15 Corners of the WorldOriginal title: 15 stron świata | PL 2014 | Dir. Zuzanna Solakiewicz | 76 min
Eugeniusz Rudnik revolutionized the idea of music itself with a pair of scissors and a magnetic tape. As part of the legendary Experimental Studio of Polish Radio, he revealed hidden value in rough and rejected sounds long before the rise of the DJs. In an era of electronic music created in a workshop resembling a scientific lab, he composed music to reach and to portray other human beings. 15 Corners of the World is an attempt to hear the vision of his music. Following the rhythms of architecture, the human body, and the throbbing pulse of nature we discover a new reality. We touch the sound. Moving images reveal a miracle that emerged in the age of tape recorders and disappeared with the advent of computers. They express the wonder of the analogue era – the urge to experiment, to discover new territory, explore the borderlands, and constantly search for new means of expression. Guests: Zuzanna Solakiewicz, Zvika Gregory Portnoy (cinematographer)
31 Endings / 31 BeginningsOriginal title: 31 konců/31 začátků | CZ 2011 | Dirs: RAFANI | 84 min
The film 31 Endings/31 Beginnings is the film debut of the Rafani art collective. The film provides a mapping of Prague’s mostly “underground” culture. It has the form of a cinematic treatise. Individual parts are ordered in a numerical sequence one after another. Their succession gives rise to a metaphorical movement, which can be described as a movement from the city periphery to the city center or a direction towards power and consciousness. Guests: RAFANI
A Room of One’s Own: Work in Progress ScreeningSK 2013–2016 | Dir: Paulina Mačáková
This upcoming documentary portrays particular and diverse dark electronic producers from a small provincial town in the middle of Europe – Bratislava. Referencing Virginia Woolf’s famous essay of the same name, the film makes the case for creating spaces for independent cultural production. Director Paulina Mačáková will present exclusive excerpts of her work in progress.
Guest: Paulina Mačáková
Balta AlbaRO 2016 Dir: Silviu Munteanu 60 min
Over 3 decades of music, one neighborhood: Balta Alba, Bucharest. Balta Alba is located in the southeastern district of Bucharest, the Metropolis at the edge of the Eastern World, capital of Romania. Once a posh neighborhood in the 1960s, highrises for workers in the nearby factories went up, making Balta Alba’s population quite diverse.
The documentary reveals the lives of musicians and other artists, real people, and stories about their careers and the social and cultural environment that affected their lives. Balta Alba means over 30 years of artistic and creative work and sad and funny stories.
Featuring major rock band Iris, banned three times under Ceausescu, hip hip pioneer Il-Egal and contemporary female rapper Marijuana, ironic new wave band Timpuri Noi, electronica act Partizan, classical guitar virtuoso Maxim Belciug and other musicians.
Guests: Silviu Munteanu, Ion Dumitrescu (Future Nuggets)
Beograd UndergroundE/RS 2012 Dirs: Muriel Buzarra, Carlos Lopez 65 min
“It all started back in 2008. in a very casual manner, we were shooting concerts, expos, parties… and were making interviews with people that we found interesting. Bit by bit, we realized that the material that we got could become something much bigger: a documentary about the alternative scene in Belgrade. As far as we knew, nobody had dealt that topic before. So in the winter 2009. we returned to Serbia with a second camera and continued shooting. Finally, in 2010. we finished the last stage of shooting and started editing.
What makes the difference between Serbia and many other countries, is the period of dictatorship and sanctions Serbia experienced in the ’90s. In that context of harsh restrictions and adverse circumstances, these artists were able to continue creating, even with more enthusiasm than ever before. Years of isolation and conflict have left profound effects on the counter-culture in Serbia. With this piece, we try to present the underground culture of the city of Belgrade during a period of transition in the first decade of the new millennium. But we’re not pretentious to show the whole scene by summarizing its complexity with general conclusions. We’ve collected the experiences of particular individuals who have dedicated their lives to the creation of one (sub)culture, very rich in its nuances, yet in a very precarious existence.” — Muriel Buzarra
Dream ImagesOriginal title: Imagini din vis | RO 2016 Dir: Sorin Luca 78 min
The documentary follows Rodion Roșca, a pioneer of the Romanian electronic rock as Rodion GA. Although he was a radio star with more than 14 hits in the 70’s, his debut album “Dream Images” was never released, as the Ceausescu regime was persecuting the artists with unacceptable views.
Now Rodion Roșca is a peculiar figure in the village where he currently lives by his own rules, more an alien than a countryman. His place looks as if it was swept away by an earthquake. Reality passes by and we enter the realm of dreams. Real dreams, big dreams as Rodion keeps them alive.
Guests: Sorin Luca, Ion Dumitrescu (Future Nuggets)
East Punk MemoriesHU/FR 2012 | Dir: Lucile Chaufour | 80 min
After 20 years, filmmaker Lucile Chaufour revisits a group of young punks who struggled with the communist regime during the early 80’s. How do they see life and political situation in Hungary before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall? Is this what they struggled for? Resurgence of nationalism, the savagery of capitalism, confusion of left-wing and right-wing political visions, how do the (former) punks experience the current crisis?
Galactic JacksonShort film preceding East Punk Memories
HU 2016 | Dir: Dani Tot | 16 min
Galactic Jackson is an exceptional figure of the Hungarian underground music scene. The video blog Budapest Pretty Cool, a project of photographer-filmmaker Dani Tot, interviewed Jackson as part of a series of portraits of Budapest personalities, beyond “beautiful women, gulash, palinka, folk music and all the cliches.” Catch up with the one and only king of the Budapest underground dance scene and Freddie Mercury lookalike Galactic Jackson at his home studio in Uj Pest with some rare archive party footage.
Hudobníci: Ladislav KupkovičShort film screened with A Room of One's Own
SK 2015 | Dir: Gyorgy Kristof | 26 min
Documentary portrait of the late Slovak composer and conductor Ladislav Kupkovič. Kupkovič began his career as a violinst for the Slovak Philharmonic orchestra in the 1960s and composed scores for film and television to make a living. At the same time, he was writing more experimental music for concerts. Kupkovič found himself increasingly subject to government oppression for his support of avantgarde music. In 1969 he won a music scholarship to West Berlin, and emigrated there the following year. In 1971, he conducted the premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mixtur in Cologne, a piece dedicated to Kupkovič himself. Kupkovič became associated with the Cologne School of music and also taught music theory.
Kupkovič is known for expanding time and space of musical performance through his Wandelkonzerte, often compared to John Cage, and for his lifting incidental parts of classical works out of their original contexts, rendering them unrecognizable, and building new works upon them.
Hudobníci: Martin BurlasShort film screened with A Room of One's Own
SK 2015 | Dir: Marek Šulík | 26 min
Documentary portrait of Slovak experimental composer Martin Burlas. Burlas works with unusual self-made musical instruments. He composes and performs in the interzones between new music and rock, defying easy categorization. The film follows Burlas making music and coming to terms with his life on the psychiatrist’s couch
Nothing Essential Happens in the Absence of NoiseUK/GER 2015 Dir: Silvia Biagioni 24 min
Since 1994 Praxis Records – a record label founded in London by Christoph Fringeli and currently based in Berlin – and its associated artists produce and distribute rather unusual music: breakcore. In many ways, Praxis is an anti-thesis to the major labels of the music industry: the self-attributed tagline “visibility is a trap“ is a quote from Foucault, there is an affiliated zine called Datacide with articles revolving around resistance, subversion and illegal parties – teknivals, and the whole venture is being done “not for the kudos, prestige and cash it might bring in, but for the buzz of inter-activity and mutual respect.“ Silvia Biagioni’s “manifesto documentary” is an introduction to Praxis, shot mainly in VHS and mixed with animations and degraded film materials. Guests: Silvia Biagioni, Christoph Fringeli
Orbán népe (Orbán Nation)Short film preceding East Punk Memories
HU 2016 | Dir: Máté Szilágyi | 12 min
The short documentary “Orbán népe” (Orbán Nation) shows how the contemporary hardcore scene in Budapest copes with the Orbán regime. Featuring the bands Norms, Diskobra, Rákosi and Youth Violence that released the joint album of the film’s title.
GER 2013 | Dir. Dan (Bahl) Dansen | 76 min
In portraying the three DJs – Tama Sumo, Resom & Ena Lind – Sounds Queer considers the question whether female DJs gain different experiences than their male colleagues. The portraits give an insight into the subjective environment of the protagonists and their conflicts in this field still dominated by men.
Tama Sumo started Djing in Berlin in the 1990s and now holds a residency at Berghain/Panoramabar, a club which is known all over the world. Resom moved from Leipzig to Berlin in order to further enhance her DJ-career and because she wants to organize events at ://about blank, a club run by a collective, which operates in the tradition of Techno-D.I.Y.-culture but also aims at transporting left wing political ideas. Ena Lind is the organizer of the queer and feminist “Bend Over“-events, which take place all over Europe. She now wants to approach her DJ-career more professionally. Sounds Queer draws a fascinating portrait of Berlin, Feminism, Nerdity, queer life, the love for music, the aspiration for self-fulfillment and Djing as a profession.
Guest: Dan (Bahl) Dansen