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The Director's Chair => Paul Thomas Anderson => Topic started by: modage on August 21, 2015, 11:24:14 AM

Title: Junun
Post by: modage on August 21, 2015, 11:24:14 AM
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Junun
Paul Thomas Anderson, USA, 2015, English and Indian, DCP, 54m
English, Hindu, Hebrew, and Urdu with English subtitles

Earlier this year, Paul Thomas Anderson joined his close friend and collaborator Jonny Greenwood on a trip to Rajasthan in northwest India, where they were hosted by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, and he brought his camera with him. Their destination was the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, where Greenwood (with the help of Radiohead engineer Nigel Godrich) was recording an album with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur and an amazing group of musicians: Aamir Bhiyani, Soheb Bhiyani, Ajaj Damami, Sabir Damami, Hazmat, and Bhanwaru Khan on brass; Ehtisham Khan Ajmeri, Nihal Khan, Nathu Lal Solanki, Narsi Lal Solanki, and Chugge Khan on percussion; Zaki Ali Qawwal, Zakir Ali Qawwal, Afshana Khan, Razia Sultan, Gufran Ali, and Shazib Ali on vocals; and Dara Khan and Asin Khan on strings. The finished film, just under an hour, is pure magic. Junun lives and breathes music, music-making, and the close camaraderie of artistic collaboration. Itís a lovely impressionistic mosaic and a one-of-a-kind sonic experience: the music will blow your mind. World Premiere

So this is the result of those India 'grams (https://twitter.com/modage/status/564649208113004544).
Title: Re: Junjun
Post by: Fuzzy Dunlop on August 21, 2015, 03:53:09 PM
How COOL is this? It's like your favorite band dropping a surprise album. I always figured PTA had a vault of cool shit he'd shot that would never see the light of day, and the India trip was in that category. So hyped on this right now. The fact that he was also camera operating makes this even more of an event.
Title: Re: Junjun
Post by: Cloudy on August 21, 2015, 04:36:47 PM
Absolutely^^   Feelin the same joy over here

Ps, googled the meaning of Junun - found: madness, insanity, obsession, passion
Title: Re: Junun
Post by: modage on September 15, 2015, 07:33:47 AM
Got tix for this. October 8th at 9pm. Believe they're still onsale.

World Premiere ∑ Paul Thomas Anderson in person!
http://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2015/films/junun/

Wonder what kind of distribution they'll get for this afterwards. Will they attempt any kind of theatrical release for an hourlong doc? My totally uneducated guess is that it will premiere on Pitchfork or Vice or somewhere.
Title: Re: Junun
Post by: Lottery on September 24, 2015, 05:35:17 AM
Guise.

Paul Thomas Andersonís ĎJununí to Debut Exclusively on Streaming Platform MUBI
https://variety.com/2015/film/global/paul-thomas-andersons-junun-to-debut-exclusively-on-streaming-platform-mubi-exclusive-1201601254/
Title: Re: Junun
Post by: modage on September 24, 2015, 09:21:03 AM
Wonder what kind of distribution they'll get for this afterwards. Will they attempt any kind of theatrical release for an hourlong doc? My totally uneducated guess is that it will premiere on Pitchfork or Vice or somewhere.

I was close!
Title: Re: Junun
Post by: jenkins on September 24, 2015, 09:42:07 AM
Paul Thomas Andersonís ĎJununí to Debut Exclusively on Streaming Platform MUBI
https://variety.com/2015/film/global/paul-thomas-andersons-junun-to-debut-exclusively-on-streaming-platform-mubi-exclusive-1201601254/
Title: Re: Junun
Post by: N on October 05, 2015, 07:44:23 PM
PTA is doing things! Very excited. Didn't think anything new would be happening for a while.
Title: Re: Junun
Post by: modage on October 08, 2015, 11:57:36 AM
Fan poster by real poster artist Midnight Marauder (http://www.midnight-marauder.com/)

(http://thefilmstage.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/junun_poster_1-620x918.jpg)

http://thefilmstage.com/features/go-back-in-time-with-alternate-poster-for-paul-thomas-andersons-junun/

Movie premierse on MUBI (https://mubi.com/films/junun) at midnight.
Title: Re: Junun
Post by: modage on October 08, 2015, 11:11:26 PM
I saw it! For a filmmakers as meticulous and controlled as PTA, it's cool to see something that feels a little more laid back and yet still with moments of genius. The music is great and it's all music. There are maybe a dozen or so moments of dialogue scattered throughout and a few title cards up front to set the scene. At 54 minutes it's definitely more of a curio than one to put on the shelf with his features but at its best moments shines a light towards the other kinds of careers he could have (and still might). The biggest bummer is that I have to imagine something will be lost in the translation for everyone watching this at home on their computer as opposed to seeing it in a giant 1,000 person theatre with BOOMING sound. But mostly it's just cool to see him making stuff. Within 12 months of Inherent Vice, who would've thought we'd have a documentary and a pair of music videos?

A few funny notes from the screening: PTA strolls in with Bennett Miller a few min before showtime, doesn't intro his own film but shows up for a quick as hell Q&A after the film. Chairs are brought out during the credits, and as soon as the lights come up PTA and Kent Jones are already out there. The 1,000 PTA-heads in the audience give him a fucking standing ovation (haha) and they get right to their chat which is about 8 minutes long, no bullshit and NO audience Q&A. He is fucking outta there. Also spotted in the audience: Rami Malek, Paul Dano and Alex Ross Perry.
Title: Re: Junun
Post by: modage on October 09, 2015, 09:14:56 AM
Watch the film now:
https://mubi.com/films/junun

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLhSyy6UM94

"Roked" from the film:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IQdsIUfnAA

Soundtrack releases November 13th (though floating around now as they gave it away after the press screening).
Junun is streaming for 30 days on Mubi, starting today.
Title: Re: Junun
Post by: RegularKarate on October 09, 2015, 11:48:55 AM
"My harmonium needs tuning"
nice.

I got the trial Mubi subscription and will watch it this weekend. Looks like there's some pretty decent stuff on there as well, I kind of like that there aren't a bajillion movies to wade through.
Title: Re: Junun
Post by: wilder on October 09, 2015, 02:13:36 PM
Q&A audio here (https://soundcloud.com/the-playlist-podcast/nyff-paul-thomas-andersons-junun)
Title: Re: Junun
Post by: modage on October 09, 2015, 02:15:35 PM
Q&A audio here (https://soundcloud.com/the-playlist-podcast/nyff-paul-thomas-andersons-junun)

Ha, my wife taped this. Thought they were gonna transcribe some quotes, not put it up. Funny.
Title: Re: Junun
Post by: JG on October 09, 2015, 04:25:55 PM
Also spotted in the audience: Rami Malek, Paul Dano and Alex Ross Perry.

lol you could do this for all the nyff screenings! my favorite was watching wes anderson, noah b, and depalma watch the new desplechin together, but apparently they see all the movies as a squad...
Title: Re: Junun
Post by: Alexandro on October 11, 2015, 09:19:30 AM
I was lucky to see Junun on the big screen, on a mubi premiere done in a small theatre in Mexico City. Lucky mainly because of the sound, which amplifies the experience. The music is simply fantastic, and since that's all there is, playing this loud is the only way to go.

The film is good while it lasts, and it's wisely brief. There's very few dialogue but there's one long line or, I guess long dialogue spoken by one of the musicians which I think encapsulates the whole philosophy behind music and collaboration, and it's a very PTA feeling too.

I want the soundtrack badly.
Title: Re: Junun
Post by: md on October 11, 2015, 11:49:12 PM
There's no excuse not to see Junan.  Here's a free 30 day trial.  Just cancel before 30 days and you won't get charged.

http://mubi.com/cinephiliacs

If you're a fan of trumpets and heavy percussion, this film is for you.   The coverage is unobtrusive yet intimate in a PTA kind of way.  Seemed like a fun project to shoot. 

PS OpO1832, this is what a blackmagic digital video looks like from PTA.  The music video was Panny 35mm w/ Primo's i'd imagine.  :)
Title: Re: Junun
Post by: P Heat on October 12, 2015, 03:34:46 AM
^^
Yes. No excuse.  I saw it last night and I'm having trouble resisting the urge to watch it again. I loved the birds.

edit- I gave in and watched again this Saturday night.  Early parts of the film give a Baraka feel to me.
Title: Re: Junun
Post by: modage on October 12, 2015, 09:06:28 AM
Can't remember if this credit is in the film or just on the site but this is pretty good.

(http://oi58.tinypic.com/10qct44.jpg)
Title: Re: Junun
Post by: Drenk on November 12, 2015, 07:04:44 AM
First listen of the album.

http://pitchfork.com/news/62074-jonny-greenwood-streams-new-album-with-shye-ben-tzur-and-the-rajasthan-express/
Title: Re: Junun
Post by: P Heat on November 21, 2015, 01:53:16 AM
Great film outtake up on youtube right now for the album's promo.