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Miles Ahead

Don Cheadle
USA 2015 / 100’

In the late 1970s, Miles Davis suddenly disappeared from public life at the height of his career. This bizarre period in the life of the musical genius is the focus of Don Cheadle's film. Lonely, unpleasant, addicted to painkillers and other drugs, Davis holed up at his house, where he spent his time mainly dwelling on the past, especially his failed marriage to a beautiful dancer named Frances. One day, a desperate journalist came knocking on his door. Dave Braden's tenacity got him entangled in an extraordinary and dangerous adventure involving not only Davis himself but also a mysterious album featuring new, previously unreleased recordings. The film is far from a classic, made-to-order biopic. It is rather a sensation, psychedelic story and an expressive portrait of the musical environment that Davis was operating in late in his career. It is also a story about the ambivalence of fame and the weight of genius, which are conveyed well by Don Cheadle (on both sides of the camera) and Ewan McGregor.

Katarzyna Wolanin

Don Cheadle

Don Cheadle is an American television and film actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. He studied at the California Institute of the Arts. Although he has appeared in such blockbusters as Ocean's Eleven and Iron Man, he gained popularity and critical acclaim for his starring role in Hotel Rwanda, a film about the genocide in Rwanda (2000). In the television series House of Lies, he played the controversial role of Marty Kaan, a ruthless management consultant. This biopic about Miles Davis marks his directorial debut.


2016 Miles Davis i ja / Miles Ahead

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Cast & Crew

director Don Cheadle
screenplay Steven Baigelman, Don Cheadle
cinematography Roberto Schaefer
editing John Axelrad, Kayla M. Emter
music Robert Glasper
cast Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdy, Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Keith Stanfield
producer Darryl Porter, Vince Wilburn. Daniel Wagner, Robert Ogden Barnum, Don Cheadle, Pamela Hirsch, Lenore Zerman
production Bifrost Pictures, Miles Davis Properties, LLC, IM Global Films, Sobini Films, Yellowsaw Productions Limited, Crescendo Productions
Polish distributor UIP
language English
colouration colour