Electronic Beats by Telekom presents: We Are Modeselektor, a film by Romi Agel & Holger Wick.
What’s the “Seilscheibenpfeiler”? What is the origin of the first Modeselektor tracks? Where is Monkeytown? Why is riding a coach more fun than flying? These and many more questions will be answered with the documentary film We Are Modeselektor.
In 72 minutes, filmmakers Romi Agel and Holger Wick tell the story of Modeselektor as a post-German reunification movie, a travel report, and a portrait of the special friendship between Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary all in one. We Are Modeselektor is the story of two men, possessed by techno, who took their massive beats from their small hometown village to the world. And it’s a story that has only just begun.
Public Screenings (see links below for ticket info):
April 30 / Berlin (GER) / Kino International – Exclusive world premiere presented by Electronic Beats
May 08 / Munich (GER) / Gabriel Filmtheater
May 09 / Vienna (AUS) / Ottakringer Brauerei
May 17 / London (UK) / Roundhouse
May 19 / Boston (USA) / Museum of Fine Arts
May 24 / Paris (FR) / La Machine du Moulin Rouge
June 13-15 / Barcelona (ES) / Sonar Cinema at Sonar Festival (3 screenings)
June 19-23 / Cologne (GER) / C/O Pop
Modeselektor play our festival in Poznań on April 26th. Read some of our recent interviews with them here and here. Check out our YouTube playlist below, featuring footage of Modeselektor and Moderat (Modeselektor and Apparat) playing live, plus our Moderat Slices DVD feature.
Have you ever dreamed about a long road trip through the most beautiful places in Europe? In 2011, twenty-three year old filmmaker Levente Klara and his friends recorded his 2040 mile-long bike ride through six countries, from Madrid to Budapest. Cycle Me Home is more than just a film, it’s about being an active part of a strong community. An open mind and a biking lifestyle are cohesive driving forces behind the project, which will make its debut on April 6th accompanied by Italian producer Dusty Kid’s album release party.
How did the idea for the road trip and the documentary start?
I’m graduating from the University of Film and Theater Budapest and spent six months last year in Madrid with the Erasmus program. Before I left to the Spanish capital, I had the idea to ride back, so I brought my bike to Madrid. My Spanish classmates and biker friends urged me to set up a crew, including my friends Daniel Vérten (director, the film Cycle Me Home is his diploma work) and Máté Pálla (dop). Scheduled for the final day of the prestigious ECMC (European Cycle Messenger Championship 2012) in Madrid, we departed thirty-eight days before the start of Sziget Festival in Budapest.
People were enthusiastic about being involved?
Lot of friends volunteered in Madrid. At the last moment we also got a sponsored van from Mali Budapest. More than ten people wanted to join the ride, but in the end it was only six. Adam, my Spanish-Danish bike partner, accompanied me the whole way, and also made the route and time plan. He was the serious guy who always woke me up in the morning. This tour was his personal challenge, just like it was mine, because we didn’t have any experience doing long-distance trips by bike. We also had two drivers as well as the filmmaker duo. In each city new people joined us for a short-distance ride, celebrating the project and having fun together.
Did you feel satisfied when you arrived successfully?
I really needed something like this. 2040 miles through six countries on a fixed-gear was a challenge. But actually it could have been anything. I’m satisfied with the fact I could make an idea into reality. Everything else has been developed automatically. We just made a project out of this trip, and then people joined and made the project grow into a community.
What was the biggest change this trip has made in participants’ life?
We got to know lot of people on the road who have good memories about meeting us and became part of a community. My life has changed, too. Aside from successfully facing a big challenge, I’ve become very much involved with the biking subculture. Now I’m a bike messenger! The biggest change (that I know about) happened in the Slovenian graphic designer Neza’s life. She joined us in Ljubljana as a fan who came across the project on Facebook. Then a bit later she moved here and launched the designer label Blind Chic together with my other friend, fashion designer Júlia Vesmás. They’re producing bike bags now.
What do you plan for the future?
We like the idea of this evolving into a kind of movement. We see that it’s now much more like just a simple trip or a fun documentary. This is about community, participation, co-creation and delivering a message: Set your goals and reach them, and realize your dreams. We represent this statement through the cycling lifestyle. We’d like to organize other trips, too, but after the upcoming film premier.
The young Italian techno producer Dusty Kid provided his new album Beyond That Hill as the soundtrack for Cycle Me Home. How did he come into the picture?
Actually I accidentally found his music. I like his tunes and came across the news last year that he was going to release his new album, so I emailed him about our project and that we’d like to use his tracks for the feature film. The management liked the idea and things turned out much better than expected. Dusty Kid is also playing at the album launch party. In addition we’re preparing an exclusive installation of bikes with special visual mapping.
The Cycle Me Home film celebrates its premiere on April 6th at Merlin Theater in Budapest followed by Dusty Kid’s Beyond That Hill album release party.
PressPausePlay is a new documentary directed by David Dworsky and Victor Köhler. Featuring Moby, Apparat, Seth Godi and others who are involved in the creation of art in the digital age, the film collects the views of many creative who offer their individual takes on the gargantuan cultural and technological shifts that have take placeover the last decade. The film offers are no clear answers just plenty of insightful voices looking forward to an exciting, uncharted future. Anyone involved or interested in contemporary culture should take some time to watch it.
Austrian director Paul Poet’s new documentary is about so-called Micronations – communities that have declared themselves independent but without being recognized by the United Nations or any government. Maybe you have heard of the pirate radio station on Sealand or Christiania in Copenhagen. There are more than 500 other communities like this across the world and the number is growing.
We sat down with Paul Poet to talk about the film.
First of all: Congratulation to your great movie. I really liked it. But I cannot get rid of one thought. Financing must have been hell right?
Well it ate up eight years of my life all in all. Exposing myself to the then widely unknown phenomenon of counter worlds. Researching and getting closer and more intimate with this ideologically different and vastly paranoid subculture and then scratching the money together. The last one sure ate up most of the time. Far more than filming itself! Now it has developed into a whopper with three production companies from three different European countries plus some TV-stations. And the more the so-called “big ones” are involved, the more hassles you have to wade through to deliver a personal, uncompromising vision on the silver screen. And I think I did!
There are a several hundred so-called micro nations all over the world. Was it hard to select just six?
Yes. There are a vast wave of these subcultures pulling together. I always name it a positive or creative corrosion of the western industrial world order. And these people aren’t dropping out like it was imagined around 1968 with their sovereign enclaves, the islands far beyond civilization. Today there is no “innocent” or “unspoiled” land, that isn’t taken and used by global powers and rules. The interesting thing is to claim it for yourself and secede from the known system. Be it by claiming your own kingdom, principality, eco-village, squat, commune or pirate raft. Whatever! All you need by international rule is to fulfill the convention of Montevideo from the 1930s which defines the state as a clear territory with borders, a clear mass of factual inhabitants which may be one, a set of legal or social rules and the will to exchange with the outer world and other countries. That’s all! Meaning anybody can claim to be his own state, even on his own couch or in his apartment or house with garden.
I didn’t know about that. It must have been hard to have only a limited amount of time to feature such a broad variation of Micronations.
No, the selection of stories for the movie was easy. I had personally met over 40 of these counter-societies. Afterwards the mindset was clear: To show the diversity of this protest movement which very much like Occupy and Company incorporates people from all ideologies and ages. 80 year old grannies to 15 year old hooligans from the extreme left to the extreme right with a whole lot of the disoriented political middle class in-between, I wanted to dive into this whole range of diversity without having a biased view. It turned out to be a very complex baroque mindfuck and at the same time very light-footed, sensual and pop-cultured. I was always interested in the combination of pop and serious political issues.
Are the rumors about your next project true? I heard you are working on Minus-Mann.
True, true! I’ve currently finished two scripts, which are financing; a portrait of the troubles and decompositions that Europa will face this year with a special eye on creative civil disobedience. This baby is called Revolt! And I am producing it with Allegro Film (We feed the World!, Dead in 3 Days) and have written it with famed political journalist Corinna Milborn, known for her books on the fortress Europe and human slave trading. Der Minus-Mann, or Unman as the international version will be called, is supposed to be my feature film debut which is currently financing and settling co-production deals on an international level. It is the cinema version of one of the most bedeviled, infamous and best–sold novels ever to come out of Austria. A merciless autobiography of an alcoholic and deeply troubled pimp, who was known as the most psychopathic and cruelest guy dealing with forced prostitution on Vienna’s red-light-district of the 1960s and 1970s.
This last question is kinda inevitable. How was working with Christoph Schlingensief on his project Foreigners out?
Big guess. It was incredible! Very loose and very free cause things were moving very fast then. You know, the whole idea of opposing the extreme right-wing drift of Austria’s government in 2000 when Haider came into mainstream power by creating a public concentration camp that worked like a Big Brother-Entertainment machine to throw asylum seekers out of the country, was created only few weeks before it happened and kept secret. Christoph who had known me for creating the first online film festival in Europe way back then, had asked me if it was possible to create the event also on the net to have a virtual container as part of the system. And regarding that, I worked quite freely as birds of a feather where I directed the whole live-stream transmission, where six surveillance cameras and two film teams where edited live into one stream, wrote almost all online texts and invented press releases and the daily short movie résumés of the mayhem. It was good!
Since filmmaking became digital, some of the greatest filmmakers from David Lynch to Chan-wook Park (Paranmanjang is entirely filmed with an iPhone) have shown, it’s not the end of filmmaking, but the end of an era. Many things have changed. Just like the concepts of music industry with it’s affordable bedroom studios and net-labels, making films has now become way easier, too. One result of this development is, that there are many bad YouTube videos. But the other side of the coin shows, there are pearls to be found like the documentary VINYL: Tales from the Vienna Underground. As the title suggests this film gives a wide introduction to the different upper class and underground music scenes in Vienna. British filmmaker Andrew Standen-Raz not only features underground kings like Rokko Anal & the Coathangers alongside artists from a growing experimental scene like Fru Fru, he also talks to some of the local heroes such as Kruder & Dorfmeister and Patrick Pulsinger.
Take the chance to watch the documentary about Vienna, which has already been shown in ten different countries and been translated into five languages in the old schoolis atmosphere of Top Kino. Get the dates and times here
Top Kino Wien, Rahlgasse 1, 10 p.m.
Every day until Thursday, January 12th 2012