France, Germany 2022 – Director: Alain Gomis – Original language: English, French – Subtitles: English

​​In December 1969 the jazz musician Thelonious Monk was filmed before a concert in Paris by a crew from French television – and found himself confronted by distressing repetition and stereotypes. What did Monk do? He gave a taciturn response, held his peace – and played the piano. Archive footage shows a sensitive and exceptional artist and a person who lives entirely for his music. Monika Haas


Sound: Matthieu DENIAU. Editing: Alain GOMIS. Music: THELONIOUS S. MONK. Production: Andolfi, Sphere Films. Producer: Arnaud Dommerc. Length: 65 min. International Sales: Andolfi / Sphere Films in association with The Party Film Sales Distribution: Die Gesellschaft DGS.

No youth rating


Alain Gomis

French-Senegalese director Alain Gomis studied film and art history at the Sorbonne. After video and short films, he made his first feature film L'AFRANCE in 2002, which won the Silver Leopard at Locarno.  


FÉLICITÉ, FR/DE/SN 2017, 123 min.
AUJOURD’HUI, FR/SN 2012, 86 min.
L’AFRANCE, SN/FR 2001, 90 min.

From Afro-Cuban big band jazz to choral sounds and musical rediscovery: delivers music for the eyes and ears. Presented by ARTE.



#The Art of Living: Art, Theater, Music, Dance, Literature, Photography #Europe 2022
  • Sunday
    Deutsches Theater Silbersaal
    Original with English subtitles
  • Friday
    Neues Rottmann