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19:00 Tabakalera Zinema - Tabakalera

Music for Black Pigeons

Jørgen Leth, Andreas Koefoed (Denmark - 2022 - 92’ - VOSE)

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Music for Black Pigeons is the first collaboration between Jørgen Leth and Andreas Koefoed. The film poses existential questions to influential jazz musicians such as Bill Frisell, Lee Konitz, Midori Takada and many others: How does it feel to play and what does it mean to listen? What is it like to be a human being and spend your whole life trying to express something through sounds? The characters wake up, rehearse, record, perform and talk about music. At times they are on the edge, on the edge of existence, constantly challenging themselves. They listen. They are dedicated to finding a space to create a connection to something bigger than themselves. Something that will outlive us all. For the past 14 years, the filmmakers followed Danish composer Jakob Bro, witnessing his musical encounters with acclaimed and eccentric musicians of all generations and nationalities. Through Bro's compositions, the film's characters explore the space of music and, in doing so, answer some of the questions raised by the film in a poetic, entertaining and life-affirming way.

Data sheet

  • Director: Jørgen Leth, Andreas Koefoed
  • Year: 2022
  • Country: Denmark
  • Length: 92 min.
  • Original language: English, Danish, Japanese
  • Leadings: Jakob Bro, Lee Konitz, Thomas Morgan, Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, Mark Turner, Joe Lovano, Andrew Cyrille, Palle Mikkelborg, Jon Christensen, Manfred Eicher, Midori Takada
  • Producers: Emile Hertling Péronard
  • Film company: Ánorâk Film Denmark

Jørgen Leth

Jørgen Leth

Jørgen Leth was born in 1937. He studied literature, and worked as a journalist for the newspapers Aktuelt and Politiken before turning to directing. Leth, who is both poet and filmmaker, was a leading personality in the Danish poetic modernism of the 1960s and a key figure in the milieu of experimental documentary makers of those years, especially in the artists' collective AB Cinema, Leth has developed a peculiar style characterized by experimental methods of storytelling. He has his own production company, Sunset Productions Inc. and has lived in Haiti since 1991. In film, he has directed more than thirty productions.

Andreas Koefoed

Andreas Koefoed

Andreas Koefoed has a degree in Documentary Filmmaking from the National Film School of Denmark. He has been directing documentaries since 2001 and usually focuses on universal stories about human existence. Besides directing documentaries he has also worked for VICE magazine, Magnum Photos and The New York Times. He currently teaches at the National Film School of Denmark.