The most beautiful thing in Argentina are the people, says Mauricio Kagel-avant-garde composer, theorist of contemporary music, and maker of instrumental theater-after a moving visit to the country in 2007. His voice guides us through Gaston Solnicki's film documenting his return, after more than 40 years abroad, to his native Buenos Aires for a festival of his work organized by the Teatro Colon. We look on as the young musicians from the Ensamble Süden prepare to perform his legendary works in concert. In addition to watching them conjure up sound and create harmony within the ensemble, we see them engaged in completely mundane activities, like buying croissants at a bakery or a mezzo-soprano's visit to the dentist. Working with Kagel turns out to be impalpably magical, an intellectual exercise, and a touching interpersonal experience. Süden, which delivers some of the last recordings of this great experimental musician, who died a year later, is a tribute to his methods, his breadth, and his human warmth.
Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards 2010 - Best Video Film; BAFICI 2008 - Asociación de Cronistas Cinematográficos de la Argentina (ACCA) Award, Special Mention
Born in Buenos Aires in 1978, Gastón Solnicki is an Argentinian director with Polish roots. Initially trained to become a chef, he then went to New York to study Photography and Film. In addition to short films, he has also made three full-length films. His debut, Süden (2008), and the documentary dedicated to his family, Papirosen (2011), were award winners at the BAFICI International Independent Film Festival in Buenos Aires. His latest film, Kékszakállú, was screened at the Venice Film Festival, where he won a FIPRESCI Award in the Orizzonti section.
2016 Sinobrody / Kékszakállú