Another festival is over

This morning was a positive experience. A bit chilly, but the SUN shining really bright. Quite the opposite from this weekend when a grey, wet and terribly depressing skies lowered over Gothenburg. A perfect climate though to get inside and experience one of the city’s new film festivals – Music Doc! The second edition of their Gothenburg variant (the festival was started in Malmö and is also held within the frame of Tempo in Stockholm) was held Thursday-Sunday.

But unfortunately the grey skies seemed to affect people to not even get out of their houses and apartments on Saturday and Sunday. But thankfully a lot of people did, and had the opportunity to see films on different kind of musical expressions, ranging from from gipsy music to industrial.

And from a personal level it was an amazing experience to meet a member from one of my all time favourite bands; Alexander Hacke from Berlin industrial legends Einstürzende Neubauten, who was involved in two films in the programme. His explorations of Istanbul’s music life in Fatih Akin’s Crossing the Bridge and Neubauten as catalysts for East Germans in their hometown Berlin, in Uli M. Schuppel’s Off Ways. A documentary about some people who was inj the crowd of their first concert in East Berlin in December 89 – just after the fall of the Berlin wall. Two full houses at Hagabion and interesting Q & As with hacke himself. The Friday night was closed at Truckstop Alaska club at Lindholmen, where Music Doc held an Eddie Meduza party. Opposites clashing!

Alexander Hacke (left) at Truckstop Alaska.

On Saturday “GIFF’s own” Camilla Larsson held an interesting seminar about music and myths at Space with music journalist Bella Stenberg, film director Fredrik Egerstrand and music science professor Lars Lillliestam.

Music Doc will be back next spring and I hope they keep on fighting! We need such happenings to get through grey times. Let the sun keep on shining!

/Ulf Sigvardson


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