Beat Weekend is a tour event of the Beat Film Festival - international festival of new documentary films about music and contemporary culture, held every June at the biggest art-house venues in Moscow. From 10 till 13 of October five of the 2013 festival program’s most actual and popular films will be shown in eight Russian cities. These films are the best examples of innovational cultural documentary which explores important and interesting music phenomena – from invention of punk rock to youth subcultures of the first half of the XX century. This year Volga region branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts will host the Beat Weekend in Nizhny Novgorod.
The mission of Beat Weekend is to acquaint young audience from all over the country with films about new cultural heroes and idols of several generations, premiered at the major international festivals like Sundance and Berlinale; it also presents an opportunity for film creators to show their works across Russia. Another goal is to make music documentary known, the role of this genre in contemporary cinema becomes more and more significant: for example, the last Oscar-awarded documentary was dedicated precisely to music.
Beat Film Festival was successfully held in regions – in 2012 it was shown in Saint-Petersburg and Yekaterinburg where it generated a great deal of public attention and interest.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Beat Film Festival is an international festival of new documentary films about music and youth culture, it is held annually and attracts audience of several thousand viewers in Moscow and other cities. The festival presents documentaries which cannot be seen in Russian cinemas or in film festivals’ programs. The festival’s program includes films which contribute something new to the genre of documentary, be it non-trivial work with archive records or incorporation of iPhone users’ shots, stories about new cultural heroes which previously never appeared on screen or about olds ones but from a new angle. There are also films which were financed in a new for the industry way, for example – with crowd funding. Most of these films were premiered at the major international festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, Berlinale, SXSW.
11 October 19.00. London – The Modern Babylon
Director: Julien Temple, 2012, 125 min, UK
New film from a master of music documentary Julien Temple, probably his most ambitious and multifaceted work. After watching 6000 hours of archive materials, the director created a video collage about London which is like traveling through time. First shots of the century’s beginning, fragments from a couple of dozens of the century’s most significant films, chronicles and his own shots are intertwined in his narration. It is not merely a portrait, but the city’s biography, a story about place and its inhabitants constantly altering each other.
12 October 18.00. Teenage.
Director: Matt Wolf, 2013, 80 min, USA, Germany
Teenage is an entrancing history of youth culture and a visual guide to history of “teenagers” which didn’t always exist and began much earlier than in the 60s. Inspired by punk author and critic Jon Savage’s book, Teenage gives voice to young people from the first half of the 20th century in America, Great Britain, and Germany - from party-crazed young aristocratic bohemia (Bright Young People) and rebellious German Swing Kids to Hitlerjugend idealists and boy scouts.
13 October 18.00. David Bowie – Five Years
Director: Francis Whately, 2013, 60 min, UK
Considering number of covers, references, sold tickets to David Bowie is exhibition in the London Victoria and Albert Museum, and the fact that astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded a cover version of Space Oddity in open space, this year can truly be named the David Bowie Year. However, this new, first in forty years, documentary David Bowie – Five Years is dedicated to another period of his life: the most significant five years in his career – 1971, 1975, 1977, 1981 and 1983. Rare archive videos which never went public before, conversations with his associates from Brian Eno to Tony Visconti and tape-recorded words of Bowie himself – all of this was included into the result of Francis Whately’s 10 years work: unique collage reflecting the many faces of Bowie and crucial moments of his career.
Admission fee – 150 rub., discount ticket – 100 rub.
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