United States 1990, 55 min, English, No Subtitles

Performed live in 1989, Songs for Drella was an instant classic. In the 33 years since, Lou Reed and John Cale’s album—which marked a rare reunion since the breakup of The Velvet Underground—has not aged a day, and it seems every listen is an opportunity to find even more unexpected sparks of magic in it. The concert (now digitally reconstructed and brought to new levels of crispness and clarity) is based on a farewell poem Reed and Cale wrote to Andy Warhol, who had been their band manager. Together—Cale on his viola and keyboards and Reed on his guitar—they paint an intimate portrait of the late artist and tell the story of a tumultuous time in their collaboration. The film’s beautiful and immersive cinematography is by Ed Lachman, who previously worked with Werner Herzog, Sofia Coppola, and Robert Altman, among others.

Previous Festivals: NYFF, Telluride

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Screening Schedule:
  • Tue 31.05 | 20:30 | Venue the Lighthouse | Free Admission
  • Fri 03.06 | 21:00 | Venue Cinematheque 2
  • Watch Online | The film will be available From May 26th until June 5th

Ed Lachman is an American cinematographer and director. He is mostly associated with the American independent film movement and has served as director of photography on films by Todd Haynes, Ulrich Seidl, Wim Wenders, Steven Soderbergh and Paul Shrader.

Production: Jonathan Hewes, Nina Rosenstein
Production Company: Initial Pictures
Editing: Jay Freund
Cinematography: Ed Lachman
Music: Lou Reed, John Cale

Source: Motto Pictures

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