For a little over ten years, every late October Barcelona has the opportunity to experience music as a movie. The Beefeater In-Edit festival (you can tell who the main sponsor is) programs a selection of the best new music documentaries of the world. There is something for everyone: ranging from classical to disco, from high-budgets production to documentaries made with an iPhone. The festival caters to those whose fandom of music goes way beyond concert venues.
To value how important this festival is in the music-documentary world, it should be remembered that a couple of years ago Searching for Sugar-Man, the story of an American musician that was a hit in South Africa while remaining in the dark in the US, won the audience prize. A couple of months later, this same documentary won an Oscar.
All the events and concerts are in two movie theaters, quite close to each other and to Plaça Universitat: MultiSalas Aribau (on the picture) and Aribau Club (two blocks away).
For this year, 50 documentaries will be playing starting Friday October 24th until Sunday November 2nd. The music stories can be about well known artists (Pulp, Spandau Ballet, Frank Zappa, John Cage, Fela Kuti, Mahler, and Johnny Winter among others) and also about those where, even if they tried to be someone in the music industry, something was not quite right. Give it a shot and enjoy one of the most interesting crowds of film festivals in Barcelona… listen to the music also with your eyes.