Latvia / Norway / North Korea / Slovenia 2016, 98 min, English and Korean, Hebrew & English subtitles
Kim Jong-Un asked, and Laibach, the subversive Slovenian rock group, quickly agreed—thereby becoming the first foreign act to play the world’s most cloistered country. This surprising encounter between the band that formed in communist Yugoslavia and adopted fascist symbols and mannerisms, and the censored, managed world of North Korea, was orchestrated by Norwegian director Morten Traavik. Traavik, a longtime fan of Laibach and possibly of the Kim dynasty, is the driving force both in front and behind the scenes. Preparations for the concert are conducted under the watchful eyes of multiple “big brothers” who never hesitate to nix songs and images. Still, the members of Laibach, who admit they felt spiritually orphaned when their country dismantled, fall in love with the place. On stage, they choose to perform a surprisingly beautiful and powerful repertoire.
Previous Festivals: IDFA
Production: Uldis Cekulis
Production Company: Vfs Films
Editing: Ugis Olte, Gatis Belogrudovs
Cinematography: Sven-erling Brusletto, Valdis Celmins
Morten Traavik is a Norwegian director and artist working
across a wide spectrum of artistic genres and international
borders. Trained as theater director in Russia
and Sweden, the notion of the world as a stage and
identity as role play is never far away in his works.