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  • WE WERE KINGS

    WE WERE KINGS

    Music drama about a group of youths from the German provinces who make it to LA with their band – but fail disastrously. As adults, they overcome their personal demons to make music again. And they stay friends. “We swear we’ll be the best rock band ever,” they scribbled immodestly on the back of their demo tape in 2000. “If you don’t believe us, fuck off!” The recipients were the biggest record labels in America, the senders: UNION YOUTH, a […]

  • A TALE OF SINGERS AND MURDERERS

    A TALE OF SINGERS AND MURDERERS

    A song contest behind bars. Drug dealers, thieves and murderers jailed in Russia’s many prisons sing of homesickness, love, war and forgiveness. They dream of taking part in the traditional Kalina Krasnaya contest. They sing about homesickness, love, war and forgiveness: drug dealers, thieves and murderers jailed in Russia’s many prisons and penal camps. And they all dream of taking part in the prison song contest Kalina Krasnaya. Each of Russia’s 700,000 prisoners has the opportunity to participate, but only […]

  • PURE LOVE – THE VOICE OF ELLA FITZGERALD

    PURE LOVE – THE VOICE OF ELLA FITZGERALD

    Focusing on the phenomenon of her extraordinary voice, this film pays tribute to ‘The First Lady of Song’ – Ella Fitzgerald – on what would have been her 100th birthday on 25 April 2017. Ella Fitzgerald’s voice is a phenomenon and unrivalled to this day. She had absolute pitch and perfect intonation. Ella’s voice spanned three octaves, her phrasing seemed effortless, and the odd moments in her nearly sixty-year career when she sang off-key were few and far between. There […]

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  • BILLIE HOLIDAY – A SENSATION

    BILLIE HOLIDAY – A SENSATION

    April 7, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of jazz singer Billie Holiday (1915-1959). A worthy occasion to honour the unforgettable jazz icon. Her life was a roller-coaster ride and has since been the subject of countless myths, legends and rumours. She found true happiness only in music. She lived for jazz and gave it all she had to give. She loved to associate and perform with musicians. The rest of her life was characterised by pain, humiliation, […]

  • THE MUSIC’S OVER – DEATH AND DYING IN POP MUSIC

    THE MUSIC’S OVER – DEATH AND DYING IN POP MUSIC

    From psychedelic rock in the 1960s and the 1970s’ punk movement to the gloomy dark wave of the 1980s and gangsta rap in the 1990s: artists from the various decades explain their relationship with dying and death. The connection between death and rock music is a subject that has always fascinated us – not least against the background of the early deaths of such rock giants as Jim Morrison, Sid Vicious and Amy Winehouse. But death, too, is subject to […]

  • SINGERS ON THE HIGH SEAS

    SINGERS ON THE HIGH SEAS

        The best newcomers to the opera scene from Australia, Canada, France, Poland, Russia, South Korea and the USA compete against each other in an extraordinary and exciting singing competition on a luxury cruise ship. This 4-part documentary captures the most exciting and high-class contest of the musical world. During the singing competition Stella Maris, the most renowned newcomers to the international opera scene meet up for a strong-voiced battle on the high seas: Who will ultimately win? Who […]

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  • STEVIE WONDER – SOUL GENIUS

    STEVIE WONDER – SOUL GENIUS

    The fascinating story of one of the greatest soul geniuses of our time: Stevie Wonder Blind musician, Stevie Wonder is already recognised – in his own lifetime – as one of the greatest and most thrilling live artists of all time. The success of such pop classics as “Isn’t She Lovely”, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” or “Superstition” has made him immortal, for fans and critics alike. Both his personality and his music reflect a battle for independence: […]

  • MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S TANGO

    MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S TANGO

    A music-laden, humorous cinema documentary, capturing the many comic and charming moments when musicians from two worlds come together. Tango was born in Buenos Aires and no one dances tango as passionately as the Argentineans do – that, at least is what the Argentineans themselves believe. Tango is as Finnish as sauna and skiing – that is what the famous Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki and many of his fellow countrymen are convinced of. Two countries, two opinions, two musical traditions. […]

  • MICHAEL JACKSON – A LIFE BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE

    MICHAEL JACKSON – A LIFE BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE

    This documentary explores the phenomenon that was Michael Jackson and the factors that were critical in his rise from blue-collar boy from Gary, Indiana, to the biggest superstar of all time. We also discuss the fact that the colour of his skin, the very thing that made the public presence of coloured artists an issue, actually got lighter over the course of his career. His facial structure also changed dramatically. These transformations were always dogged by innumerable interpretations and much […]

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  • POP ON THE ROCKS

    POP ON THE ROCKS

    Discover the pop-cultural evolution and emancipation of a country, which is a cultural breaking point between Europe and America. Where education, life expectancy and sustainable production of energy are concerned, Iceland is a leading force to be reckoned with. Where music is concerned, the Nordic mini-country is a study in greatness. Iceland – most of all its capital Reykjavík – is a microcosm and a laboratory for creative individuals and adventurous musicians. Reykjavík is the home of about 400 bands […]