Gogol Bordello: Non-Stop

Friday, October 2 at 8:00pm
The Lo Pub, 330 Kennedy
FREE giant one-sheet posters to the first ten people at the screening!

Big Smash!, Lo Pub and the Winnipeg Folk Fest bring you the Winnipeg Premiere of the new documentary about gypsy punks Gogol Bordello, the night before the band hits the local stage at the Burton Cummings Theatre!

“Gogol Bordello is a collective, musically and politically. We create an insane party atmosphere to deliver social and political commentary.” – Eugene Hütz

After years spent in various European refugee camps, Eugene Hütz made his reputation in the U.S. as a DJ at New York’s hipster clubs. But he had bigger plans. Recruiting musicians from five countries, he formed Gogol Bordello, the name a mash-up of the name of a 19th-century Ukrainian author and the place where erotic pleasure and vulgarity are celebrated. This film, shot over five wild years, follows the hugely entertaining Hütz and the members of his band as they tell their stories, share their music and progress from underground legend to international phenomenon. Hütz chips in home movies from Kiev. Going far beyond the concert film, Gogol Bordello: Non-Stop explores the roots of the music, identity and global politics of a band with something to say. Hütz has become an underground superstar (and he starred in Liev Schreiber’s Everything is Illuminated and Madonna’s Filth and Wisdom), with his band now filling huge venues. But for those of us who remember seeing them in tiny clubs in Manhattan, where you left the show drenched in sweat (both your own and Hütz’), we get to relive those electric, magical nights thanks to filmmaker Margarita Jimeno. Even if you weren’t there, Jimeno’s film makes you feel like you were – and it’s a good place to be! (Shaz Bennett, AFI Fest)

Special Thanks to Ray Privett at Lorber Films.

Plus if you’re feeling rowdy afterwords don’t miss UK noise vet Kylie Minoise at the Graffiti Gallery later that night (show starts at 10)!
And don’t miss Gogol Bordello when they play at the Burt the next day (Saturday, October 3)!

– Kier-La Janisse


From UPTOWN Magazine October 1, 2009:
Get the dirt on Gogol Bordello
Documentary screening gets this weekend’s party started

On the eve of Gogol Bordello’s sure-to-be incendiary performance at the Burton Cummings Theatre, Big Smash! Productions is starting the party early by showing – for the first time in Winnipeg – director Margarita Jimeno’s 2008 backstage doc on the gypsy-punk band and its incomparable leader, Eugene Hütz.

Born in the Ukraine town of Boyarka, near Kiev, Hütz and his family fled to Vermont after seven long years spent in political refugee camps following the meltdown at Chernobyl.

Although he started playing music in the Ukraine (and continued in Vermont), it wasn’t until he moved to New York City – and came to know violinist Sergey Ryabtsev, accordionist Yuri Lemeshev and guitarist Oren Kaplan – that Hütz established Gogol Bordello.

Its first album, Voi-La Intruder, came out the same year it formed, in 1999.

Since then, the band has swelled to 10 members, including mood-setting stage dancers and backing vocalists.

In addition to being Gogol Bordello’s frontman and a club DJ, Hütz has also become an unlikely film star, appearing in Everything is Illuminated and Madonna’s Filth and Wisdom.

That said, this film is about the band and its vigorously demanding stage shows, in which literally anything can happen and the audience is encouraged to participate uproariously. Hütz is the driving force and ringleader, his Freddie Mercury handlebar moustache mixing uniquely with an onstage persona that recalls Raw Power-era Iggy Pop.

And that’s to say nothing of the entire unit’s gaudy, multi-hued costumes. Director Jimeno, an admitted admirer, followed the band for a full five years, starting in 2001, just as word began to spread about how remarkably imaginative its live musical presentations were.

In addition to offering numerous examples of how rowdy Gogol concerts can get, Jimeno interviews Hütz on his background, supplementing these clips with home-video footage of his family life. Given his energy, it’s no surprise to see him as a youngster busting moves to Michael Jackson.

– Aaron Graham


~ by cineflyer on September 22, 2009.

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