Programmed by Benoît Hické
An impressive visual and audio experience drifting down the Danube to gypsy music and encountering “Men”, the Roma people.
This film has a dreamlike quality, light and dark by turns as it takes us on a contemporary odyssey. Stephan Crasneanscki made it during his trips down the Danube as he held out his mic to the Soundwalk Collective for their 2014 album “Sons of the Wind”. An entire world unfurled from this collective of visual and sound artists and directors, and it went on to inspire this movie. We see and read in it the murmurs of the river, we learn of the characters’ histories and lives. And above all, we’re spellbound by the frenzied gypsy music flushed out from the river’s bends. This film is infinitely immersive. It can be listened to. It can be felt. It can make you want to travel through these regions with their tortuous geopolitics, whose unity owes a lot to the nomadic communities that have stealth and the wind as their allies. “Princes Among Men” offers us a close-up of the Lautari clan, the musicians including the celebrated Taraf de Haïdouks. We see the patriarch in his family role, as head of the clan, stunningly charismatic, like an illustration of what Tony Gatlif revealed about artists, “Gypsy music is a cry of pain, an ancestral pain that comes from the soul of a whole people”.
Programmer and professor