Face the Music
Four out of five SIFF programmers agree that regular exposure to music and film are essential to your overall well-being. With that in mind, this year’s Face the Music program has been specifically designed to provide a holistic regimen for your audio-visual health.
We all know that film and music go hand in hand, from portraits of Mexican music icon Chavela Vargas to a history of the indigenous influence on modern music. Shake your booty to the electronic dance music trio Major Lazer, then learn about the highs and lows of tour life with a docudrama about the band Wolf Alice. Then end your night with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, featuring a live soundtrack by The Invincible Czars.
United Kingdom | 2018 | 100 minutes | Steve Sullivan
A portrait of inventive court jester Chris Sievey, the real-life inspiration behind the 2014 movie Frank.
USA | 2018 | 127 minutes | Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke directs this unorthodox dramatization of the remarkable life of burly singer-songwriter Blaze Foley.
USA | 2018 | 95 minutes | Julia Nash
Follow the rise of Wax Trax! Records from record corner store to cornerstone industrial music record label.
Germany | 2017 | 90 minutes | Shirin Neshat
This film within a film about Egyptian superstar Oum Kulthum explores the price women pay for fame in patriarchal societies.
Ireland | 2017 | 96 minutes | Ken Wardrop
Among 30,000 aspiring young pianists annually in Ireland, only a handful can make the grade in a rigorous system.
Sri Lanka | 2018 | 94 minutes | Stephen Loveridge
The genesis, artistry, and politics of subversive hip-hop star M.I.A. are unraveled in a kinetic collage of her own footage.
Italy | 2017 | 93 minutes | Susanna Nicchiarelli
Trine Dyrholm comes to life as Velvet Underground chanteuse Nico during her final years in Europe.
Panama | 2018 | 85 minutes | Abner Benaim
This documentary chronicles the many and ongoing ambitions of salsa music pioneer Ruben Blades over fifty-plus years.