12 AUGUST 2017
The festival's final day marks many highlights: The french directors of BIARRITZ SURF GANG host a special screening, we screen the German premiere of Nathan Oldfield's THE CHURCH OF THE OPEN SKY, Swiss surfer Alena Ehrenbold presents her all female movie BLUE ROAD and HALASAN BAZAR from Copenhagen will set the roof on fire. Tickets: 12,5O € online, 14 € at the door.
ZWEIDREI RAUM 6 PM
THE CHURCH OF THE OPEN SKY
THE CHURCH OF THE OPEN SKY is the latest feature length release from award winning independent Australian filmmaker Nathan Oldfield, creator of 'Lines From A Poem', 'Seaworthy', 'The Heart & The Sea' and 'Gathering'. It is a luscious visual love poem that explores gratefully lived surfing journeys. It is a sea soaked celebration of the exquisite preciousness of being alive.
AUS, 2O17, NATHAN OLDFIELD
Follow eight world renowned surfers on a two year journey, as they travel to the furthest corners of the globe in search of untapped cold-water waves.
CAN, 2O17, BEN GULLIVER
FRA, 2O17, NATHAN CURRAN & PIERRE DENOYEL
BIARRITZ SURF GANG
Surfing in Biarritz, France, in the 1980s was wild: Surfing was punk, surfers were outlaws. They had a thirst for pure thrill that could lead to the top of the world - or directly into prison.
This is the unknown story of the six best European surfers of the 80s. The history of their greatness, decadence and their fall. It's also a story about how surfing changed from being all about wild fun, drugs and rock'n'roll to the healthy outdoor activity it is nowadays.
The setting in beautiful Biarritz, the amazing archive footage and the crazy characters that to this day still rule the local scene make BIARRITZ SURF GANG the most breathtaking surf movie of the year and one of the outstanding documentaries of the genre.
CH, 2O17, ALENA EHRENBOLD
BLUE ROAD tells the story of Rachel, an Australian surfer who decided to follow her family roots and to live surrounded by mountains despite her passion for surfing. The story of Annabel, a French girl who preferred to return to her cold, silent home in the north of France rather than following a professional surfing career. And Alena’s story, who grew up in a landlocked country, but chose to leave her home and her job to dedicate her life to the ocean. But was their choice the right one?
Searching the answers to questions of life, the three surfers Annabel, Rachel and Alena embark on a lifetime adventure to Hawaii – the birthplace of surfing.
+ DIRECTORS Q&A
ZA, 2O17, BRYAN LITTLE
DEEP BLUE / MIDDLE C
A genre bending documentary - a personal project from director Bryan Little he describes as “A film from an alternate reality, that is to be a surfer living and breathing on the west coast of South Africa - to this sanctuary we make pilgrimages, to wash off the dirt of the world.”
For 10 days & nights we made a studio on the beach, from it our little community of surfers, artists, musicians, chefs, mystics and foragers made music with our true selves. Exploring the greatest force on earth : we ate our fill from the wilderness.
With themes of the ocean, spirit, biology, identity, and our natural place in the world, DEEP BLUE / MIDDLE C is an interwoven story where fiction and non-fiction co-exist; as do memory and dreams.
Everyday, in a dim lit bunker deep down beneath the streets of Copenhagen, sit HALASAN BAZAR; a ramshackle lo-fi psych pop outfit with a hookup for 60´s harmonies, Tin Pan Alley pop riffs and existentialist lyrics, recording an endless stream of quirky psych-pop songs.
The band is based around songwriter Fredrik Eckhoff´s singular vision to combine the resigned sadness and blue eyed wondering of the great folk-rock songwriters such as Gene Clark, John Phillips and Arthur Lee, with a naive, anything-goes spark of lo-fi, hook-based dreamy psychedelia.
Fascinated with madness and failure, the band may be doomed from the get-go. But in failure and madness lies great beauty. And this band´s quest is to aim for the intensity of manic creative flow and frustration, and on-the-edge esthetics of the true tragedies and casualties of pop.
As a self-produced musical project whose roots lie in the surfrock and garage, the band ACUARIO COSMICO was formed seven years ago by the singer, guitarist and composer Gonzalo Marinucci. The Band presents its latest work with "Delfos", which is now dedicated to the surfrock and is based on bands like the Atlantics, and the Astronauts.
THOMAS ANDERSEN from Denmark recently moved to Berlin. His melancholic voice and tender guitar reminiscent of his neo-folk heros melt the hearts of everyone who has one.
Jeremy Joyce and Jamie Baughan are the two British actors you fell in love with when watching FREEZING, the genius surf film comedy. Jamie and Jeremy are guests of the Festival as they are known for their eclectic taste in music: Grime? Trap? Gabba? Or The Smith and Icelandic Folk? Join our aftershow party and find out.