Stars on screen at Popcorn

This weekend’s “Popcorn Festival” at Stockholm’s Södra Teatern will feature 40 music films from the likes of Bob Dylan, Kate Bush, George Michael and Emmylou Harris. But you can also catch the funniest rock'n'roll movie ever made, Rob Reiner’s 1984 “Spinal Tap”, some jazz, classical music or just hang out with the DJs and video screenings at the local club.

“We chose the films we like”, said Petter Mattsson, one of the organizers, to Stockholm City.

“It will be a bonus if the public likes them too”.

One of the festival’s highlights is Martin Scorsese’s biography of Bob Dylan “No Direction Home”. Dylan opened his archives for the three and a half hour long film, which features previously unreleased footage from Dylan’s groundbreaking live concerts, studio recording sessions and interviews.

The film focuses on the early sixties Greenwich Village folk music scene and the period when Dylan “went electric” upsetting many of his folk music loving fans and creating music history with his revolutionary “Highway 61 Revisited” and “Blonde on Blonde” albums.

Scorsese said “I’ve admired and enjoyed Dylan’s many musical transformations. For me, there is no other musical artist who weaves his influences so densely to create something so personal and unique.”

Another highlight about musician “going electric” is “Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue” featuring the famous jazz trumpeter, Miles Davis, performing live at the legendary 1970 music festival in the Isle of Wight. The film includes interviews with former band members such as Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, as well as admirers such as Carlos Santana and Joni Mitchell.

Other films worth checking out include “Kate Bush live at the Hammersmith Odeon” focusing on Bush’s dramatic 1979 tour when the British singer/songwriter was only 20 years old, “George Michael: A different story” a biography of the pop star and a summary of more than 20 years of personal tragedy, public scandal and hit records and “Arvo pärt: 24 preludes for a fugue” a film by Estonian director, Dorian Supin on the life and music of contemporary composer Arvo Pärt.

The Popcorn Festival takes place at Södra Teatern from Friday afternoon to Sunday night. Tickets cost between 50 and 100 SEK.

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David Stavrou