05/05. Friday

10:00 Tabakalera Zinema - Tabakalera

Europe in 8 bits

Javier Polo / Spain (2013 - 75’ - VOSE)

“Europe in 8 bits” is a documentary that explores the world of chip music, a new musical trend that is growing exponentially throughout Europe. The stars of this musical movement reveal to us how to reuse old videogames hardware like Nintendo’s GameBoy, NES, Atari ST, Amiga and the Commodore 64 to turn them into a tool capable of creating a new sound, a modern tempo and an innovative musical style. This is a new way of interpreting music performed by a great many artists who show their skills in turning these “limited” machines designed for leisure in the 80’s into surprising musical instruments and graphical tools. It will leave nobody indifferent.

Data sheet

  • Director: Javier Polo
  • Year: 2013
  • Country: Spain
  • Length: 75 min.
  • Original language: Spanish
  • Leadings: Meneo, Culomono, Omino Lego, Catani, Lautaro, Tonylight
  • Camera: Alex Asensi, Vince Merino
  • Editor: Yago Muñiz
  • Producers: Lina Badenes
  • Film company: Turanga Films, S.L.

Javier Polo

Javier Polo

Javier Polo is a young Valencian filmmaker who shares his passion for documentaries and the world of fiction with advertising. His love for music and travel has influenced his career since its inception, as can be seen in his first feature-length documentary, "Europe in 8 bits" (2013). A film that won several awards and was screened at some of the major international film festivals such as IDFA, the Miami International Film Festival, the Milan Film Festival or the Malaga Film Festival among others. It was also exhibited on television in more than twenty countries around the world. In 2017 he created with his brother the production company Los Hermanos Polo, with which they develop and produce fiction and documentary content. “The Mystery of the Pink Flamingo” is their first feature film together, co-produced with Japonica Films and RTVE and was selected at South By Southwest for its world premiere although it was cancelled due to the coronavirus. It was finally premiered as the opening film at the Mostra de Valencia and has so far been screened at Raindance, Abycine and In-Edit Festival until reaching Rizoma.