Null Sonne No Point

Beta SP, 1:1.66, color, stereo, 35 min.
produced 1996
released 1997

Produced and distributed by
Cine Nomad
Aventinstrasse 1
D-80469 München


Coproduced by
Bayerischer Rundfunk
Redaktion Hörspiel und Medienkunst
Redaktion Film und Teleclub

Written and directed by
Nicolas Humbert & Werner Penzel


Jean Vapeur, Günther Hess, Richard Tratschner

Dirk Göhler, Nicolas Humbert, Werner Penzel

Art Ensemble of Chicago & Hartmut Geerken

Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, Hartmut Geerken,
Famoudou Don Moye, Roscoe Mitchell

Nyon, Montreal, Florence, Los Angeles, Bruxelles, San Francisco, Porto

This film is the magnificent chronicle of the preparation for a concert by the 'Art
Ensemble of Chicago'. It invites us into the studio, into the very heart of the
music. During the magic rehearsal period, the directors manage to capture the
moments of grace as well as the moments of emptiness. They convey the
laughter, the atmosphere and the state of mind that animates this stage of the
creative process via the gestures and faces of the musicians as they listen to each
other and improvise. The rhythm of the transitions and the editing, in the form
of non-linear fragments, constructs the film as if it were a score and makes the
sound almost visible.

(Laurence Bonvin, 'Visions du Réel)