The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of José González

  • Sweden
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The film revolves around the life and mind of musician José González. Using congenial methods; video diary, surveillance camera, concert footage, tour documentation and animation, directors Mikel Cee Karlsson and Fredrik Egerstrand give form to something as elusive as the creative process of one of Sweden’s finest – and most secretive – musicians.

In the film we follow José González through intimate and unique scenes shot during work with the long-awaited second album “In our nature”. In his studio, at home and on tour. Through a diary, based on personal voice recordings we follow his everyday reflections. Thoughts on the photons way from the sun to our eyes, Darwinism, the struggle to write songs. The film gives us an exclusive insight into the, at many times, lonely creative process and of one persons attempt to manage and understand his own existence. The film was shot over a three year period on location in Sweden, Japan, Singapore, United States, South Africa, England, Chile and Argentina.

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  • Original Title
    The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of José González
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Mikel Cee Karlsson, Fredrik Egerstrand
  • Cinematography
    Fredrik Egerstrand, Mikel Cee Karlsson
  • Editing
    Mikel Cee Karlsson
  • Music
    José González
  • Sound
    Jan Alvermark
  • Runtime
    74 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Sweden
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Doc Point, Helsinki / Finland 25 – 30 jan 2011
    • In-Edit, Chile International Music Documentary and Film Festival December 2010
    • Mar Del Plata Film Festival, Buenos Aires / Argentina 13 - 21 November 2010
    • CPH:DOX International Competition, Copenhagen / Denmark 4-14 November 2010
    • In-Edit, Barcelona / Spain 28 Oct - 7 November 2010
    • Kaunas International Film Festival, Kaunas / Lithuania 1-17 October 2010
    • Film Fest Munich (German Premiere) 25 June - 03 July 2010
    • SATTA OUTSIDE, Lithuania 13-15 August 2010
    • DokuArts, Amsterdam / Holland 9-13 June 2010
    • Göteborg International Film Festival / Opening Film Nordic Competition 28 Jan - 11 Feb 2010
    • Bergen International Film Festival (Sneak Preview) is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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