Portrait #7: FAME Paris International Music Film Festival

Heading to the French capital city for this week’s portrait and learning a bit more about another member : the FAME: International Music Film Festival. At the heart of Paris, FAME presents a selection of films (documentaries, fictions and animated feature films) that celebrate singular figures, electronic adventures and underground cultures with an original program.

➔ Next edition : 14-20th, February 2022

▷▷ One of FAME’s favourite music films/documentaries of all time ?

👉 Olivier Forest : I still watch 𝘎𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘦 𝘚𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘵𝘦𝘳 by The Maysles brothers (1970) with a strange fascination. They record the tension, the dark mood and vibrations that slowly rise at this free concert of the Rolling Stones. The beer fuelled Hell’s Angels in charge of the security spread violence, until the fatal ending, the murder of 18-year-old Meredith Hunter. The scenes where the Stones watch the rushes in the editing room are a fascinating twist. This film is a turning point – the sunset of the 60’s recorded on film. A masterpiece by masters documentarists.

👉 Benoît Hické : 𝘚𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘔𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (2004) is both a group therapy and a deep and intelligent trip into musician’s heads. In this film about Metallica, these three hugely famous musicians made to express their feelings and give voice to all the bitterness accumulated over a twenty year-career paved with tragedy and success.”

▷▷ One of the most memorable screenings organized by FAME ?

LYDIA LUNCH The War is Never Over a Film by Beth B (2019). A striking projection thanks to its electricity, with a very energetic Lydia Lunch, and Virginie Despentes and Béatrice Dalle in the front row.”

▷▷ The music film/doc the FAME team would love to see being made ?

“ A film about the illegal raves during the CoVid19 era. A documentary on the French singer Christophe, on Wendy Carlos, on Augustus Pablo…”

▷▷ One music film/doc that didn’t get as much praise as it should have according to the FAME team ?

Madonna and the Breakfast Club by Guy Guido (2018). The years of a young and unknown Madonna in the underground New York, and her first step in an indie band. I guess there were some issues on the legal side, so it wasn’t really well promoted and went a little under the radar. But it is a very surprising and touching film, mixing archives, audio tapes of Madonna, interviews with former bandmates, and re-enactment with an actress who has a very troubling resemblance with Madonna. A very strange filmic object, that takes us in those strange years in NY, when disco and punk music influenced each others.”

▷▷ A music film/doc of your country you really enjoyed lately.

Daniel Darc / Pieces Of My Life by Thierry Villeneuve and Marc Dufaud (worldwide premiere at FAME 2019). A moving and experimental documentary about Daniel Darc, a hero of the french post-punk scene with Taxi Girl, haunted by personal ghosts who made a comeback in the 90’s and reached a new generation of listeners.”

▷▷ In one word what does the MFFN mean for you ?

“Exchanges“

More about FAME

➔ FAME on Facebook : FAME – Festival international de films sur la musique

➔ FAME on Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/f.a.m.e_film_festival/