Musik Film Marathon: Finissage

Musik Film Marathon: Finissage Since April 10th, the second Musik Film Marathon has featured around 40 events in Berlin, from feature films to experimental films to documentaries. Tonight the festival will close with two extraordinary events, taking place at two extraordinary locations. First at Martin-Gropius-Bau. The German movie Ein Großer Garaublauer Vogel, directed by acclaimed film-maker Thomas Schamoni will be screened. It features actors such as Klaus Lemke, Rolf Becker and Marquart Bohm, to name a few. The score was written by genre-defining krautrockers Can, and the soundtrack also includes their track ‘She Brings the Rain’, which was later featured in Wim Wenders‘ 1994 film Lisbon Story, Oskar Roehler’s Die Unberührbare (2000) and Tran Anh Hung‘s film Norwegian Wood (2010).

The screening of the movie will be followed by a talk between Heiner Mühlenbrock and Irmin Schmidt from Can, both of whom will be speaking about various soundtracks Can has been working on in the last decades. Finally, there will be a party at the infamous .HBC celebrating the end of the second Musik Film Marathon with DJs such as Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten), Thomas Wydler (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), Frank Behnke (ex –MUTTER) and Max Dax (Electronic Beats).

Come, watch and dance!

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Documentary fever

Documentary fever The Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival is always a great excuse for many Praguers to get out of the city for a while, spending their days at a movie marathon and nights partying in the infamous film-fest tent until the wee hours. Jihlava is simply a great get-together for filmmakers and fans alike to hobnob and worship the art of cinema.

This year, there’s Wim Wenders‘ 3D feature Pina, Athina Rachel Tsangari’s triumphant drama Attenberg, The Night Watchman a film quietly depicting the reality ravaged by incessant drug wars in Mexico. Then there’s a great showcase of experimental cinema, films dealing with the Isreali-Palestinian issue and reality tv as well as a comprehensive showcase of Czech and Central European docs. A special section is dedicated to the American videoartist and electronic performer Bill Viola and to Lilian Schwartz, a trailblazer of computer-made experimental films.

The festival starts today, October 25th, and continues until October 30th, 2011.

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