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  • LIBERACE – THE KING OF BLING

    LIBERACE – THE KING OF BLING

    He was an icon, flamboyant pianist, egomaniac, showman par excellence: Liberace – the King of Bling – enjoyed an unparalleled career. The salon pianist turned megastar lived the American dream, but it was a life of unmatched paradox and eccentricity. He was an icon, flamboyant pianist, egomaniac, showman par excellence: Liberace – the King of Bling, led his life in the fast lanes between Hollywood, Las Vegas and Palm Springs. In the middle of the Californian desert, where Hollywood stars […]

  • REVOLUTION OF SOUND – TANGERINE DREAM

    REVOLUTION OF SOUND – TANGERINE DREAM

    Edgar Froese, electronic music pioneer and founder of the band Tangerine Dream, was on a lifelong mission to find the ultimate sound. A tribute to the musician, who died in 2015, and to the era of electronic music. “Tangerine Dream is science fiction!” Electronic music pioneer Edgar Froese founded the band Tangerine Dream at the end of the 1960s. He was on a lifelong mission to find the ultimate sound. He used heartbeats and breathing sounds, and experimented with synthesizers […]

  • METAL POLITICS TAIWAN

    METAL POLITICS TAIWAN

    From rock star to politician. Freddy Lim, Taiwan’s most political heavy metal singer, pursues his own unique career from passionate stage performer to active member of parliament. We accompany him for one year. Shaking his long hair and yelling hoarsely into the microphone, Freddy Lim from Taiwan is in his element performing on stage as the lead singer of his heavy metal band. But he’s no less passionate about his political career. In 2015, he founded the New Power Party […]

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  • TOKIO HOTEL – BEYOND THE WORLD

    TOKIO HOTEL – BEYOND THE WORLD

    With millions of records sold, the German band TOKIO HOTEL became a teenage sensation, first in Germany and then internationally. A close-up portrait of a band that has grown up and follows its own, highly individual path. At the age of nine, German twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz decided they wanted to become famous. By the time they were twelve, they had formed a band together with Gustav Schäfer and Georg Listing that went on to conquer the world as […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

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