At 14, Toronto school friends Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band Anvil went on to become the “demi-gods of Canadian metal,” releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982’s “Metal on Metal.” The album influenced a musical generation including Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax. All those bands went on to sell millions of records but Anvil’s career would take a different path ? straight into obscurity. But Lips and Robb never gave up on their childhood dream and kept rocking, always believing that one day Anvil would taste the success that had so long eluded them. The film follows Lips and Robb, now in their 50s, as they gear up to record their 13th album, “This is Thirteen.” Coping with increasingly impatient families, crippling mortgages and the effects of old age, they know this is their last chance to really make it. By any normal standards the journey has not been a success but Lips comes to terms with what success really means. He has everything he needs. Family, fans and the integrity of having stayed true to a pact he made with his best friend 30 years ago. When all is said and done, he’s made 13 albums and his music will last forever. The director, Sacha Gervasi, was a huge fan of heavy metal when he was a teenager. After meeting the legendary heavy metal band Anvil at the age of 15, he was invited to roadie for the band during a Canada tour the following summer. After 20 years he decided to track down his old buddies Lips and Robb and made this documentary.
Sacha Gervasi attended the graduate screenwriting program at UCLA Film School, where he twice won the BAFTA/LA scholarship. While still at UCLA, a script he co-wrote with Craig Ferguson was made into a film called The Big Tease by Warner Bros. In 2004, he wrote < The Terminal>, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg. He has subsequently written < Comrade Rockstar> for Tom Hanks, < How to Marry a Millionaire> for Nicole Kidman, < Dallas> and is also co-writing < Henry’s Crime> for Keanu Reaves. Next year he will write and direct the true story of actor Herve Villechaize’s final week alive, starring Peter Dinklage.
Axl, 20, has come to London to track down the father who abandoned him in childhood. When he discovers that his dad is a realtor with a new family, he poses as a student looking for an apartment. But as they view potential rentals, Axl finds himself increasingly trapped in the role he has created and unable to own up to the truth. Seeking escape from his dilemma, he plunges into London’s hip East End club scene and begins to forge an alternative family in the anarchic, vibrant squat where he takes up residence. Located in a sprawling industrial warehouse, the squat is also home to Vera. Whereas Axl wants to reclaim his identity, Vera is trying to lose hers after a painful heartbreak. So when she meets a charismatic stranger, she reveals nothing of herself as they embark on a sexy anonymous game. But their game is underscored by Vera’s growing sense that she may have found her soul-mate. But how long can they keep the game going before she risks losing her “xray man'? And if she abandons the game, will the romance survive? Although they share a home in the same building, Axl and Vera’s paths interweave but never quite meet. By turns playful and mysterious, romantic and poignant, their stories echo and contrast until they ultimately collide. Set against the vibrant background of London’s 21st century multi-cultural melting-pot, Unmade Beds is the second feature film for acclaimed director Alexis Dos Santos.
Alexis Dos Santos made his name with his first film < Glue>, a tale of small town adolescents set in his native Argentina. It won 15 awards at film festivals, including the Young Jury Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and was selected to open the New York New Film New Directors Festival in 2007. He studied film in Buenos Aires and Barcelona before relocating to London in 1998, where he attended the National Film and Television School. Tutored by Stephen Frears, Santos wrote and directed several short films including < Sand>. In 2006, he was selected for the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Cinefondation in Paris, where he worked on the screenplay for < Unmade Beds>.
‘World Music Film Today’ JIMFF’s sole competition section, will present ten films from around the world this year. Five jury members will award two outstanding films with Grand Prize and Special Jury Prize among ten of the most contemporary selections related to music regardless of genre.
Born in 1943 in Tokyo, Iseki Satoru worked at Nippon Herald Co. and Herald Ace Co. in the early 1980’s. In 1989, he established Nippon Film Development and Finance (NDF). He has exerted his power to foster young people while engaging in worldwide film productions. He established Hark & Co. in 2001 which manages not only film developing but also planning projects and finance matters with talented Asian directors and producers such as Jacob Cheung, Tsui Hark, Nansun Shi, and Bill Kong. He produced numerous award-winning films including < Howards End>(1992), < The Crying Game>(1992), < Smoke>(1995), < Flirt>(1996), < The Tango Lesson>(1997), < Battle of Wits>(2006), and < Rain Fall>(2008).
Born in 1951 in Lille, France, Dominique Brenguier studied Cinematography at Louis Lumiere Film School. He worked as a camera operator for the film < Diva> by Jean-Jacques Beineix and made his debut as a cinematographer with < Rebelote> in 1982. From then on, he has actively worked as a cinematographer both for TV and film for about 30 years. He was a director of photography for more than 40 feature films. He won critical acclaim with < La Faute a Voltaire>(2000) and then Venice Silver Lion Winner < Le Cerf Volant>(2002) for their superb cinematography. Brenguier has worked with French star Richard Bohringer. Their major collaboration together is < C’est beau une ville la nuit>(2005). His filmography as a DP includes < On se depeche d’en rire>(1987), < Mister Frost>(1989), < Adeus Princessa>(1991) and < Total Kheops>(2001). < Bluesbreaker>(2007) starring Robinson Stevenin is his first feature film as a director.
Born in 1957. Right after graduating from the film department of the Seoul Institute of Arts, he worked as an assistant for the director Kim Soo-yong. After working as an assistant director to such directors as Hong Pa, Kim Jeong-il, and Bae Chang-ho, in 1989, he made his directorial debut with < Gagman> which is considered one of the most unique films in Korean cinematic history. He used a wide variety of visual techniques and created a unique aesthetic style by incorporating even the most trivial of details such as the props as an essential part of his films. His most important works include < My Love, My Bride>(1990), < First Love>(1993), < Affliction of Man>(1994), < Nowhere to Hide>(1999), < Duelist>(2005) and < M>(2007).
Born in 1964 in Taipei, Taiwan. His musical career began with the release of his 1st album, [Marching Forward] in 1990. His compositions become increasingly infused with electronic music. Since he studied acting and appeared in some movies as an actor, he was stimulated by the world of cinema and became the favorite composer of Hou Hsiao-hsien, for whom he wrote the music of < Goodbye South, Goodbye>(1996) and < Millennium Mambo>(2001). He also worked with Jia Zhangke in the films, < The World>(2004), < Still Life>(2006), < Dong>(2006), < Useless>(2007) and <24 City> (2008). In 2005, the Cannes Film Festival invited him to perform at an outdoor event. There he performed music from [Insects Awaken], with images that included elements of the National Palace Museum’s collection.
Born in 1964, actor Jung Jin-young started his career in theatrical works and made his film debut in < Opening the Closed School Gate>(1992). He rose to stardom with < A Promise>(1998), which won him Best Supporting Actor award at both Blue Dragon and Grand Bell Awards. Since then, he appeared in various films such as < Hi, Dharma!>(2001), < Wild Card>(2003). His collaboration with director Lee Joon-ik began with < Once upon a Time in a Battlefield>(2003) and continued in the box office megahit film < King and the Clown>(2005), < The Happy Life>(2007), and < Sunny>(2008). His versatility of portraying various roles?form lunatic despot to low-life to loving father?has been highly praised. Known as a music lover, he participated as a narrator in < Beethoven in Drama> a 2005 classical concert with theatrical elements.
Since 2006, ‘Jecheon Film Music Award’ has highlighted one individual who has contributed to the progress of film music in Korea. Following in the footsteps of music directors Shin Byung-ha in 2006, Choi Chang-kwon in 2007 and Jeon Jeong-keun in 2008, this year JIMFF has chosen music director Jung Sung-jo as its fourth honorary recipient of this award. Jung Sung-jo began his career as music director in film with < It Rained Yesterday> (1975) by director Lee Jang-ho, and left music to work on about 50 film scores including < Winter Woman>, < Lee Jang-ho’s Baseball Team> and < My Bride My Love>. He organized a band called ‘Jung Sung-jo and Messengers’ with Cho Kyeong-su and Choi Byung-geol in the 1970s, and introduced jazz sounds into film music, playing the saxophone and flute. He is one of the first generation of music directors who studied abroad. Shortly after returning from Berkley College of Music, he was in charge of music for many famous films such as < Deep Blue Night> by director Bae Chang-ho. Above all, he is the composer who first created the ‘department of applied music’ in a university in Korea, and has been educating a lot of students since. He also worked for the Korean Broadcasting System as the bandmaster for ten years. Currently, he continues to perform at a jazz bar called ‘All That Jazz’ and shares his passion for music with others. (Chun Jin-su)
|1975||It Rained Yesterday||Lee Jang-ho|
|1975||Yeong-Ja’s Heydays||Kim Ho-sun|
|1976||Wang Sib Ri, My Hometown||Im Kwon-taek|
|1977||Winter Woman||Kim Ho-sun|
|1978||Do You Know Kotsuni?||Jeong In-yeob|
|1978||Floating Plants||Lee Han-uk|
|1978||The Shower||Go Yeong-nam|
|1979||The Sleep Deeper than Death||Kim Ho-sun|
|1980||The Wooden Horse that Went to Sea||Jung Jin-woo|
|1984||Deep Blue Night||Bae Chang-ho|
|1986||Lee Jang-ho’s Baseball Team||Lee Jang-ho|
|1987||Our Joyful Young Days||Bae Chang-ho|
|1987||Lethe’s Love Song||Jang Gil-su|
|1987||Hello God||Bae Chang-ho|
|1988||Lee Jang-ho and Alien Baseball Team 2||Jo Min-hee|
|1988||America, America||Jang Gil-su|
|1989||In the Name of Memory||Yoo Young-jin|
|1989||Water World||Yoo Young-jin|
|1990||My Bride My Love||Lee Myung-se|
|1991||Camels Don’t Cry Alone||Lee Suck-ki|
|1991||Stairways of Heaven||Bae Chang-ho|
|1991||For Agnes||Yoo Young-jin|
|1991||Lost Love||Won Jung-soo|
|1992||Lovers on the Edge of the World||Lee Suck-ki|