Music Film Festival: Play with the Devil
Zeal & Ardor is an avant-garde metal band founded and led by Afro-American-Swiss musician Manuel Gagneux. The band made their international debut in Tilburg in 2017 at the Roadburn festival. Now there comes the documentary.
In the documentary ‘Play With The Devil’ by Olivier Joliat and Matthias Willi, the musical development of Zeal & Ardor from living room project to internationally acclaimed live band is clearly highlighted. The film shows how Gagneux questions and breaks taboos with his music. It also reveals how being hailed as a new kind of leader by his fans terrifies the introverted artist. How does he deal with the high expectations?
After the film screening, the Swiss directors Olivier Joliat and Matthias Willi will participate in the Q&A with the audience. Olivier Joliat is himself a musician, journalist and filmmaker of various short films. ‘Play with the Devil’ is his first feature film. Matthias Willi is a photographer and filmmaker in Basel. He previously made a documentary about singer/songwriter Anthony Thomas.