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Shut Up and Play the Piano

Director: Philipp Jedicke
DE, GB 201882 min. 0 sec.
In 2003, a self-styled electro-rapper Chilly Gonzales loudly declared himself president of Berlin’s underground music scene, only to conquer bourgeois concert halls. In fact, after making a name for himself, this Canadian reinvented himself as a creator of quiet sounds on the piano. An extended conversation between him and writer Sibylle Berg is the thread that runs through the film. In his directing debut, Philipp Jedicke blends archive material with playfully dramatised scenes and interviews with the musician’s contemporaries such as Peaches, Leslie Feist and Jarvis Cocker. Rounded off by energetic performances, the film allows us to discover a hard-working entertainer who never fails to surprise.
DOP: Marcus Winterbauer, Marcel Kolvenbach
Original language: en, fr, deSubtitles: enTranslation in headphones: lv