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Beefeater In-Edit festival
Beefeater In-Edit Festival
The Beefeater In-Edit festival has finally returned to Barcelona for its ninth edition, opening our eyes and ears to the world of music documentaries between 27th October and 6th November. In the arena for the opening ceremony are both music heavyweights and the creator of the Music Documentary genre, Michael Nyman – all expected to pack a strong punch at the 2011 event.
In his most recent, unfinished work, Michael Nyman In Progress, the attention of the camera is reversed onto himself as a refreshing study of filmmaker as artist behind the showreel. In doing so, Nyman sets the tone for the 2011 edition by encouraging us to consider the exceptional skill required by directors to create films for this genre.
“First and foremost,” comments Luis Hidalgo, the Artistic Director of the festival, “we give importance to the way the stories are interpreted, as opposed to star value of the artist”. He means what he says – although one film by Ray Davies may have filled cinema seats, it simply didn’t meet the rigorous quality requirements this year. And with this year’s festival boasting 45 newcomers to the world of the music documentary, there is certainly an impressive roster of new talent and fresh perspectives at our disposition.
There is undoubtedly something for everyone here, with films including internationally renowned musicians David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Kings of Leon, Toots and the Maytals, Queen, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen on the silver screen for our enjoyment – not to mention the variety of other documentaries with the exploration of music at their core.
The full programme is available to view online, tickets must be reserved in advance and are only available to buy from the website or at the ticket office on C/ Muntaner 24. Check website for details.