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Beat Weekend Festival: Documentaries on Modern Music
November 14, 2016 13:19


Beat Weekend is the regional version of the international Beat Film Festival of documentaries about modern music and culture. The project aims at introducing young viewers all over Russia to new documentary films about their heroes and cultural phenomena that are interesting and akin to them, be it the origin of youth subcultures in the early 20th century or a movie about David Bowie. 
Beat Weekend will be held  in 15 cities of Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Vladivostok, Rostov-on-Don, Ufa, Krasnoyarsk, Samara, Kazan, Voronezh, Khabarovsk, Yakutsk and Chelyabinsk from November 17 to November 20, 2016.
The festival will open with the Russian premiere of Jim Jarmusch' documentary about Iggy Pop - Gimme Danger. Story of Iggy and The Stooges, which was first demonstrated at the last Cannes Film Festival. Beat Weekend will finish with the film Placebo: ALT.Russia that features the Placebo band traveling by the Trans-Siberian Railway and meeting local musicians, artists and architects.
In addition to that, the Beat Weekend program includes a few hits of the 7th Moscow Beat Film Festival, which was held in May of this year and brought together more than 19 000 viewers.
Among these hits there is Ziggi Stardust and Spiders from Mars directed by "D. A." Pennebaker about David Bowie, the film Fonko about the club revolution taking place in African countries nowadays and the poetic essay documentary When the Earth Seems to Be Light about the Georgian skateboarders and the youth in general, creating their own Tbilisi.


Beat Film Festival is an international festival of topical documentaries on modern music and culture, which is annually held at the end of May — the beginning of June.
Its program contains  film screenings, meet-the-film-makers events, audiovisual shows and parties.
The festival boasts Russian premieres of documentary hits, which have recently premiered at large international film festivals, as well as more independent works that are laced with modern art or innovative in shape.
The festival was founded by Kirill Sorokin and Alyona Bocharova as an independent cultural project in 2010 and developed into a large-scale city event at the confluence of music and cinema in 5 years. Nowadays the festival is held with assistance of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. Beat Film Festival was attended by 8000 people in 2013.
In addition to the festival program itself the Beat Film team supervises the documentary section of the International independent film festival 2morrow / Tomorrow, organizes festival tours around this country and works on expanding the field of documentaries in Russia.
Film the complete Beat Weekend program and the schedule of screenings in different cities of Russia on the festival website.
 




Author: Vera Ivanova

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