This year at Berlinale Panorama:

Director Romuald Karmakar turns his attention once again to the settings of his “Club Land Trilogy”: “If I Think of Germany at Night” (Denk ich an Deutschland in der Nacht) takes a look at five pioneers of electronic music for whom work is their raison d’être. He shows the development of the music genres in question in the here and now, by enabling us to watch and listen to notable DJs while they work, including Ricardo Villalobos, Sonja Moonear, Ata Macias, Roman Flügel and Move D/David Moufang. For DJ Roman Flügel his work is everything and something that he would never compromise. The film commences with a still life of electronic equipment in which we find ourselves looking for several minutes at a wide shot of cables, consoles, amplifiers, keyboards and ‘controllers’ as Ricardo Villalobos – who was the subject of Karmakar’s 2009 film – will later call the flashing switchboards in the background. In between eloquent thoughts from the musicians in interviews, quiet observations of them at work at their DJ home, and images of sweating masses at raves, a selective image gradually and very quietly emerges of a music scene in transition. Ata describes the current music scene as a vast, densely woven carpet, the end of which is out of sight. It is a scene which, since the 1990s has differentiated and evolved into something far more complex and hard to grasp. Karmakar does not attempt to provide a seamless historical survey, rather he allows his images and his protagonists to speak for themselves.

The German-French co-production was funded by HessenFilm and had its premiere at the 67. Berlinale.

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