Trippy David Bowie film ‘Moonage Daydream’ wows CinemaCon

Director Brett Morgen speaks onstage throughout CinemaCon “The State of Industry” and Neon presentation throughout CinemaCon 2022 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 26, 2022. Picture: AFP/Valerie Macon

An experimental new David Bowie documentary that includes never-before-seen footage and the late music celebrity’s personal narration was previewed Tuesday, April 26, on the CinemaCon conference in Las Vegas.

“Moonage Daydream” will premiere at subsequent month’s glitzy Cannes film pageant earlier than hitting theaters in September. It’s the first film to be authorised by Bowie’s property, which gave director Brett Morgen entry to hundreds of hours of archives.

“Bowie cannot be defined. He can be experienced,” stated Morgen.

“We’ve crafted ‘Moonage Daydream’ to be a unique cinematic theatrical experience—to offer audiences that which they can’t get from a book or an article.”

Neither biopic nor conventional documentary, the film blends Bowie’s songs, live performance clips, intensive fan footage and a collection of surreal, trippy and summary pictures to create a “sonic and visual extravaganza,” stated producer Invoice Gerber (“A Star Is Born”).

Morgen, who beforehand made “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” spent two years trawling via the Bowie vaults.

He was aided by Bowie’s longtime music producer Tony Visconti and the sound workforce behind Oscar-winning “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

CinemaCon attendees have been proven prolonged clips from the film, together with Bowie performing “Hallo Spaceboy” and “Heroes.”

“I think we took it on our shoulders that we were creating the 21st century in 1971,” Bowie is heard explaining, excessive of the footage.

“We wanted to just blast everything in the past. We questioned all the established values and all the taboos.”

“Everything was rubbish and all rubbish is wonderful.”

The film will probably be launched in the US by Neon, which additionally used its CinemaCon slot Tuesday to preview “Crimes of the Future” from David Cronenberg, who pioneered the “body horror” style.

A disturbing new trailer that includes stars Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen and Lea Seydoux was proven to attendees.

It included pictures of a girl slicing open a torso along with her nails, and a person with further ears grafted onto his head.

The film, from the director of “Crash” and “The Fly,” imagines a world wherein people are compelled to hurry up their evolution with grisly organ transplants and physique modifications to outlive their altering atmosphere.

Cronenberg advised Agence France-Presse the film, which will even premiere at Cannes, was “a difficult film maybe, an extreme film, an unusual film.”

“Cannes film festival is the perfect place for that,” stated Cronenberg.

“This is really a meditation on where the world is going, where the environment is going, how that affects the body.”

“This is not a climate change movie, but it does address where we are now, and it’s interesting because I did write this script 20 years ago.”

CinemaCon, the annual movie show business summit, runs till Thursday, April 28. AP


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