How does Ricardo Villalobos, one of the most acclaimed DJs of electronic music, think? How does he hear? How do Herbert von Karajan and Mussorgsky’s horns end up in the studio of this Chilean musician from Darmstadt, Germany? What happens inside his machines and modules long after they are switched off? How do people react to his art of DJ-ing at Berlin’s famous club Berghain, the temple of techno? What do people expect for their money when they go to the international stages of Ibiza? Do we actually have more sex than our parents? And how do we handle the power of our luck? After his films 196 bpm and Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Villalobos is the last part of a free trilogy about aspects of electronic music and club culture in the first decade of our new century. —Viennale
Born in Wiesbaden on 15.2.1965 of French- Persian parents, Romuald Karmakar lived in Athens from 1977-82. He graduated from high school Munich in 1984 and has been working as an independent filmmaker since 1985, first making shorts and documentaries. He directed his first feature film, “The Deathmaker”, in 1995. This drama received three German Film Awards in Gold; Götz George was also awarded a Silver Lion in Venice Best Actor for his performance in this film. Karmakar’s feature film “Manila” received Silver Leopard in Locarno in the year 2000. —filmportal.de
I talked to Karmakar after a screening of one of his films and no, sadly, "Villalobos" is not going to be released. Ever. Damnit.
Above: Norbert Pfaffenbichler's Die Verhütung des Unheilbaren (2009). Notes taken in the dark of the cinema tend to fade into each other