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MAX RICHTER – SLEEP: World premiere at International Documentary Film Festival

November 21, 2019

MAX RICHTER’S SLEEP

WORLD PREMIERE AT THE INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

PRESS SCREENING: Monday 25th November | 6.30pm | Amsterdam

‘Max Richter’s Sleep– a new movie whichtells the story behind the composer’s landmark nocturnal work – will premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (21-30 November 2019) with a special press and industry screening on 25th November at 6.30pm.

Eagle Rock Films in association with Deutsche Grammophon present a JA Films and Globe Productions documentary. It is produced by Julie JakobekYulia MahrOualid Mouaness and Stefan Demetriou.

A unique new release, the film follows trail-blazing composer and performer Max Richter as he consolidates an ambitious performance of his critically acclaimed eight-hour opus, SLEEP.

The film plunges deeply into the artist’s life and process, transcending the work to explore his legacy. Personal reflections and visual archive material from Max and long-time creative partner, film-maker Yulia Mahr – the co-architect of SLEEP – help build this intimate portrait, along with contributions that help illuminate both the science and story behind the work.

Directed by Emmy-nominated and award-winning filmmaker Natalie Johns, this ground-breaking visual portrait echoes the contemplative essence of Richter’s work, offering a poetic depiction of the ‘liminal state’ audiences experience when attending a live performance – where fans slumber through the overnight concert in beds, not seats.

In his unguarded account, Richter describes the extraordinary compositions as “writing the music I needed to hear” – an antidote to the ‘always-on’ world we inhabit.

Centring around the open-air concert in Los Angeles, as well as footage from Berlin, Sydney and Paris, the film examines the artist’s life and process. Performances of SLEEP require unprecedented endurance from Richter and his small ensemble of musicians and open vulnerability from audiences; strangers drifting in and out of consciousness amongst hundreds of others.

SLEEP is an epic lullaby of music and science, providing respite from the chaos of the modern world – a rare story and an expression of a global community, unified.

Max Richter’s eight-hour SLEEP concert is the live incarnation of his 2015 Deutsche Grammophon album of the same name, which has been hugely successful worldwide – praised by critics and garnering roughly 350 million streams. The landmark piece was premiered in London four years ago (becoming the longest single continuous piece of music ever broadcast live on the radio) and has since been performed around the world in a variety of stunning venues including the Sydney Opera House, Grand Park in Los Angeles, Kraftwerk Berlin, the Philharmonie de Paris and most recently at the Great Wall of China.

Peter Worsley, MD Eagle Rock Films says: “We are delighted that Natalie Johns’s ground-breaking new work is premiering at IDFA, the world’s largest documentary film festival.  As SLEEP was previously performed in Amsterdam, there’s a sense of bringing it home, as well as sharing this innovative, immersive film with a wider audience.”

Marc Robinson, President of Globe adds: “We’re proud to have partnered with JA Films and Yulia Mahr to produce this film about Max Richter’s incredible project, SLEEP. Never before has there been a concert experience of this magnitude, and audiences around the world have been captivated by Max’s and Yulia’s creation. This beautiful documentary captures the essence of their artistic process and gives a fascinating insight into the innovative musical phenomenon that is SLEEP.”

EAGLE ROCK FILMS IN ASSOCIATION WITH DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON PRESENT

A JA FILMS AND GLOBE PRODUCTIONS FILM BY NATALIE JOHNS

“MAX RICHTER’S SLEEP” STARRING MAX RICHTER

EDITED BY DOM WHITWORTH, MICHAEL CARTER, MATT CRONIN

MUSIC MIX BY RUPERT COULSON. MUSIC EDITOR TOM BAILEY MUSIC MIX CONSULTANT CHRIS EKERS

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY ELISHA CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER GRACE OLSON

PERSONAL AND PERFORMANCE ARCHIVE BY YULIA MAHR

PRODUCED BY JULIE JAKOBEK, YULIA MAHR, OUALID MOUANESS & STEFAN DEMETRIOU.

DIRECTED BY NATALIE JOHNS

IDFA Screenings:

Tuschinski 1        11/21/2019 6:45 PM      Public

Munt 11               11/22/2019 1:30 PM      Public

Kriterion 1           11/23/2019 11:00 AM   Public

Tuschinski 3        11/25/2019 6:30 PM      Passholders

Tuschinski 6        11/28/2019 11:45 AM   Public

Eye Cinema 2     11/30/2019 7:15 PM      

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