Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Nick Cave, Bjork films in Charlotte this week

Two films with music ties receive one night engagements in Charlotte this week. "Bjork: Biophilia Live" plays tonight at The Epicentre's Studio Movie Grill. "20,000 Days on Earth" starring Nick Cave is at Neighborhood Theatre in NoDa Thursday with 7 and 10 p.m. screenings.

Directed by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, "Bjork: Biophilia Live" is a documentary concert film centered around the Icelandic musician's eighth studio album, "Biophilia," The groundbreaking 2011 album and multimedia experience explores the intersection of music, nature, and technology through the album and a series of apps (the iPad app is the first app that's now part of the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection). To bring "Biophilia" to life on stage Bjork employed an all female Icelandic choir, a set of nature films, and custom instruments created especially for the project, including a Tesla coil. The film screens at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Tickets are available here. View the visually stunning trailer at

The equally acclaimed "20,000 Days on Earth," which won World Cinema Documentary awards in directing and editing for first time feature-length filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, follows singer-songwriter Cave through a fictional 24 hours. Originally filmed for promotional purposes, the footage Forsyth and Pollard shot was deemed so compelling the project was extended into a feature film that explores Cave's creative process through his past, his interactions with friends Kylie Minogue, collaborator Warren Ellis, actor Ray Winstone, Bad Seed band member Blixa Bargeld, and psychoanalyst Darian Leader.

The trailer for the film (above) doesn't look or feel like a typical music documentary or an episode of "Behind the Music," but a beautifully shot movie that blurs the lines between fiction and reality.

Tickets for the Neighborhood Theatre screenings are $10 to $15. They're available here.