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Music Documentaries Contest
April 25, 2013   
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The organizers of the 53rd Cracow Film Festival (May 26-June 2) have announced the shortlist of films entered for a new competition for documentaries about music.

The winner of the DocFilmMusic competition, for documentaries of over 30 minutes in length, will receive the Golden Heynal Grand Prix award as well as zl.20,000 in prize money.

Another novelty is the Warsaw edition of the contest, which was made possible thanks to cooperation with the Polish Filmmakers Association—the screenings will take place at the Kultura cinema.

Ten films have qualified for DocFilmMusic, including three documentaries from the United States, two from Switzerland, one film each from Poland, Britain, Canada and Spain, as well as an international co-production. Four of these films have been made by women.

The competition screenings will open with Swiss documentary Harry Dean Stanton: Party Fiction, directed by Sophie Huber and offering a portrayal of Harry Dean Stanton, an American actor who has played in over 250 films and also has his own music band. The documentary features Stanton’s songs as well as observations by his family and friends, such as David Lynch or Wim Wenders.

The next film in the competition, I Am Not a Rock Star by Canadian director Bobbi Jo Hart, focuses on the life of Marika Bournaki, a talented Canadian pianist who began her career as a 12-year-old. Both Hart and Bournaki will be among the guests at the Cracow Film Festival.

Meanwhile, Charles Bradley: Soul of America (dir. Poull Brien, U.S.) is about the 65-year-old soul and R&B singer who made his debut with the album No Time For Dreaming.

Swiss documentary Bloody Daughter, directed by Stéphanie Argerich, is about internationally acclaimed pianist Martha Argerich. The film gives the audience a unique opportunity to see the “piano goddess” eating breakfast and relaxing in her pyjamas, as well as to take a behind-the-scenes peak at her during a concert tour across Poland, Italy and Japan. Stéphanie Argerich is one of Martha Argerich’s daughters from three different relationships.

British director Julien Temple’s Glastopia and Zuolak by Fermin Muguruza from Spain are both steeped in the anarchistic sounds of rock and punk-rock music. Temple looks at the phenomenon of Glastonbury, one of the world’s most important music festivals, while Muguruza turns the camera on the Basque punk rock band Zoulak.

Paul Simon, whose name makes many a movie buff instinctively hum “Mrs. Robinson,” appears in the documentary Under African Skies (dir. Joe Berlinger, US) to analyze the link between art and politics and explain why 25 years ago he had made the controversial decision to record his album Graceland with South African musicians when that country was still under apartheid.

The likes of Harry Belafonte, David Byrne, Peter Gabriel, Philip Glass, Whoopi Goldberg and Quincy Jones also appear in Under African Skies.
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