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20 – 23 SEPTEMBER PRESS RELEASE
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Dear media representatives, dear colleagues,
The fact that music and film are frequently inseparably linked has been known long before the soundtracks of Morricone. The genre film has been firmly established with the Reeperbahn Festival – and it will be this year once again: In 2017, the Reeperbahn Festival, in cooperation with the UNERHÖRT! Musikfilmfestival (music film festival), will present 24 major international new releases of the music-focused film genre on five days of the Music Film Contest, awarding the winner with a prize of € 2,500. We are pleased to publish the Reeperbahn Festival Music Film Contest programme today.
Frehn Hawel 

Hamburg, 13 July 2017
The kick-off will take place on Tuesday, 19 Sept., at the Metropolis cinema – Reeperbahn Festival tickets are already valid for this event. On this day, the top-class jury will also be introduced which, on the following days, will watch and assess 24 international films focused on music at the Metropolis, Studiokino and B-Movie cinemas. It will not be an easy job for the jury because the films and the documentaries presented on musicians and bands, their views of life and their motivations as well as the political and socio-cultural background of their works are all worth seeing and will make clear that music is still one of the best means to overcome cultural borders.

Among the international premiers will be: Aim for the Roses (CA/GB), Black Sabbath - The End of The End (GB), Chuzpe (AT) and The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America (GB) and I’m Gone: A Film About Amy (CA). Among the German premiers there are high-calibre films such as: Sonica Sequence (SE) and To Stay Alive - A Method (NL). The following films presented during the Music Film Contest can be seen in Hamburg for the first time: Bülbül (DE/TR), Calexico Next Exit (DE), Conny Plank - The Potential of Noise (DE), Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (CA/US), Tangerine Dream - Revolution of Sound (DE), Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present (US), 2+2=22 [The Alphabet] (DE) and Wenn Gott schläft (When God is asleep) (DE). The following formats have never been presented like this at a cinema: I’ve Lost My Mind in Essen - 40 Jahre Rockpalast-Nacht (40 Years of Nights at Rockpalast) (DE), Offbeat - Musikvideos der Stadt (Music Videos of the City) (curated by Maike Mia Höhne) (DE) and Sound System (DE/FR) in collaboration with ARTE

After the screenings, guests will have the opportunity to discuss creative production processes with directors, actors and producers.  

We would like to put particular emphasis on the Dutch-Belgian production To Stay Alive - A Method, which will make its debut in Germany in the course of the Music Film Contest. The art manifesto by the French writer Michel Houellebecq, dealing with the life stories of real people from Houellebecq’s environment is recited by no less than the punk icon Iggy Pop, forcing the sensitive roughneck Pop in reflection of his own artistic career.
The documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (photo) ­comes from this year’s Reeperbahn Festival partner country Canada. The film deals with the artistic pioneering spirit of musicians descending from North America’s natives, e.g. Link Wray whose song Rumble not only lent its name to the film but was also a revolution in terms of sound back in 1958, as it features Jimi Hendrix, the Blues legend Charlie Patton and many others who crucially shaped the history of Rock, Blues, Folk, Jazz and Pop with their contributions. The documentary is a captivating combination of concert and archive recordings as well as interviews with stars such as Steven Tyler or Dan Auerbach, resulting in a narration that for the first time illustrates an area of music history which has so far been in the dark.  

All holders of the Reeperbahn Festival wristbands (if valid on the particular day) will have access to the four film venues of the Reeperbahn Festival. 

 

 
 
The Reeperbahn Festival is organised by Reeperbahn Festival GbR
and Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG.
Neuer Pferdemarkt 1, 20359 Hamburg
www.reeperbahnfestival.com

PhG Reeperbahn Festival GbR: Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG und Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion GmbH;
Gf: Alexander Schulz / U-I-Nr.: DE247756458

PhG Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG: Inferno Events Verwaltungs GmbH;
Gf: Alexander Schulz, Detlef Schwarte / U-I-Nr.: DE 210469759
Photo: Bruce Steinberg
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