Eldorado

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office

“A dance about a piece of music within a film about dance.” -FIAF

With made-for-TV documentary Eldorado, filmmaker Olivier Assayas has completely redefined our expectations of what it means to be awestruck by a piece of art. Assayas’s vibrant, meditative picture pulls back the curtain on the collaborative creative process to reveal two masters of their craft working together toward a common goal: producing an avant-garde, contemporary ballet. His camera and its perfect frames shift between the rehearsal studio of French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj and the recording laboratory of legendary German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (a mad scientist-level genius who once claimed to have been born on a planet orbiting a nearby star Sirius). Much like the mythical city that gives the ballet – and the film – its name, Assayas has discovered an intangible alchemy between choreographer, composer, and filmmaker. There’s nothing quite like watching commanding innovators speak the same language about distinct artist practices, but Preljocaj and Stockhausen’s synergized revelations – not to mention their remarkably distinct final product, which we are granted the privilege of watching performed in its entirety – make for one of the most captivating documentations of the organic creative process in recent memory.

Dir. Olivier Assayas, 2008, Digibeta, 102 min.