IN PRAISE OF NOTHING

Iggy Pop narrates - in rimes - Nothing's weekend on Earth

Iggy Pop

“In Praise of Nothing” is a satirical documentary parable about Nothing, in which Nothing, tired of being misunderstood, runs away from home and comes to address us for the first and the last time.


It was researched through 20.000 pages of what’s probably the most eclectic bibliography ever used in a documentary film; shot in 70 countries by 62 cinematographers collaborating through a unique anonymous brainstorming platform; scored by cabaret grandmasters Pascal Comelade and The Tiger Lillies and narrated - in wall-to-wall rimes - by rock punk icon Iggy Pop.

“This is like something from the Renaissance or something.”

- Iggy Pop

“Apothéosique!”

- Pascal Comelade

“A torrential blues litany, tickling the limits of hope.”

- CineLapsus

“Iggy Pop is the voice of Nothing in a film about everything. Confused? This is just the beginning of a massive cosmic comedy.”

- CPH:DOX

“Turns out Zeitgeist has a voiceover of an aging ageless punk icon. How appropriate!”

- Forbes

“An incantatory ode to the quizzical that challenges the pieties of documentary’s presumptive sobriety.”

- Sight & Sound

“A sensationally strange slice of avant-garde pontificating.”

- The Guardian

“This palate cleanser from director Boris Mitic is never less than gorgeous.”

- The Financial Times

“Too wise to be poetic.”

- Film Explorer

“This was the only real thing I saw today.”

- Miss Romania

“A monumental abstraction!”

- Radio Belgrade 3

“A Charlie Chekhov fuckyoumentary!”

- Jacob Michelson-Shamelashivili

“Watching this film is like a mixture of feelings from before and after making love.”

- Agron Domi

“Your poster made my cat melancholic.”

- Magdalena Maksiak

“Can I screen this film at my funeral, twice?”

- Johan Kolinsky

The film will be globally available starting Feb 29, 2019, exclusively via this link.

You can watch it subtitled in 30 languages and follow it up with a free screening
of “Goodbye, How Are You?” - the prequel to “In Praise of Nothing”


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Available subtitles:

Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azeri, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Croatian, Dutch, English, Esperanto, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Macedonian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian

Screenings:

Locarno FF, IDFA (Masters), Moscow FF, Shanghai FF, Sarajevo FF, CPH:DOX, Visions du réel Nyon, Transcinema Lima FF, El Gouna FF, Sofia FF, Jihlava DFF, Bosphorus FF, DocPoint Helsinki/Tallinn, ZagrebDox, Tempo DFF Stockholm, One World Romania FF, Ljubljana DFF, Lichter FF Frankfurt, Go East FF Wiesbaden, Frames of Representation FF London, Mediawave FF, Riga Pasaules FF, Beldocs FF (opening film), Dok.Fest Munich, Docs Against Gravity FF Warsaw (opening film), Seattle FF, Cinemambiente FF Torino (closing film), 86 FF, Underhill FF Podgorica, Solo Positivo FF Šibenik, Golden Apricot FF Yerevan, 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival, Dokufest Prizren, Liburnia FF, Makedox FF Skopje, Nancy FF, Meetings in Siberia FF Novosibirsk, Balinale FF Bali, Manaki Brothers FF Bitola, Festival de Cine Radical Bolivia, Festifreak FF La Plata, Saratov Sufferings FF, DokuArt Bjelovar, Bergen FF, DokuBaku, L’Alternativa Barcelona (closing film), Escales documentaires de La Rochelle, Tirana FF (closing film), FICLO FF OLHAO, Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement Geneva, Faena Art Center Miami/Buenos Aires, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Palazzo delle Esposizioni Rome, Palazzo Grassi Venezia, Art Encounters Biennale Timisoara, Discutia secreta Arad, Momenta Biennale de l’image Montreal...

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years of research

28476

pages of bibliography

436

rimes in the narration

30

available subtitles

62

cinematographers

296

selected shots

2116

submitted shots

12452

brainstorming comments

CREDITS


Written and directed by

Boris Mitić


Narrated by

Iggy Pop


Music:

Pascal Comelade, The Tiger Lillies


Additional music:

Hang Massive, Anouar Brahem


Guest musicians:

Aimilia Varanaki – violin, Ole Tholen – sax, Justin Remfrey – double bass, Timothy Remfrey – drums


Sound mix:

Bruno Tarrière, Ivan Uzelac


Additional music mix:

Timm Brockmann


Cinematographers:

Sebastian Alfie, David Batty, Nedžad Begović, Attila Boa, Roman Bondarchuk, Dušan Brković, Alicia Cano, Rodolfo Castillo-Morales, Sorin Dragoi, Amlan Dutta, Aleksandr Elkan, Eleftherios Fylaktos, Eduard Georgadze, Michael Glawogger, Siniša Glogoški, Ed Godsell, Marino Grgurev, Mohammed Hashem, Miloš Jaćimović, Olivier Jourdain, Goran Jović, Talal Khoury, Jessica Kingdon, Justin Kramer, Niklas Kullstrom, Edmond Laccon, Branko Lazić, Vitaly Mansky, Zoran Marinović, Jovana Milanko, Boris Mitić, Chris Moon, Lucian Muntean, Chingiz Narynov, Boris Poljak, Maja Rašić, Ranajit Ray, Francesco Scarel, Eugen Schlegel, Rui Silveira, Aleksey Solodunov, Andrijana Stojković, Dmitriy Stoykov, Katerina Suvorova, Oleksandr Techinski, Riho Vastrik, Ana Maria Vijdea, Vuk Vukmanović, Anna Zaboeva, Teco Wong


Editing:

Boris Mitić


Color grading:

Théophile Rausch, Raphaël Frauenfelder, Tomislav Vujnović


Online brainstorming platform & webmastering:

Danko Zloporubović


Web-series:

Written & directed by Boris Mitić, narrated by Denis Lavant, animated by Miloš Gojković & Franka Tretinjak, sound mixed by Stevan Milošević


Assistant director:

Vedran Senjanović


Production assistants:

Marija Stojnić, Giulia Olivieri


Producers:

Boris Mitić, Fabrizio Polpettini, Pierre Malachin


Poster art:

Lovro Artuković, Tošo Borković, Alejandra Roman


Technical facilities:

Kaldrma-Belgrade, Danit Web-Leskovac, Vizije SFT-Zagreb, Studio 64-Berlin, Elite Music Studio-Miami, Les Films du Périscope-Paris, Solo & co-Paris


Special thanks:

Orkhan Agazadeh, Isabel Arrate, Darya Averchenko, Predrag Bambić, Alice Bardan, Louay Basha, Darya Bassel, Simone Baumann, Andrea Bellini, Gabor Bene, Khalil Benkirane, Igor Bezinović, Lazar Bodroža, Attila Boltresz, Chris Bowman, Martichka Bozhilova, Bernd Buder, Manuela Buono, Darija Buzaković, Jack & Soojin Cahill, Ximena Caminos, Cesar Charlone, Alastair Cole, Danny Cudd, Marko Cvetković, Rita Czapo-Sweet, Gianmarco D’Agostino, Marie Débat, Olga Delane, Ally Derks, Tamara Djermanović, Olja Djukanović, Agron Domi, Maša Drndić, Lorenzo Esposito, Natalie Estève, Brand Ferro, Pablo Ferro, Nebojša Bogdanović, Milena Forero, Tina Funk, Majda Gantar, Johannes Gierlinger, Jenny Gil, Ingvil Giske, Andrea Glawogger, Gavrilo Glogovac, Régine Gorgerat, Elisabeth Grand, Emmanuel Gras, Antonella Grieco, Alessandro Gropplero, Abir Hashem, Igor Hashimi, Sonia Henrici, Andreas Heusser, Vladana Ilić, Torfinn Iversen, Peter Jaeger, Vanja Jambrović, Nikola Janković, Martyn Jaques, Boban Jevtić, Sophie Jolly, Vladimir Jovičić, Ziad Kalthoum, Bojan Kanjera, Hanka Kastelicova, Elvira Kaurin, Nurit Kedar, Tibor Keser, Ali Khechen, Min-Chul Kim, James Kirby, Marcin Knyziak, Mladen Kovačević, Dejan Nikolaj Kraljačić, Alain Lahana, Sabine Lange, Charles Le Bas, Petr Lom, Aleksandar Ljubojević, Zoe Lukov, Nilotpal Majumdar, Maša Marković, Pier Marton, Henry McGroggan, Noé Mendelle, Nemanja Mosurović, Mitić-Trbojević, Ekta Mittal, Gry Mortensen, Irene Nduta Kimuli, Nevena Negojević, Nikolai Nikitin, Marko Njegić, Florencio Nocetti, Maria Ochoa Sierra, Lt. Jody Ordeneaux, Joseph Park, Jean Perret, Martina Petrović, Milena Z. Petrović, Mira Petrović, Rajko Petrović, Ira Prica, Aleksandar Protić, Iva Radivojević, Nevena Radojević, Mona Rai, Ognjen Rakčević, Sanja Ravlić, Régine Régal, Jon Reiss, Dario Ristić,  Domagoj Rubić, Marina Russo, Sayantan Sarkar, Laetitia Schoofs, Sophie Seashell, Petra Seliškar, Supriyo Sen, Hacienda Senjanović, Yulia Serdukova, Oliver Sertić, Rada Šešić, Nebojša Slijepčević, Sylvie Smets, Matteo Solaro, Veronica Souto, Miško Stevanović, Andrijana Stojković, Audrius Stonys, Nick Tarbitt, Martijn Te Pas, Jani Thiltges, Paul Thiltges, Séverine Thuet, Igor Toholj, Agnès Tricot, Xavière Tsaï, Mila Turajlić, Biljana Tutorov, Milan Tvrdišić, Nataša Urban, Milan Varadinović, Nenad Vasić, Harry Vaughn, Dragan Vildović, Patrick Viret, Melanie de Vocht, Paola Vojnović, Dragan Von Petrović, Miroljub Vucković, Mladen Vusurović, Katja Wildermuth, Monika Willi, Peter Wirthensohn, Beatrix Wood, Edward Yoo, Isabelle Zaborowski, Marija Završki, Idun Zillmann


A Dribbling Pictures (Belgrade), Anti-Absurd (Zagreb) & La Bête (Paris) co-production,
in association with Arte FRANCE La Lucarne, RTS-SSR, SVT, YLE and KRO-NCRV


Supported by Film Center Serbia , Croatian Audiovisual Center, CNC Cosip, Creative Europe MEDIA Program, IDFA Bertha Fund, Procirep-Angoa, The Center of Contemporary Art of Geneva, HEAD Genève and Faena Art

Nothingpedia


A cocktail of resources & research digests about Nothing


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Director’s statement


“I wanted to make a cinematic equivalent to the best satirical book ever, Erasmus’s 1513 humanistic classic “In Praise of Folly”, in which Folly goes around the world arguing that it is smarter to be mad than to be smart. 500 years later, it is Nothing who gets the main role.” - Boris Mitić


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