David Knight - 26th Feb 2019

If you want to remember why you fell in love with dance music in the first place, this is the one for you.

João Retorta travels to Ukraine to capture the spirit of a youth subculture devoted to rave, soundtracked by the euphoric techno of Prayer, by the Leeds electronic duo Prospa.

Retorta has created a heightened, impressionistic piece about the kids who get lost in the music - and feeding in their experiences and philosophy throughout the piece via subtitles. As the subtitles become stranger, the line between documentary and fiction is completely blurred. The very stylish visuals serve the music beautifully, aided by a superb edit by Brendan Jenkins.

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorJoao Retorta
ProducerNick Hayes
ProducerDasha Deriagina
Production CompanyBullion Productions
Executive ProducerJames Willis
Director of PhotographyNorm Li
StylistDariia Lagenberg
EditorBrendan Jenkins
Editing companyTenThree
ColouristJoseph Bicknell
Lead actorMasha Kotsar
CommissionerSemera Khan
CommissionerMarco Grey
LabelPolydor

David Knight - 26th Feb 2019

Related Content

video

Prose 'Run With Faith' by Joao Retorta

Bullion's latest signing Joao Retorta has created this video for Manchester-based band Prose's Run With Faith, and as he says, it's "a coming-of-age piece about …

Cat Velez - 24th Nov 2015

video

Jelani Blackman 'Lockjaw' by Joao Retorta

A constantly moving camera on a tower block staircase finds Jelani Blackman on every landing, and dizzying sense of disorientation and claustrophobia, in Joao Retorta's video for Lockjaw.

Promonews - 9 months ago

video

Wolf Alice 'Heavenward' by João Retorta

Boiler Room called in their regular collaborator João Retorta to bring Wolf Alice’s story to life in the second part of a performance-led series featuring nominated artists of this year's …

Lassamie Prasimay - 10 months ago

Latest News