Five Continents

Shut Up and Play the Piano

Philipp Jedicke | 82min | Tyskland, Storbritannien, Frankrike

  • År: 2018
  • Språk: Engelska, Tyska, Franska
  • Text: Engelsk
  • Originaltitel: Shut Up and Play the Piano
  • Svensk Premiär

Energisprakande musikdokumentär om Chilly Gonzales resa från den punkiga experimentella undergroundscenen i 90-talets Berlin till den klassiska musikens pampigaste finrum.

Kanadensaren Jason Beck är mannen bakom scenpersonan Chilly Gonzalez. Debuterande dokumentärfilmaren Philipp Jedicke dyker ner i hans otroligt mångfacetterade karriär: från ungdomsårens electro-rap i Toronto med Feist och Peaches, via Berlinflytten och albumet Solo Piano till det Grammy-vinnande samarbetet med Daft Punk. I en intervju med tyska Sibylle Berg berättar Beck om sin barndom, relationen till den också musikaliska brodern, och såklart, om relationen till musiken. Som stöd finns ett rikligt arkivmaterial med hemmavideos från otaliga svettiga spelningar. Ett måste för alla Gonzo-fans och de som ännu inte hunnit upptäcka hans musik.

- Emma Caviezel

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Philipp Jedicke

Regissör: Philipp Jedicke

Philipp Jedicke works as a freelance journalist, online editor, researcher and postproduction manager for public TV stations, film production companies, websites and magazines. The main focus of his work is music and culture. His work has appeared in many leading European media including WDR, ARTE, Deutsche Welle, SWR and Su?ddeutsche Zeitung. He has lived in Canada and France and currently resides in Cologne, Germany. Shut Up and Play the Piano is his debut as a film director.

When I met Gonzo for the first time in 2014, I was fascinated by his self-awareness as an artist. In a fit of spontaneity, I asked if I could make a documentary about him. He simply said: “Yeah, go ahead.” A few weeks later I stood in front of two boxes filled with video tapes. The question was: How do you portray an entertainer and musician with an enormous output like Chilly Gonzales in a 90-minute documentary? Gonzo had given me one prerequisite: no private situations. What sounds like the nightmare of the documentarist actually became a frame that gave me orientation and eventually helped me find the key to telling his story. By watching the seemingly con- tradictory and overall eclectic output of his stage persona for hours on end, I was able to identify recurrent themes and find connections to his actual personality. It is all there, in his lyrics and in his stage jokes. Through his use of humor, ridiculousness and the creation of cringe-worthy situations, Gonzo puts his own insecurities on display and tackles them.

Producent:
Stephan Holl, Antoinette Köster
Manusförfattare:
Philipp Jedicke
Fotograf:
Marcus Winterbauer, Marcel Kolvenbach
Klippare:
Carina Mergens
Kontakt:
Charades, carole@charades.eu
Originaltitel:
Shut Up and Play the Piano