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Skopje Cinema City begins

This summer’s Skopje Cinema City festival will run from June 6 to 10. Fifteen films focusing on music will screen at the Cinematheque of Macedonia during the five festival days.

Director Stephen Nomura Schible’s Coda (2017), a biopic on Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, will open the festival. The documentary premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2017, and it was also shown at this year’s Berlinale.

The opening of Macedonian Jazzthetics, an exhibition of Macedonian jazz musician portraits shot by photographer Tatjana Rantasa, will follow the film screening, accompanied by a performance of Goce Stevkovski Quintet.

Rantasa’s photo exhibit is just one of the festival’s nods to jazz music. The repertoire features several movies on jazz, such as Blue Note RecordsBeyond the Notes (2018) by Sophie Huber, Sun RaThe Brother from Another Planet (2005) by Don Letts, and Bill Evans/Time Remembered (2015) by Bruce Spiegel. Shorts on the Macedonian musicians Zoran Madzirov and Dragan Gjakonovski Spato made by Vidi Vaka productions will also be screened. 

Éric Darmon‘s Philip Glass: Looking Glass (2005), a documentary about one of today’s greatest composers, will be shown on June 7, followed by the cult art film Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance(1982) directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass.

Lunar Orbit (2016), a film about the pioneers of ambient electronica The Orb and directed by Patrick Buchanan, will screen on June 8, followed by Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise (2015), a ‘fairytale documentary’ on the innovative musician directed by Volker Schaner.

June 9 will see the screenings of Bruce Spiegel’s Bill Evans/Time Remembered (2015) and Lucy Walker’s Buena Vista Social Club: Adios (2017).

Cinematheque will also show two films on Macedonian bands Ljubojna and Conquering Lion directed by Jordan Dukov for the Telma TV ‘Docuband’ series.

The festival will wrap up with the documentary Hansa Studios: By the Wall 1976-90 (2018) by Mike Christie and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015) by Brett Morgen.