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Paul Thomas Anderson Has Made a New Documentary on Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood

Junun to Premiere at New York Film Festival

Aug 21, 2015 Jonny Greenwood
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Acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) has had Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood score his last three films: There Will Be Blood, The Master, and Inherent Vice. Now the director has turned the tables and made Greenwood the subject of a new documentary, Junun. The 54-minute film chronicles the album Greenwood has been recording in India with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur.

The documentary will have its world premiere at the 53rd New York Film Festival, which runs from September 25 to October 11. A listing on the festival’s website describes the film as such: “Earlier this year, Paul Thomas Anderson joined his close friend and collaborator Jonny Greenwood on a trip to Rajasthan in northwest India, where they were hosted by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, and he brought his camera with him. Their destination was the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, where Greenwood (with the help of Radiohead engineer Nigel Godrich) was recording an album with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur and an amazing group of musicians: Aamir Bhiyani, Soheb Bhiyani, Ajaj Damami, Sabir Damami, Hazmat, and Bhanwaru Khan on brass; Ehtisham Khan Ajmeri, Nihal Khan, Nathu Lal Solanki, Narsi Lal Solanki, and Chugge Khan on percussion; Zaki Ali Qawwal, Zakir Ali Qawwal, Afshana Khan, Razia Sultan, Gufran Ali, and Shazib Ali on vocals; and Dara Khan and Asin Khan on strings. The finished film, just under an hour, is pure magic. Junun lives and breathes music, music-making, and the close camaraderie of artistic collaboration. It’s a lovely impressionistic mosaic and a one-of-a-kind sonic experience: the music will blow your mind.”

(Via Pitchfork)


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