From the late 60s until the early 80s the vinyl LP format was a considerable fortune thanks to the development of the concept album where the set of the music tracks was concentrated on a theme or contributed to the development of a story.
The selection of the eight feature films in the International Competition section develops on the idea of a concept album, therefore we can appreciate here a kind of fil rouge that relentlessly combines stories and fates of our protagonists: the survival and the consequent determination of your own destiny through music. In Monsterimies, a documentary about the Finnish heavy metal band Lordi, is the preservation of a world inhabited by monsters; it’s the fight against the illness using the soul-r’n’b’ in Miss Sharon Jones!’s Barbara Kopple; it’s the strong will of not surrendering to the inevitable decline as narrated by Blood, Sweat and Tears, moving biopic about the famous folk-Dutch star André Hase; it’s the obstinacy for affirmation in the documentary Sicily Jass about Nick La Rocca, who with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded, first in the world, a jazz record.
This topic is present in the fight against the dissolution of its own image in Low a phantasmagoric celebration of David Bowie in a Philip Glass mood.
It determines the fate of a band in exile to escape the dictatorship of Pinochet, as in the documentary Quilapayún, beyond the song, or takes a sacrificial tone when in For this is my body, a gloomy Carl Barat from the Libertines sentimentally vampirizes a groupie to get rid of its rock’ n’ roll spleen. But, among all stories, the most radical subverts the state of art with the anarchic and naïve scream of the Japanese noise of the post-atomic and visionary 2045 Carnival Folklore.
Eight movies, eight tracks or songs to look ahead and carry on hoping in something better, provided that we can always pump up the volume!
Paolo Campana . Section’s curator