The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: UNITED KINGDOM
Run Time: 75 minutes
THE REFLEKTOR TAPES chronicles the making of Arcade Fire’s Grammy-nominated 2013 album, Reflektor. Produced by LCD Soundsystem frontman, James Murphy, the record was a critical darling, with Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and Stereogum placing it high on their year-end lists. It was dancier than previous efforts, but its lyrics drew on a theme of isolation and death. Lead singer Win Butler says he was heavily influenced by “Black Orpheus,” a 1959 Brazilian film that put a contemporary spin on the Greek legend. In his documentary, director Kahlil Joseph uniquely charts the recording process with a dizzying audio-visual experience that will overload your senses. It’s not a biographical film. It’s not a music video. It’s not really a concert film either. Instead, it’s a psychedelic blend of all three. The journey follows them to Jamaica, Montréal, and Haiti; the sounds and styles of each place play a huge role in shaping the album’s vibe. Whether you’re familiar with Arcade Fire or not, this inventive movie stands alone as a truly surreal work of art. –E.F.
Note: This film contains flashing lights, which may not be suitable for those with photosensitive epilespy.
Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
Sunday, April 03, 2016 at 9:00 PM
Monday, April 04, 2016 at 9:35 PM
Music Movies Competition
THE REFLEKTOR TAPES (2015)
Dan Bowen, Omid Fatemi, Onye Anyanwu
Lol Crawley, Autumn Cheyenne Durald, Malik Hassan Sayeed
Matt Hollis, Daniel Song
Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, Win Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Will Butler, Jeremy Gara