Six Hidden Jewels

With the first weekend of the festival under our belts, we’re chuffed to recommend some films that could slip under the radar because they don’t feature megastars, but which do reveal utterly amazing stories. Get ready for some glittering hidden music documentary treasures! 

 

THE MEN’S ROOM
The emotive day-to-day life of a choir of Norwegian men who while rehearsing for their life’s concert, opening for Black Sabbath, are impacted by the knowledge that their driver is dying of cancer.

OUR MOST BRILLIANT FRIENDS
This intimate look at the final tour of the English indie duo Slow Club is the sober, beautiful and bitter chronicle of a foretold ending. The mixed feelings of two travelling companions who acknowledge that it was beautiful but know it’s time for them to separate.

GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH
Chronicle of the San Francisco gay men’s choir tour of the southern United States. An act of affirmation against the rampant homophobia of the Trump era that confronts members of the choir with fears and wounds of the past.

INNER LANDSCAPE
A dialogue between East and West, tradition and modernity, through the creation of a piece that combines Sichuan opera and classical music by the Chinese composer Guo Wenjing and the Dutch conductor Ed Spanjaard. Stunning!

GIACINTO SCELSI
Immersion in the mysterious world of contemporary poet and composer Giacinto Scelsi, forerunner of drone music, and his ideas about reincarnation and the power of sound to connect with other planes of existence.

JAI ALAI: FIESTA ALEGRE
The chronology of the 125 years of the Jai Alai concert hall (Huesca) is also a fascinating history of popular music in Spain told from the periphery, that honors the culture woven by the social fabric.