Ten feature-length music documentary films qualified for the competition DocFilmMusic at the 54th KFF.
DocFilmMusic, the youngest of the four competitions of Krakow Film Festival, takes place for the second time. The music documentary films submitted to the selection should be longer than 30 minutes. The winner of this section will get the Grand Prix award The Golden Heynal and a cash prize amounting to 20 000 zloty.
"Music film does not have to mean trifling," says Krzysztof Gierat, the Director of Krakow Film Festival. This year we have films about cultural phenomena and places, films documenting dreams of freedom, and poignant portraits of the loneliness of stars. From the loudspeakers in the festival cinemas we will hear very diverse sounds: beginning with flamenco, reggae, rap to jazz, rock and punk.
10 carefully selected films from Poland and abroad will vie in the competitions. Among them, there are world and international premières, and all films will be shown in Poland for the first time. "Bayou Maharaja" evokes the New Orleans piano virtuoso, nicknamed "the Black Liberace” because of skin colour, homosexual orientation and extravagant behaviour on stage. "My Prairie Home", Canadian music documentary filled up with moody songs bordering on indie rock and folk, tells the story about traumatic childhood, loss of faith and struggle with her own identity experienced by transsexual artist Rae Spoon. The authors of the film "Muscle Shoals” will take the viewers to the legendary recording studio in Alabama, which marked American rock, soul and R&B with its characteristic sound. The film, featuring a parade of stars such as Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan has already been appreciated by the viewers on the festivals in Sundance, Amsterdam and SXSW.
Rapacious and filmed with a hidden camera, "Rap Is War. Viva Cuba Libre" shows the struggle of music underground against the totalitarian system in Cuba, while the moving "Songs of Redemption" will reveal to us the amount of sensitivity of Jamaicans sentenced to long prison sentences. In Krakow cinemas we will also hear the untamed flamenco "Triana Pure and Pure", strong Polish punk from communist Poland ("For Being Alive"), the highest quality Bulgarian jazz ("Rainy Day") and Brazilian rhythms in the portrait of a virtuoso accordion player ("Dominguinhos").
An important event will certainly be "New Warsaw" by Bartosz Konopka, nominated for the Academy Award for "Rabbit a la Berlin". The film records a project by Stanisława Celińska and Royal String Quartet. New arrangements of popular songs about Warsaw are interwoven with a story about the actress, whose fate was united to the history of the capital city in a special way.
Apart from the DocFilmMusic competition, music documentaries will also be included in the non-competing section "Sound of Music" shown in the open air cinema Kino Pod Wawelem. Like last year, the music journalist Piotr Metz will watch over the programme of this section.
The lists of films qualified for the documentary, short film and Polish competitions will be announced later this week.
The list of films qualified for the feature-length music documentaries DocFilmMusic:
- Dominguinhos, dir. Joaquim Castro, Mariana Aydar, Eduardo Nazarian, 2014, 79 min. Brazil
- Bayou Maharajah, dir. Lily Keber, 2013, 98 min, USA
- My Prairie Home, dir Chelsea McMullan, 2013, 76 min, Canada
- The New Warsaw, dir. Bartosz Konopka, 2014, 69 min, Poland
- Songs of Redemption, dir. Amanda Sans, Miquel Galofre, 2013, 79 min, Jamaica, Spain
- Triana Pure and Pure, dir. Ricardo Pachón, 2013, 72 min, Spain
- Rap Is War, Viva Cuba Libre, dir. Jesse Acevedo, 2013, 79 min, Cuba, USA
- Muscle Shoals, dir. Greg Camalier, 2013, 112 min, USA
- Rainy Day, dir. Andrey Chertov, 2013, 78 min, Bulgaria
- For Being Alive, dir. Tomasz Nuzban, 2014, 71 min, Poland