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Beat Film Festival 2019
May 30-June 9
Karo 11 October Karo 11 October

Beat Film Festival is an international documentary festival with a focus on music and modern culture that takes place annually in May. Supported by Tinkoff Bank, Beat Film Festival will be held from May 30 to June 9 in Moscow. In its 10th edition this year the festival will present the "Gala Premieres" section showing seven loudest festival hits that represent the best of today's documentary movie scene. Powerful human stories, famous personalities (from Ed Shiran to Yves Saint Laurent), new directing approach and innovative storytelling - all characterize these seven films that will be shown on the screen of Karo 11 October cinema. Two music documentaries - "A Dog Called Money" and "Songwriter" - will be featured in UK-Russia Year of Music 2019 programme coordinated by the British Embassy in Moscow and the British Council.

"Songwriter" is an intimate and personal look into the writing process of one of the worlds leading artists – Ed Sheeran. Filmed by his cousin Murray, Songwriter details the creation of Ed’s third studio album “Divide” and gives an authentic insight into Ed’s life through never before seen home videos. The film was first shown at the Berlinale Festival and Tribeca Film Festival in New York and later became available at Apple Music. At Beat Film Festival, there'll be a chance to see the movie and meet its director.

Another premiere is "A Dog Called Money" which follows PJ Harvey, an English musician, and her work on 2016 album "The Hope Six Demolition Project". Directed by Irish photographer and filmmaker Seamus Murphy - who is a frequent Harvey collaborator - it features footage of the musician recording in London, as well as their travels to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington D.C.

Before winning the Oscar for Best Documentary Film, "Free Solo" by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin has become one of the most successful documentary works in recent years grossing over $20 million worldwide. The film is a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock - the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park - without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement.

"Three Identical Strangers" is another documentary hit directed by Tim Wardle and starring Edward Galland, David Kellman and Robert Shafran. It examines a set of American triplets, born in 1961 and adopted as six-month-old infants by separate families, unaware that each child had brothers. Their quest to find out why turns into a bizarre and sinister mystery.

A 2018 American documentary film by Matt Tyrnauer "Studio 54" depicts the story of the notorious 1970s New York City nightclub. The epicenter of 70s hedonism Studio 54 was a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club's hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.

"Rams" is a documentary portrait of Dieter Rams, one of the most influential designers alive, and a rumination on consumerism, sustainability, and the future of design. Directed by Gary Hustwit, the film includes in-depth conversations with Dieter, and deep dives into his philosophy, his process, and his inspirations. One of the most interesting parts of Dieter's story is that he now looks back on his career with some regret. He's dismayed by today's unsustainable world of over-consumption, where "design" has been reduced to a meaningless marketing buzzword.

And, finally, the festival will show Olivier Meyrou's "Celebration" which tells about the last years one of the greatest Parisian haute couture designers Yves Saint Laurent and his work on his final collection. An unsparing and not-altogether-flattering portrait of one of the most important fashion figures of the 20th century, the film faced negative reaction from YSL’s business manager Pierre Bergé who managed to block the distribution of the film until his death last year.

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