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160 metros, una historia del rock en Bizkaia

Álvaro Fierro, Joseba Gorordo - Spain – 2014 – 66’

The distance between the two sides of Bilbao river marks two different planets, and the left doesn’t bask in the sun. Eskorbuto and Zarama vs. the Getxo Sound. A film that speaks of social classes and cultural chasms, but also of urbanism, modernization and history.

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20,000 Days on Earth

Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard - United Kingdom – 2014 – 97’

Drama and reality join together in these fictional 24 hours in the life of the musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. Beyond being an intimate and honest portrait of the artistic process, this film looks into what makes us unique and celebrates the transforming capacities of a creative spirit. 

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A Spell To Ward Off the Darkness

Ben Rivers, Ben Russell - Estonia, France, Germany – 2013 – 95’

A spiritual journey. An anonymous protagonist searches for existential answers in three scenarios: A commune in Estonia, the forests of Finland and a black metal concert in Oslo. Neo-paganism, deafening music, untamable nature (nothing benign) and untravelled paths.

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American Interior

Dylan Goch - United Kingdom – 2014 – 88’

Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) goes looking for John Evans, an ancestor of his who left Wales in 1792 in search of an Indian tribe that spoke Welsh. Rhys retraces his adventure along the length and breadth of the American interior through gags, fantasy, PowerPoints and pop.

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Angels & Dust

Hector Herrera - Panama, Spain – 2013 – 79’

Mauricio, brother of DJ Professor Angel Dust, jailed in Panama for drug trafficking, travels there to take custody of his daughter. A diabolical epic plagued with violence, amorality, gangsters, cocaine and apocalypses. Maximum-risk documentary-making in the heart of the shadows.

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As the Palaces Burn

Don Argott - United States – 2014 – 90’


A film about the metal group Lamb of God and its worldwide fans turns into a thriller when Randy Blythe (its singer) is accused of murder, following the death of a fan in the Czech Republic. A disturbing drama packed with emotion, twists and turns and deafening rock n roll.

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Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard

Richard Lowenstein, Lynn-Maree Milburn - Australia – 2011 – 110’

A panegyric. Rowland S. Howard was the gothic aristocrat of The Birthday Party, “elegant and spoilt”. A portrait (of Dorian Gray), which idealizes and humanizes him through his vision, heart, addiction, glory and genius. Nick Cave, Lydia Lunch and Thurston Moore celebrate the sinister prince.

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BCN, ¿Sello Discográfico?

Alicia Álvarez , Isabel Francoy - Spain – 2014 – 48’

A film made on iPhone and Super 8 that analyses the creative cauldron that is Barcelona. The nexus is electronic music. David M, Downliners Sekt, Clip!, Wooky, Abu Sou, Uxuka & Dr.Res and Alizzz ask: Is there a Barcelona sound? Has its spatial context an influence on it?

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Beautiful Noise

Eric Green - United States – 2014 – 87’


A master class on noise guitar. All the groups great and small (Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Ride, Slowdive...) explained with patience and profoundness. Trent Reznor, Robert Smith and Billy Corgan join the analysis. 

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Breadcrumb Trail

Lance Bangs - United States – 2014 – 93’

, the crucial Slint album, takes an unsettling form. But this is not merely a making of. The culture of de Louisville, confabulation of punk traditions, crazy kids in a town of whackos. Insular energy, private jokes, a bizarre record. The impossible sound of 1991.

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Broken Song

Claire Dix - Ireland – 2013 – 67’

A further example of hip-hop as a lifeline: this time among problematic teens from Dublin’s roughest neighbourhood. A moving tale of solidarity and friendship, of guys –Costello, Willa, GI  – searching for a light. Filmed with great beauty and unbelievable rhythm. 

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Conducting Mahler

Frank Scheffer - Netherlands – 1995 – 73’

A Mahler festival in 1995 celebrates the complete cycle of symphonies by the Austrian composer. Illustrious conductors (Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, Riccardo Chailly...) examine the maestro’s theatricality, humour… and perpetual sadness. And how to perform it.

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Dexys: Nowhere is Home

Kieran Evans, Paul Kelly - United Kingdom – 2014 – 90’

Kevin Rowland makes a moral inventory. Self-crucifixion in concert. Heavenly Films captures Dexys’ comeback. Rowland atones for his sins through word and song: “Incapable of love”, “What she’s like” and “Tell me when my lights turn green”. It’s OK, Kevin. It will all work out fine, in the end.

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Europe in 8 bits

Javier Polo Gandía - Spain – 2013 – 77’

“Super Mario on LSD”. The scene of primitive chip scrap merchants that recycle Nintendos and Game Boys with perverse intentions: new music! A film that transcends the alienness of a private club and becomes a monument to a beautiful (and egalitarian) art. 


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Finding Fela!

Alex Gibney - United States – 2014 – 120’


Fela Kuti on Broadway? A shocking, highly educational and funk-filled biography that intertwines the real story of the Nigerian musician and the musical about his life. Polygamy, rebellion, protest and departure. Questlove and Tony Allen, among others, celebrate the reckless king.

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Frank Zappa - Phase II - The Big Note

Frank Scheffer - Netherlands – 2002 – 89’


“Without deviation from the norm, progress is impossible”, said Zappa. George Duke, Gail Zappa and Dweezil Zappa show us the artist as a musician first and foremost, and not as a freak or a natural-born troublemaker. Includes fascinating footage of a barefaced Zappa playing a bicycle.

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Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender

Rhys Thomas - United Kingdom – 2012 – 85’

His solo journey, without Queen, from 1985 until his death in 1991. Ballet, opera, the appearance of the moustache, the discovery of gay hedonism, one unreleased duet with Rod Stewart and another with Michael Jackson, Montserrat Caballé and “Barcelona”. Whispers and wonders. Intimate and revealing.

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Wim van der Aar - Netherlands – 2013 – 50’

A 100% Dutch youth subculture. Gabbers, hardcore for life: a great chronicle of identity, power, enthusiasm and extreme youth. Gabbers! Analyzes music (techno at 200 bpm), clubs, rituals, speed, eternal weekends and a dance, the Hakken. A secret world that had consequences. 

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Gozaran - Time Passing

Frank Scheffer - Germany, Netherlands – 2011 – 87’


“I’m going to make the impossible, possible”, or Mahler in the Persian world. The story of how director Nader Mashayekhi founded a classical music orchestra in Iran. His interrupted (and dangerous dream) becomes a film filled with poetry and change. 

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Heaven Adores You

Nickolas Dylan Rossi - United States – 2014 – 96’

Fame requires a suit of armour, but Elliott Smith forgot to wear his plates. This film establishes a connection between Good Will Hunting, the Oscars and the defenceless singer-songwriter’s suicide. A punk life explained by lifelong friends that touches the heart. He simply wasn’t made for the business.

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