In-Edit Deutschland 2012: Is This The Real Life?

     |    Thursday, der 1. November 2012

Until Sunday, November 4, the second edition of the IN-EDIT Deutschland music doc fest presents 28 short and feature-length „films from the backstage“: band portraits, investigations of music’s role in historical events, industry lowdown and even a film that follows a fan’s quest to save his favorite group. An unofficial focus seems to be on city scenes, stayed tuned for a later post discussing that.

More information about the festival and program here.

At 110 minutes, the longest film (about the biggest act) in the festival is Matt O’Casey’s Queen – Days of Our Lives. O’Casey assembles rare live footage and insightful archive interviews with Freddy Mercury along with recent conversations with drummer Roger Taylor and axeman Brian May. The film, especially towards the end, toes the party line too much (the controversial regrouping under the Queen banner with singer Paul Rodgers is never questioned, for example). But Taylor’s candid, funny and warm interview is alone worth the price of admission, as are the stories behind the genesis of such hits as „Another One Bites the Dust“ and of course, Mercury’s wild life and tragic AIDS-related death, which is handled with taste and honesty. Not a bad way to spend two hours for fans as well as anyone coming of age in the late 70s and early 80s when the band was unavoidable.

Queen – Days of Our Lives is screening on Friday, November 2 at 10:15 p.m., Moviemento 1 Sunday, November 4, at 8:00 p.m., Moviemento 2.