For DJ Roman Flügel his work is everything and something that he would never compromise. Romuald Karmakar’s new documentary takes a look at five pioneers of electronic music for whom work is their raison d’etre. The film commences with a still life of electronic equipment in which we find ourselves looking for several minutes at a wide shot of cables, consoles, amplifiers, keyboards and ‘controllers’ as Ricardo Villalobos – who was the subject of Karmakar’s 2009 film – will later call the flashing switchboards in the background. In between eloquent thoughts from the musicians in interviews, quiet observations of them at work at their DJ home, and images of sweating masses at raves, a selective image gradually and very quietly emerges of a music scene in transition. Ata describes the current music scene as a vast, densely woven carpet, the end of which is out of sight. It is a scene which, since the 1990s has differentiated and evolved into something far more complex and hard to grasp. Karmakar does not attempt to provide a seamless historical survey, rather he allows his images and his protagonists to speak for themselves.
Documentary form105 min · Colour
Ricardo VillalobosSonja MoonearAtaRoman FlügelDavid Moufang/Move D
Born in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1965, he currently lives in Berlin. His work as a director, producer and screenwriter has already featured a number of times in the Berlinale. In 2011 he was a member of the jury for the "Dialogue en perspective" award in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino. He won the German Film Award for Der Totmacher (The Deathmaker) and the Silver Leopard at Locarno for Manila while Das Himmler-Projekt (The Himmler Project) won the Adolf Grimme Prize. In 2014 he received a DEFA-Foundation Award for outstanding achievement in German film.Filmography (selection)
1985 Eine Freundschaft in Deutschland (A Friendship In Germany) 1987 Coup De Boule; documentary, IFB Panorama 1989 Hunde aus Samt und Stahl (Dogs Of Velvet And Steel); documentary 1992 Warheads; documentary, IFB Forum 1995 Der Totmacher (The Deathmaker); IFB Neue Deutsche Filme 1999 Manila 2000 Das Himmler-Projekt (The Himmler Project); documentary, IFB Forum 2003 196 Bpm; documentary, IFB Forum 2005 Between The Devil and the Wide Blue Sea; documentary 2006 Hamburger Lektionen (Hamburg Lectures); documentary, IFB Panorama 2009 Villalobos; documentary 2013 8. Mai (8th of May); documentary 2017 Denk ich an Deutschland in der Nacht (If I Think of Germany at Night)
Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017