23rd Annual Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival

ACCORDION TRIBE (Non-fiction Features)
2003 - Switzerland/Austria - 90

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CAST: Guy Klucevsek, Lars Hollmer, Maria Kalaniemi, Otto Lechner, Bratko Bibic

The squeezebox receives a long overdo overture! Five highly individual musicians from different countries get together to form the “Accordion Tribe” and to achieve the seemingly impossible: return their long disregarded instrument to the worldwide recognition it once enjoyed as a powerhouse of emotions. The film follows the charismatic musicians as they journey through Europe, resplendent with rich musical heritage, searching for new beginnings, looking to the past and tradition, whilst embracing the contemporary. Accompanied by exciting aural landscapes of trancelike intensity, “Accordion Tribe” is a magnificent showcase for the transforming power of music. Stefan Schwietert was born in Esslingen in 1961 and grew up in Basel/Switzerland. He attended the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin and graduated in 1991 with Jumping Out The Clouds (Sprung aus den Wolken). He has been working as a freelance filmmaker and editor in Basel and Berlin since 1991. His other films are: The Topolino Project (Das Topolino Projekt, short, 1986), Tapez 36-15 Code Cobra (short, 1987), Fualna 88, The Last Ten Days of a Campagne (video, 1988), Long Shadow - Jura Soyfer and His Contemporaries (Der Schatten ist lang, documentary, 1994), A Tickle In The Heart (documentary, 1996). AHS

PRODUCER: Markus Fischer, Cornelia Seitler
SCREENWRITER: Stefan Schwietert
EDITOR: Stephan Krumbiegel
MUSIC: Guy Klucevsek, Lars Hollmer, Maria Kalaniemi, Otto Lechner, Bratko Bibic
PRINT SOURCE: cornelia seitler

Wednesday, April 13 3:15 PM Lagoon Cinema
Thursday, April 14 5:15pm 2
Tuesday, April 19 9:00pm 2