Directed by Petra Seliškar • 2016 • Slovenia - Macedonia - Croatia • 74'
A music documentary based on the work of Slovenian artist Frane Milčinski Ježek. His satirical poems and songs from the 1950s and 60s today sound more urgent and topical than ever, and are covered by musicians ranging from Finnish avant-garde accordion player Kimmo Pohjonen, to legendary Croatian songstress Josipa Lisac, to the former Bad Seed Hugo Race. The music is produced by indie rock icons Cris Eckman (The Walkabouts), and expertly mixed with archive footage of Jezek's own performances and skits.
Formed in this manner, they create a touching and thought-provoking narrative, taking us a trip from birth (Jezek's poem Mother Sea), through childhood (For the Naughty Children), to romance (Simple Love performed by Eckman), challenges and joys of youth (A Glass of Wine), loss (E Lon La Ler, sang by Cesare Basile and composed by John Bonnar of Dead Can Dance), protest against authority (A Prisoner's Ode to the Bedbug, performed by Croatian superstar Josipa Lisac, and Darwin Was Wrong, rocked out by punk band Bernays Propaganda), to the inevitable end (Marcia Funebre, by Madredeus' Teresa Salgueiro). These innovative performances are infused with Jezek's spirit throughout and simultaneously describe the life of a singularly original and timeless artist, and life of all creative people who will recognize themselves in this magical journey.
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