One sleep until End of the Road! If you have a chance to swing by the cinema tent you can catch the premiere of the new Jonathan Caouette film Walk Away Renee tomorrow as part of the Bella Union takeover.
A note from the director -
I just wanna say THANK YOU to my mother Renee Leblanc. I also wanna thank the great End Of The Road festival for showing my film. I also wanna shout out and thank everyone who has helped pull and or prodded, championed, endorsed and helped enable this challenging film.
There are many multitudes of persons I would like to thank but there are simply too many to list, but namely I wanna thank Pierre Paul Puljiz, agnes b Lovestreams, Morgane productions and Wild Bunch in France along with the indefatigable and dear Simon Raymonde, Bella Union, Phil Lawlor, Louise Hammar. With out these last wonderful people I just listed there would simply be a film with no music and I cannot imagine anyone sitting through this story without the music. This is essentially a companion piece and a ultimately a conclusion to my 2004 film Tarnation.
The band will be playing shows in the UK/Europe in October & November with label buddies The Walkmen:
Monday 29th October – DUBLIN, Vicar Street
Tuesday 30th October – MANCHESTER, Ritz
Thursday 1st November – LONDON, Forum
Friday 2nd November – PARIS, Pitchfork Music Festival
Saturday 3rd November – AMSTERDAM, Paradiso
Xiu Xiu have a new video to share with you for ‘Joey’s Song‘ which featured on the album Always released earlier this year on Bella Union. The clip, which in typical Xiu Xiu style begins a little dark and disturbingly, follows a young man as he roams through the city, parks and fields of Berlin.
In other Xiu Xiu news, Jamie Stewart & co. have announced an extensive European Tour throughout October and November. All dates below.
Thursday 25th October - Rome (IT), TBA
Friday 26th October - Ravenna (IT), Bronson
Saturday 27th October - Verona (IT), Auditorium Malchovic
Sunday 28th October - Jesi (IT), TNT
Tuesday 30th October - Zagreb (HR), Tvornica
Wednesday 31st October - Helsinki (FI), Korjaamo
Thursday 1st November – Oslo (NO), Revolver
Friday 2nd November – Linz (AT), Ahoi Pop Festival
Saturday 3rd November – Innsbruck (AT), PMK Bogen
Sunday 4th November – Nuernberg (DE), K4
Monday 5th November – Wiesbaden (DE), Schlachthof
Tuesday 6th November – Erfurt (DE), Theater Am Palais
Wednesday 7th November – Dresden (DE), Beatpol
Thursday 8th November – Wuerzburg (DE), Cafe Cairo
Friday 9th November – Brno (CZ), TBA
Saturday 10th November – Wien (AT), Arena
Sunday 11th November – Prague (CZ), Klub Strahov 9007
Monday 12th November – Koeln (DE), Baustelle Kalk
Tuesday 13th November – Zwolle (NL), Eureka
Wednesday 14th November – Antwerp (BE), Trix
Thursday 15th November – Heidelberg (DE), Karlstorbahnhof
Friday 16th November – Metz (FR), Musiques Volantes Festival
Saturday 17th November – Fribourg (CH), Fri-Son
The new film by Jonathan Caouette is set to premiere in the cinema tent at End of the Road on August 31st, as part of the Bella Union takeover day.
Our very own Simon Raymonde acted as music supervisor for the film, which has been showed at the Cannes and Moscow film festivals. So if you can spare 90 minutes on August 31st or need a little sit down and a rest from running around watching (all the best) bands, then may we suggest you spend it in the cinema tent?
Picking up where his trailblazing, internationally celebrated, first-person fever dream TARNATION left off, director Jonathan Caouette returns with WALK AWAY RENEE, a bold, brave, and emotionally potent documentary reverie.
Caouette embarks on a road trip to move his mentally ill mother Renee from Texas to New York, a journey that both tightens and tests their familial bond. As they encounter roadblocks in the present, the film flashes back to moments from the past, giving us insight into this anything-but-ordinary mother/son relationship, and bringing us up to speed on the heart-rending events that led up to the road trip.
While Renee fights to maintain a grip on reality, Jonathan is faced with impossible decisions that pit sanity against mortality, familial devotion and personal survival. Through candid home movies, split-screen verité, musical montage, hallucinatory psychedelia, and dramas both actual and imagined, the film raises questions about love, sacrifice, and the slippery instability of consciousness.