Copenhagen, International Documentary Film Festival (CPH: DOX), which takes place in person from March 21 to April 3, revealed the composition of its music program Sound & Vision.
Among the highlights of the program, which contains 18 films as well Nick Cave documentary, a look at the rise and fall of Sinead O’Connor’s music career, story Leonard Cohenthe hit “Hallelujah” and an examination of an album created by artificial intelligence. There will also be music by Leonard Bernstein, Stockhausen, XXXTENTACTION and a feminist metal band from Lebanon.
Although people sang Cohen’s song “Hallelujah” for over 40 years, it failed when it was first released in 1984. “Hallelujah”, on which he worked for seven years.
Cave’s film “It’s a Lot I Know to Be True” focuses on an intimate concert experience, and gives an insight into his collaboration with his creative partner Warren Ellis and presents one of the musician’s other hobbies: creating devil sculptures.
In Nothing Compares, we follow O’Connor’s path from international pop star to expulsion from mainstream music, and engage in religion, gender identity, and a male-dominated music industry.
“Look at me!” explores how teenager Jahseh Onfroy became the rapper of SoundCloud XXXTENTACTION, one of the most popular artists in the world. Family, friends and romantic partners along with archival footage depict the artist, whose acts of violence, gross musical talent and open struggle against mental health have left their mark on the generation before the death of the rapper at the age of just 20.
Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson’s life was filled with drug abuse, cruelty and loss before he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. “Brian Wilson: The Long Promised Road” is a sensitive story about survival and the search for strength in music.
“Anonymous Club” tells the story of the wayward Australian singer and songwriter Courtney Barnett after three years of her touring life. The film is a sincere portrait of the artist’s creative process, concert experiences, anxiety and uncertainty.
Meet Me in the Bathroom is a revival of rock ‘n’ roll in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, featuring some of the greatest musicians of the zero years, with bands such as The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeah, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol and Television on the radio.
The American pop group YACHT is constantly presenting innovations and experimenting with ways of expressing their music. In “The Computer Accent”, the band puts their creative process in the hands of technology, creating an album using only artificial intelligence.
The first all-female metal band from the Middle East takes the stage at “Sirens” where dreams are big but opportunities are limited. The film follows the band’s path to becoming rock stars, battling friendship, love and the violent revolution that is erupting in Beirut.
The full CPH: DOX program will be announced on March 1st.
SOUND AND VISION
“My own sound” (Rebecca Zer, Germany)
After the death of his father, Maria follows in his footsteps to become a new figure in the band Embryo. Mary is torn between finding her own voice in music and being loyal to her late father.
Anonymous Club (Danny Cohen, Australia)
On the road with the lazy rock queen Courtney Barnett on a movie postcard about anything: from a quarter-life crisis and fear of the stage.
Bernstein’s Wall (Douglas Tyrol, USA)
Through interviews, television appearances, home videos and letters we get a complete portrait of one of the greatest American composers Leonard Bernstein.
“Brian Wilson: The Long-Promised Road” (Brent Wilson, USA)
Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson looks back on his life with drug abuse, unhealthy relationships, the loss of a family member and a life-changing diagnosis.
“Computer Accent” (Sebastian Pardo and Riel Roch-Dector, USA)
How does music created by artificial intelligence sound? American synth-pop group YACHT is embarking on a creative experiment: to allow a computer to compose their next album.
Dream Diver (Jonas Bang, Denmark)
The members of the Dream Diver band know each other from the school for children with special needs of Skavmaskolen. Under the guidance of their teachers, they found a common passion and joy of expressing themselves through music.
Freakscene (Philip’s Virus, Germany / USA)
An emotional, tragically funny and noisy tribute to one of America’s most influential East Coast groups, Dinosaur Jr.
“Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, Journey, Song” (Dan Geller and Dana Goldfin, USA)
Through archival footage from concerts, radio and TV interviews, we follow Leonard Cohen and the creation of the hit “Hallelujah”.
“LARSTHUG Vega Koncert – THE GREATEST LIVE” (Lars Skovgaard Laursen, Denmark)
Lars HUG’s last concert in 2016 at Vega was turned into a film concert.
Licht is Stockhausen’s Legacy (Oke Hoagendeik, The Netherlands)
The Dutch National Opera, the Dutch Festival and the Hague Royal Conservatory are staging the opera “Light” by the world-famous composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. The result was an opera marathon that lasts seven days.
“Look at me!” (Saba Folayan, USA)
Violence, gross musical talent and mental health problems. An exact portrait of the SoundCloud rapper XXXTENTACION, who left an imprint in his generation before his death at the age of 20.
Meet in the Bathroom (Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, UK)
With bands such as The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeah, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol and TV on the Radio, “Meet Me in the Bathroom” gives an insight into what’s called the rock and roll revival in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Mia (Isabel Castro, USA)
Doris Munoz is an ambitious young music manager whose undocumented family is counting on her ability to launch pop stars. If she loses her biggest client, Doris must find a new talent that leads to Jack – another daughter of immigrants, for whom “break through” is not just a dream, but a necessity.
“Nothing Compares” (Catherine Ferguson, USA / Ireland)
A portrait of musician Shined O’Connor, who has gone from an international pop star to an exile from mainstream music. Focusing on her rebellious behavior from 1987 to 1993, the film reflects on the musician’s legacy.
Rewind and Lose (Alain Gomis, France / Germany)
The great artist, who lives and breathes music, spun into a superficial media machine. Portrait of American jazz pianist Thelanius Monk.
Sirens (Rita Baghdadi, Lebanon)
On the outskirts of Beirut, Lilas and Gray, co-founders and guitarists of the women’s metal band, are battling friendship, sexuality and fury on their way to becoming rock stars.
“The Subhardchord – A Future Never Ever” (Ina Pilat, Norway / Germany)
The Subhardchord was invented in East Germany in the 1950s as a symbol of the technology race between East and West. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, Subhardcord was forgotten, and creator Gerhard Steinke is now trying to investigate what happened to the latest copies of his invention.
“I know it’s true” (Andrew Dominic, UK)
Responses to fan letters, sculptures of the devil’s life and intimate impressions of the concert. A documentary about Nick Cave and his creative collaboration with Warren Ellis.