Netherlands 2022, 120 min, English, Dutch and German, Hebrew & English subtitles

The opera cycle “Licht”—thought to be the most ambitious and impracticable musical and theatrical production ever written—took Karlheinz Stockhausen 26 years to compose. With a run time of 29 hours, it requires the musicians to be able to act and includes helicopter choreography, among other things. Unsurprisingly, nobody has dared to even attempt to perform it fully, until, a decade after Stockhausen’s death, a Dutch orchestra took up the challenge. As it captures the many challenges of staging “Licht,” the film also spotlights Stockhausen himself. Nicknamed “Papa Techno,” the electronic music pioneer was an inspiration to many, including the Beatles, Zappa, and Bjork. His children, wives (some of whom lived with him concurrently), and colleagues describe an artist who was every bit as brilliant, impossible, and megalomaniacal as his opera.

Previous Festivals: CPH:DOX, Le Fifa

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Screening Schedule:
  • Thu 26.05 | 18:15 | Cinematheque 2
  • Wed 01.06 | 10:00 | Cinematheque 5
  • Sat 04.06 | 19:00 | Cinematheque 1
  • Watch Online | The film will be available From May 26th until June 5th

Oeke Hoogendijk is an internationally acclaimed documentary maker who makes documentaries about art. They are often long-running projects documented with a cinematographic approach. Films such as The Saved, The Holocaust Experience and The New Rijksmuseum. At present Hoogendijk has finished the feature docs Treasures of the Crimea and Housewitz.

Production: Iris Lammertsma, Boudewijn Koole
Production Company: Witfilm
Script & Research: Oeke Hoogendijk, Fabie Hulsebos
Editing: Sander Vos, NCE
Cinematography: Gregor Meerman, NSC
Sound Design: Michel Schöpping

Source: Witfilm

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