Today the festival reveals two long-awaited films about two of the most iconic cultural figures.
‘Listen to Me Marlon’ by Stevan Riley is the ultimate film about one of greatest cultural icons and most enigmatic personalities of the twentieth century – narrated by Marlon Brando himself. Mystery also surround the visionary ‘Alien’ designer, artist and cult start HR Giger, but the film ‘Dark Star: HR Giger’s World’ by Belinda Sallin takes you right into the notoriously private genius’ own home. Two films, both of which will hold a Danish premiere at the world’s third largest documentary film festival, CPH:DOX.
Marlon Brando was a man full of mystery, hardships and contradictions. The fact that he was a cultural icon, an enigmatic superstar and a living legend strengthens the myth around him even more. In ’Listen to Me Marlon’ Brando is himself the narrator as we watch his dramatic life story unfold through never before seen and heard material from his own personal archive.
Brando’s enigmatic personality is apparent in every moment in a film where the myth never overshadows the man and the star’s vanity is not trying to cover up the human tragedies that he has experienced in his life. Stevan Riley has created a film of extraordinary quality – but it could not have been done any other way.
‘Alien’ film and nightmarish dreamscapes
The film ‘Dark Star: HR Giger’s World’ takes you right into the bleak and fearless world that make up the Swiss star HR Giger’s imagination. The man who designed the first ‘Alien’ film and grew an almost religious following of his numerous fans for its gothic and futuristic nightmarish dreamscapes was also known for being a notoriously private man who rarely gave interviews.
In the film, the artist opens up. He tells anecdotes and stories from his life and invites us to his house, where most of the film is shot! There, the walls are painted black, and HR Giger is dressed in black (and walks barefoot) while he shows us around among the drawings, paintings, and the skeletal metal sculptures, which changed the whole genre of science fiction in the 1970s. Giger’s world is gloomy, industrial and psychedelic and ‘Dark Star’ is the ultimate testament to the late artist’s unique creative vision.
Both films can be seen at CPH:DOX in November. Tickets will go on sale October 16, when the rest of the programme will also be revealed at cphdox.dk.