A docu-film about CYNDI LAUPER opens SEEYOUSOUND

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From 23 February to 3 March 2024 the SEEYOUSOUND International Music Film Festival will take place in Turin, the only one in Italy entirely dedicated to music-themed cinema, which this year has had ten editions.

Ten years in which the festival has grown, earning a place in the hearts, eyes and ears of the thousands of spectators who have not missed this event, and has ranged between the most diverse ways of enjoying music. Not only mythical genres and characters and light-hearted rhythms that have marked entire decades, but also sounds that take you away from known paths and push on the accelerator of synesthesia.


A festival that has always been a party and will be even more so in this tenth edition which opens with the Italian premiere of LET THE CANARY SING by Alison Ellwood (2023, USA/UK, 99′), which takes the audience into exploration of the life and career of the legendary pop icon Cyndi Lauper, known to the whole world for the irresistible 1983 song Girls Just Want to Have Fun, a true anthem for young feminists of the time and beyond.


The film moves from his growth in a working-class neighborhood of Queens – NY, through his youth as a rebellious punk to his rise on the global music scene thanks to his catchy yet socially engaged pop songs. Through interviews with Lauper herself, archive footage and testimonials from equally famous figures such as Boy George, Billy Porter and Patti LaBelle, Let The Canary Sing shows an eclectic, brilliant and engaging singer-songwriter, but also an outspoken feminist artist, true to herself itself and with an incredible ability to focus attention on issues such as emancipation, abortion, racism and gender discrimination.

After the debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and the selection at the prestigious IDFA in Amsterdam, the documentary arrives in Italy for the first time thanks to Seeyousound, on Friday 23 February at 8.45pm at the Cinema Massimo with guest in the room Alison Ellwood, award-winning director of documentaries, as well as producer and editor, with several titles dedicated to the world of music to her credit including Laurel Canyon, an Emmy-nominated two-part doc that offers an intimate portrait of the artists who gave birth to a revolution from the Los Angeles neighborhood of the same name musical, The Go-Go’s winner of Best Musical Film at the Critics’ Choice Awards, and History of the Eagles.


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An example of this is the presence of the talented French musician CHRISTOPHE CHASSOL, a unique composer and musician who, through the combination of documentary film, animation and repeated special effects, generates rhythms and melodies involving the spectator in the discovery of surprising characters and situations, as well as of infinite points of synchronization between images and sounds. This process – which he defines as ultrascoring – is his distinctive signature, a work of tailoring video to audio where the images are first of all musical material and the music is a further enhancement of the strength of the video. Chassol has collaborated with musicians of the caliber of Phoenix, Sebastien Tellier, Frank Ocean and Solange and released four albums/films Nola Cherie, Indiamore, Big Sun (with which he won the audience award in the first edition of Seeyousound) and Ludi.

On Friday 1 March at 9.00 pm at the Cinema Massimo Chassol will present his personal “Best of” at Seeyousound X with the most important and famous scenes from his films and shows

The return of Chassol in the tenth anniversary edition marks the “full stop” for Seeyousound, 4 years after the performance scheduled in the edition interrupted by the pandemic crisis, in which he should have presented his work for the first time in Italy Ludi.



ph: Cyndi-Lauper-trying-on-clothes_©Laurie-Paladino-2023


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