A music documentary directed by Amélie Ravalec
Reviews of Paris/Berlin: 20 Years Of Underground Techno
"This will be one of the classic documentaries of music journalism." - Bump Festival, IR
Paris/Berlin immerses us in the dark cellars of Berlin and Paris, at a time where underground techno has never been so alive.
Through interviews with some of modern Techno’s most lauded DJs and producers, ‘Paris / Berlin - 20 Years Of Underground Techno’ tells the story of the sound’s spread from Detroit in the late ‘80s to the titular European capitals in the ‘90s and beyond.
Constantly maintaining a historical and social tension, the documentary is one of the most serious studies on the subject of techno. It conveys the energy, faith and sincerity that led to its realisation. There is something wonderful and deeply moving that occurs when the end credits roll. Taken on a journey, the viewer realises that a deep and sincere love for this music is what drives these people.
French director Amélie Ravalec brings us a documentary that follows the footsteps of techno movement, this time with an uncompromising focus on underground techno over the past two decades in Europe and its resilient force that has captivated people. The film provides a meaningful picture if not the answer to what makes underground techno special.
Paris/Berlin is a really interesting reflection on new music itself, on artists and fans who refuse to compromise, preferring to inhabit the subterranean underground where the desire for the new and different is incubated.
This documentary is not only an auditory treat but also a spectacle to behold, weaving together wonderful stylised footage, musical performances and insight from some of the genre’s most innovative and influential figures.