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Sonic Mirror

Mika Kaurismäkis neuer Film SONIC MIRROR taucht auf überraschende Art in die Welt des Rhythmus ein auf einer aussergewöhnlichen Reise deckt er die magische Beziehung zwischen Leben und Rhythmus auf.
Die Schlagzeug-Legende Billy Cobham führt uns von der westlichen Musik über die Afrikanischen Ursprünge und brasilianischen Rhythmen zu den musikalischen Experimenten mit Autisten. Musik ist Emotion. Musik ist Kommunikation. Musik ist Identität. Musik als die wahre universelle Sprache um Hoffnung, Liebe, Ambition und Freude auszudrücken. SONIC MIRROR ist vibrierend, voller Mitgefühl, authentisch und hypnotisierend vom allerersten bis zum letzten Bild.

Mika Kaurismäki
Mika Kaurismäki studied cinema in Munich, Germany, (Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen 1977-1981) and made his diploma film The Liar in 1980 in Finland. His younger brother Aki Kaurismäki, then a student of journalism, played the main role and also co-wrote the screenplay. The film was an overnight sensation, when first shown in Finland; it marked the beginning of the cinema of the Kaurismäki brothers and started a new era in the Finnish cinema. After the success of The Liar, Mika Kaurismäki decided to stay in Finland and together with his brother and some friends he founded the production company Villealfa Filmproductions, that soon became a home of vital low- or no-budget film making. During the active Villealfa years, Mika co-founded the legendary Midnight Sun Film Festival (1986) and the distribution company Senso Films (1987) with Andorra cinemas (and some bars) in Helsinki.
In the beginning of the 90s Mika started to produce through his company Marianna Films. Its first independent production was the award winning Zombie and the Ghost Train (1991). In 1994 Mika returned to the Brazilian jungle with Samuel Fuller and Jim Jarmusch and made the feature length documentary Tigrero a film that was never made. The film was awarded the International Critics Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 1994. 
In the course of the 90s Mika established his base and second home in Rio de Janeiro and started to concentrate more in international co-productions. His biggest production so far is the comedy LA without a map (1998), with David Tennant, July Delpy, Vincent Gallo, Johnny Depp, James Le Gros, Anouk Aimee etc.. The new millenium started for Mika with the production of Moro no Brasil (2002), the acclaimed documentary about Brazilian music.
Mika has just finished his last films Honey Baby, starring Henry Thomas, Irina Björklund and Helmut Berger, a road movie in the Baltics and Russia, inspired by the myth of Orpheo and Eurydice and Brasileirinho, a music documentary about Choro music, the first genuinely Brazilian urban music that has evolved over 130 years into a fascinating form of modern tropical sound. Actually, Mika Kaurismäki has started filming Sonic Mirror with Billy Cobham. Sonic Mirror is a musical documentary film, presenting a journey with Billy Cobham into several different musical cultures

Filmographie
2006 SONIC MIRROR, with Billy Cobham et.alt.
2005 BRASILEIRINHO (music documentary)
2004 HONEY BABY, with Henry Thomas, Irina Björklund, Helmut Berger, Kari Väänänen
2002 MORO NO BRASIL (music documentary)
1999 HIGHWAY SOCIETY with Kai Wiesinger, Marie Zielcke, Jochen Nickel
1998 LOS ANGELES WITHOUT A MAP, with David Tennant, Julie Delpy, Vincent Gallo, Cameron Bancroft, Johnny Depp, James Le Gros, Anouk Aimee etc.
1996 SAMBóLICO (30 min. episode)
RHYTHM (5 min. episode)
1995 CONDITION RED with James Russo, Cynda Williams, Paul Calderon  
H.A.R.P.: BUBBLE STRUGGLE (music video)
1994 TIGRERO-A FILM THAT WAS NEVER MADE with Sam Fuller, Jim Jarmusch
1993 THE LAST BORDER, with Jürgen Prochnow, Jolyon Baker, Fanny Bastien, 
Kari Väänänen, Matti Pellonpää, Soli Labbart etc.
1991 ZOMBIE AND THE GHOST TRAIN, with Silu Seppälä, Matti Pellonpää, Marjo Leinonen
1990 AMAZON with Kari Väänänen, Robert Davi, Rae Dawn Chong
1989 PAPER STAR with Pirkko Hämäläinen, Kari Väänänen
CHA CHA CHA with Kari Väänänen, Matti Pellonpää, Sanna Fransman
1988 NIGHT WORK (TV film) with Martti Syrjä, Kaija Pakaerinen, Esko Salminen
1987 HELSINKI NAPOLI - ALL NIGHT LONG with Kari Väänänen, Nino Manfredi, Roberta Manfredi, Margi Clark, Samuel Fuller, Eddie Costantine, Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch
1985 ROSSO with Kari Väänänen, Martti Syrjä
1984 THE CLAN - TALE OF THE FROGS, with Kari Väänänen, Matti Pellonpää, Markku Halme, Minna Soisalo, Lasse Pöysti etc.
1982 THE WORTHLESS with Matti Pellonpää, Pirkko Hämäläinen
JACKPOT 2 (short) with Martti Syrjä, Jukka Mikkola  
1981 THE LIAR, with Aki Kaurismäki, Pirkko Hämäläinen, Juuso Hirvikangas

Billy Cobham
Only a few times in history has a musician been singled out as the world-class master of his instrument. Billy Cobham is one of those few artists. For over 30 years, he has received international acclaim as the total consummate percussionist.  
More: www.billycobham.com

79 Min.

Sprache:
Englisch, Deutsch, Portugiesisch

Untertitel:
Deutsch oder Englisch

Eine Koproduktion:
Marco Forster Productions, Vevey/CH
Marianna Films Oy, Helsinki/Fi
Uwe Dresch Films Ltd., Köln/D
Doc Productions GmbH, Zürich/CH

www.sonicmirror.com

Team
Kamera: Jacques Cheuiche
Sound-Design: Uwe Dresch
Schnitt: Oli Weiss

Musiker
Finnland: 
Espoo Big Band
Concert Conductor Scott Stroman
Trumpet Randy Brecker
Master of Ceremony Beau Chicago

Brasilien:
Malê Debalê
Banda Malezinho
Banda Malê Tradição

Schweiz:
Swiss Mix
Okuta Percussion

 

Mit Unterstützung von
EDI, Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK), Sektion Film
NRW, Filmstiftung Nordrhein Westfalen GmbH
Fonds REGIO Films, Genf
Finnish Film Foundation, Miia Haavisto
ESEK/LUSES, Finnland
IRDEB Bahia
TVE Salvador
Governo do Estado da Bahia
Secretaria de Cultura e Turismo da Bahia

Koproduzenten
SF Schweizer Fernsehen, Paul Riniker (Pacte de lAudiovisuel)
SRG SSR idée suisse, Alberto Chollet
YLE Coproductions, Erkki Astala
Wide Management Enterprise Sàrl, Loïc Magneron

Weltvertrieb
Wide Management Sàrl, Paris/F
www.widemanagement.com

Weltrechte
Marco Forster Productions
Marianna Films Oy
Uwe Dresch Films Ltd.
Doc Productions GmbH

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