Primavera Sound * 28-30 MAY BARCELONA

In-Edit

Once again this year the city-centre cinema Maldà will show several documentaries about music with In-Edit, that will take part for the fifth consecutive year as part of the Primavera Sound’s complementary programme. The music documentary cinema festival that started in Barcelona in 2003, gives you the opportunity to see three films that are perfectly in tune with the line up of this year’s festival; the films “Wild Combination: Arthur Russell”, “The extraordinary ordinary life of José González”, and “Blixa Bargeld – Das letzte Biest am Himmel”. The screenings take place on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th May respectively at 8.30 pm. This activity is open to the general public.

ACCESS TO THE FILMS IS TOTALLY FREE SUBJECT TO THE CAPACITY OF THE VENUE

WILD COMBINATION: ARTHUR RUSSELL (MATT WOLF / USA / 2008 / 71' / OV with Spanish subtitles)
Friday 22th May, 8:30 pm

Life story and work don’t always go together, but Arthur Russell’s life story is as fascinating as his music. For that reason, “Wild Combination: Arthur Russell” is an exceptional portrait. On the one hand it reveals a unique collection of musical work from the end of the 20th century that goes from avant-garde to disco music. And on the other, it tells a poignant personal story.

The director Matt Wolf had very little resources to compose his portrait, as though there were hours and hours of unpublished music, there were very few images of Russell. Nobody documented the work of an artist that “Wild Combination: Arthur Russell” portrays as a free spirit, misunderstood, and also intransigent about his art. So from images recorded on super 8 and low quality video, Wolf fills the gaps with a narration that is built on interviews with his partner, his parents and his friends and which heightens the emotional power of Russell’s music.

THE EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY LIFE OF JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ (MIKEL CEE KARLSSON, FREDRIK EGERSTRAND / SWEDEN / 2010 / 75' / OV with Spanish subtitles)
Saturday 23th May, 8:30 pm

He plays like the archangel, but speaks like a physics teacher. The Swedish-Argentine virtuoso guitar player shows that in his world, being ordinary is strange. Good-natured conversations, reflections on the cosmos, breakfasts and siestas: a life that is not at all rock n roll. And the story of his family in animation.

BLIXA BARGELD – DAS LETZE BIEST AM HIMMEL (BIRGIT HERDLITSCHKE / GERMANY / 2008 / 52' / OV with Spanish subtitles)
Sunday 24th May, 8:30 pm

Nick Cave, his boss (insofar as Blixa Bargeld can have a boss) says it all whiles speaking about the first time he saw Einstürzende Neubauten in concert and Blixa singing: “ I had never seen anybody look so destroyed”. Blixa Bargeld is the “free and strategic artist” who, in the eighties, was the leader of the constructors of chaos, Einstürzende Neubauten. The dandy with sorrowful eyes and at the same time the intense guitarist who joined Nick Cave’s Bad Seed. So, Das letzte Biest am Himmel is an in-depth review of the experimental musician from all angles. Relatives and friends give a human vision of the man, be it to comment on his charisma, his personal way of singing-crying (Nick Cave says morbidly that “it is a sound you would expect to hear from strangled cats or dying children”) his apocalyptic talent, his musical vision and how he plays the guitar. The abundance of archive material is phenomenal, and the extracts from Berlin 80’s, when Einstürzende were a group of well-read squatters that wrote avant-garde plays, are particularly juicy. An exhaustive biography of the sad-faced gentleman and the battered guitar.

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