Not Yet Rated“ monitors on which unbelievable basis (or actually the absence of it) operates the all power rating body of MPAA in the USA. The “yes” verdict of the organisation guarantees potential cinema distribution, “no” destroys the last chance. But what are the criteria for judgement is unclear for both the filmmakers and the rating board itself.
Almost a metaphorical conclusion to the selection is formed by surprisingly poetical film “Life in Loops: A Megacities RMX” by Austrian media artist Timo Novotny. The “first remix” in cinema history, enchanting work that converges documentary filmmaking, VJ art and electronic soundtrack of internationally acclaimed “Sofa Surfers”, follows the relationship of the individual with the increasingly urbanizing environment in five mega-cities of the world. The film seeks the answer for the question - who will prevail, the man or the city?
Egocentricity inevitably makes one to forget and sometimes excludes frequencies differing from the mainstream. I sincerely hope that the special programme of art and music documentaries of 10th BNFF is able to meet its goal of generating enough healthy arrhythmic and joy of recognising or discovering new and different frequencies in the world.
Sten-Kristian Saluveer, Programme co-ordinator
DIVIDED STATES OF AMERICA
FABULOUS! THE STORY OF QUEER CINEMA
REVOLUTION / KENEN JOUKOISSA SEISOT
LIFE IN LOOPS: MEGACITIES RMX
THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO CINEMA
QUEENS OF SOUND
ROCK THE BELLS
THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED
WHEN THE ROAD BENDS... TALES OF A GYPSY CARAVAN