Beyond Ipanema – Brazilian Waves in Global Music

     |    Monday, der 16. November 2009

The highpoint of our weekend was the documentary film Beyond Ipanema – Brazilian Waves in Global Music. The title says it all: Guto Barra’s and Béco Dranoff’s documentary explores the on-going influence that Brazilian music has on the sounds and trends of international youth culture.

Berlin film-goers – and anyone else in town next weekend – have a chance to see the film again on November 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin’s Tiergarten district.

Beyond Ipanema – Brazilian Waves in Global Music

Brazilian documentary from 2009, 89 min, original version with English subtitles.

The beats of Bossa Nova have attracted DJ’s, electronic musicians and artists of all kinds for the past 50 years. Why does this late 1960’s Tropicália art movement still have such an impact on pop music today, heard, for example, in Beck’s sound?  “Beyond Ipanema” poses this question to international pop celebrities like M.I.A. And David Byrne, and to stars of the Brazilian scene like Os Mutantes and Bebel Gilberto. And most importantly in a film like this, it’s the music itself that has the ‘last word’: the best thing about Beyond Ipanema is its heart, soul and feet moving soundtrack.