11/19/2017 22:00 – Caligari FilmBühne

Latvia/Norway/Slovenia 2016 98 min English original version
German premiere

by Morten Traavik and Ugis Olte

Music: Laibach, DoP: Valdis Celminš, Sven-Erling Brusletto, Editor: Gatis Belogrudovs, Ugis Olte, Production: VFS Films,, Producers: Uldis Cekulis, Morten Traavik, with: Morten Traavik, Milan Fras, Mina Spiler, Ivan Novak, Boris Benko, Tomaž Čubej, Tomislav Gangl, Matej Gobec, Gregor Musa, Saso Pušnik

„All art is propaganda“ (George Orwell) … „And all propaganda is art!“ (Laibach). Under the loving but firm guidance of an old fan turned director and cultural diplomat, and to the surprise of a whole world, the ex-Yugoslavian now Slovenian cult band “Laibach” becomes the first rock group ever to perform in the fortress state of North Korea. Confronting strict ideology and cultural differences, the band struggles to get their songs through the needle’s eye of censorship before they can be unleashed on an audience never before exposed to alternative rock’n’roll. Meanwhile, propaganda loudspeakers are being set up at the border between the two Koreas and a countdown to war is announced. The hills are alive… with the sound of music.

”Perhaps the most spectacular cultural event of recent times, and definitely the most surprising documentary you’ll see this year.” (Filmmagasinet, Norway)

Morten Traavik is a Norwegian director and artist working across a wide spectrum of artistic genres and international borders, trained as theater director in Russia and Sweden. His beauty pageants for landmine survivors, MISS LANDMINE ANGOLA (2008) and MISS LANDMINE CAMBODIA (2009) made headlines and fueled discussions across the world. He is also renowned for a series of controversial collaborations with North Korean artists and cultural authorities.

Uģis Olte is a Latvian director and editor who enjoys staying playful when dealing with serious subjects. He has created numerous original TV formats, music videos, ads and also three short fiction films. His efforts in documentary genre have resulted in two films – STUCK IN STIKINE (2007) and DOUBLE ALIENS (2015).

Luke Brawley
Great Britain


11/19/2017 22:00 – Caligari FilmBühne

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