Montag, 21. Februar 2011

Movie Review: Berlin Calling - The German Trainspotting

Still under the influence of the Berlinale film festival (about which I will share my final conclusions in a later post), I intensively continued to watch some movies, among which the very popular Berlin Calling. As directly related to the culture of my host city, I was more interested to grasp some more information and inspiration about the recent and very recent history. With a normal taste of jealousy, because sharing episodes I haven't been part of. 

Paul Kalkbrenner aka DJ Ickarus is not a Berliner by birth, being born in Dresden, but the big reunited city is his main playground, be it for ad-hoc concerts in small barracks or for the rehab in a Moabit clinic. The rhythm of the city - sometimes depressing - is coinciding in many sequences with the pace of the city itself: going through a new facelift, imposing a new change of perspective and attitude. Ickarus' music is introducing in his songs the sounds of the new city - including variations of the obsessive signal of closing the doors from the S-Bahn. The big pressure of change is pushing some people apart, ignoring others, pushing some at the brinks of depression or nothingness. It is why the electronic music here is very original, without too many Indian/Oriental influences. You are what do you hear. The German Trainspotting is playing its own music, with its kids of the Berlin Wall and its stoned stars going by S-Bahn. The glimpse of the popular glamour.
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