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Five music films to see at FAME 2022

An icon of Pop culture, an institution of Kinshasa, a sub-genre of techno that has become a monument of underground culture… on the occasion of this 2022 edition of FAME (International Festival of Films on Music), here is our selection of five films not to be missed from February 16 in the 3rd arrondissement and La Gaîté Lyrique.

The positive energy of the Gods by Laetitia Moller

Four young artists (Stanislas, Yohann, Aurélien and Kevin), diagnosed with autism and marvelously supervised by guitarist Christophe L’Huillier, form the group Astereotypie, a fusion of post-rock and slam that deploys an absolutely crazy energy. Never voyeuristic and always accurate, Laetitia Møller’s camera films the work, inevitably complex and full of pitfalls, of this experimental project which gives pride of place to automatic writing and musical improvisations that must be finished, context requires. , to frame. A film that overflows with humanity, benevolence, open-mindedness, intelligence, and a necessarily alternative vision of conceiving musical creation. Our indisputable favorite of this 2022 edition of the FAME Festival.

France, 2020, 70 mins. Screening on February 19, 2022 at 5:45 p.m. at La Gaîté Lyrique.

Queen Lear by Gero von Boehm

Premature modeling, the Fine Arts, David Bowie, Salvador Dali, surrealism, Cadaques, Bryan Ferry, TV in Milan, the covers of Playboy, disco music, the Palace, the fashion shows with Jean-Paul Gaultier, the perpetual rumors about his sexuality, the stays in France, Spain, Italy, Germany… The cascading successes and the dream life. Then the disasters which very nearly made everything collapse. If a director ended up proposing a fiction on the life of Amanda Lear, it would never be as exalted as her life itself, could we summarize by paraphrasing one of the many testimonies that populate this documentary film which returns on the colorful career of this disco, glam, arty… pop icon! Icon that we rediscover in this well-constructed documentary by Gero von Boehm and embellished with the words, extra lucid, extra funny, extra ordinary, of Amanda herself. Then just for the title – Queen Lear – you have to go there, and not to miss the arrival of Amanda Lear in the Nova Club this Thursday, February 17.

Germany, 2021, 52 min, VF. Screening on February 18, 2022 at 7:45 p.m. at La Gaîté Lyrique.

It’s the story of a brother, a sister and a horse (the duo’s means of transport and friend) who live on the fringes. An isolated habitat in the countryside, four walls, a roof, not a lot of space for the accumulation of wealth, but a lot more for ideas. To live happily, live hidden, live secluded? The sister takes advantage of the great calm to celebrate it, and the brother takes the opportunity to create. Electro pop format music that he composes just for himself before getting it into his head, curious idea, to share it with others. Everything changes the day when an Internet connection rarely used until then allows him to share this music beyond the open countryside, and to attract the curiosity of a television program which aims, you see, to to make someone famous. What was until then only tender, cozy and simple poetry turns into pure and simple horror. A beautiful reflection on the precious necessity of creation and what it can imply when it comes to seizing it for others…

France, 2021, 18 min. Broadcast on February 19, 2022 at 7:15 p.m. at La Gaîté Lyrique.

Hard ♡ by Kevin Elamrani-Lince

Love and violence ? Kevin Elamrani-Lince, director of the film Hard ♡, manages with a frankly remarkable subtlety, to present the Gabber (subgenre of techno hardcore, launched at the beginning of the 90’s) through these two opposites which attract each other. The word “gabber” refers to the idea of ​​“buddy”, “friend”, “brother”. It also vibrates everything that it is possible to vibrate, and even the rest, whether it is to do it in a demonstration, in the evening, in the woods or elsewhere. Two opposites therefore and implicitly, the members of the Casual Gabberz collective, authors of the destructive compilation No need to run away in 2017 and which draws from a deconstructed memory a few memories to evoke, and not tell, this sub-genre which has become, thanks to some active members of the party and social struggles historically linked to the most radical electronic music, a real monument of counter -culture. An almost contemplative film on gabber… it had to be tried. You have to see it now.

France, 2021, 80 mins. Broadcast on February 19, 2022 at 9:45 p.m.

Bakolo Music International by Tom Vantorre and Benjamin Viré

Belgium, 2021, 86 min. Broadcast on February 19, 2022 at 4:15 p.m. at La Gaîté Lyrique.

For 70 years, Bakolo Music International has been making the nights of Kinshasa vibrate to the sound of Congolese rumba and has been performing on stages all over the world.”. We could stop at this sentence summarizing the documentary Bakolo Music International, and to this truly staggering figure. Seventy years of music for a group, whose members have naturally renewed themselves over the years and like many orchestras in sub-Saharan Africa, and who continue to defend this realistic, popular and inexhaustible rumba on the scenes around the world and especially on those of the flat country, that of Tom Vantorre and Benjamin Viré, the two directors of this film. A love song to the city of Kinshasa and to this “Philosophy“which helps so much”understand life”, as sung by this eminent group, standard-bearer of a music, the Congolese rumba, which has just become part of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO. See also on Congolese rumba, the film The Rumba Kings by Alan Brain and Rumba Rules, new genealogies by David N. Bernatchez and Sammy Baloji.

The entire FAME Festival 2022 program can be found on the La Gaité Lyrique website.

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