During this festival, we will be showing around 40 artistically outstanding music-films from across 60 years (1950-2010/11).
Produced in Europe, Africa, India, Japan and the USA these films reflect not only the developments in contemporary cinematic language and the progressions of each musical genre, but also the context and historical impact of each production.
The programme includes selected classics of music-film, as well as numerous premieres, which will be introduced by their directors. Our venue for this year’s MUSIC-FILM-MARATHON is DIE KURBEL, Giesebrecht Straβe 4, 10629 Berlin-Charlottenburg, founded in 1935 as Berlin´s first cinema for soundfilms.
Our opening film will be Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Auschwitz opera THE PASSENGER, based on the homonymous novel by Zofia Posmysz. Although the opera was written as early as 1967, this unjustly forgotten key-work was only first staged in 2010 in the Austrian city of Bregenz, under the direction of David Pountney. As part of MUSIC-FILMMARATHON 2011, however, we are able to give the film (directed by Felix Breisach) its Berlin premiere, courtesy of UNITEL CLASSICA.
With kind permission of the television channels ZDF and Arte, we will be premiering the fascinating documentary MIKIS THEODORIS. KOMPONIST (Mikis Theodoris. Composer) by Asteris Kutulas and Klaus Salge. The film will be broadcast on May 9th 2011. Further gems in our programme include the premiere showings of the Danish film JAZZ CAFÉ MONMARTRE by Christian Braad Thomsen, Ingo Rudolff’s DIE POESIE DES GERÄUSCHES (‘The Poetry of Sound’) as well as MOHAMMED JIMMY MOHAMMED TRIO & HAN BENNIK by Stéphane Jourdain.
Other highlights include Carrie de Swan’s film MUSIC IS THE AIR I BREATHE, portraying the concert singer and composer Cathy Berberian, CHARISMA X by Efi Xirou about the Greek composer Iannis Xenakis and ELECTRIC HEART: DON ELLIS, THE MAN, HIS TIMES, HIS MUSIC by Jon Vizzusi.
Further information about these and other films due to receive their Berlin premieres as part of MFM 2011 can be found in the listings on the following pages. Another major premiere is the ALBERT-MANGELSDORFF FILM-ROLL, a 276- minute work, put together by Christian Wagner and Michael Rüsenberg, making it the longest contribution to this year’s MUSIC-FILM-MARATHON. Its author Michael Rüsenberg and trombonist Nils Wogram will present this titanic work on Sunday, April 3. The MUSIC FILM MARATHON is Digital in Berlin highly recommended!
MUSIK FILM MARATHON
28.03. – 10.04. 2011
Die Kurbel | Giesebrechtstr. 4 | 10629 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Tickets (Film): € 7,- | reduced € 6,- | € 5,- (for children)
Film pass 150,- | Tickets (concerts): € 8,- | Admission fee workshop: € 65,-