Edition 202265' - 2022 - Documentary - Dialogue: French, English
Director: Alain Gomis With: Thelonious Monk
French-Senegalese director Alain Gomis is venturing into documentary filmmaking for the first time. Rewind & Play shows Thelonious Monk and the way he was treated in the 1960s in France. Extremely enlightening cinema.
Gomis found unreleased footage of a French TV show with the genius pianist and composer Thelonious Monk in 1969. From these rushes, he reconstructs a film showing an unseen Monk, who wrestles in his own way with the stereotypes building around him.
“Any artist can attest that giving interviews can be a tough chore. For jazz pianist Thelonious Monk facing the cameras on 15 December 1969 on a small studio stage was excruciating. In Rewind & Play, Alain Gomis unearths never seen material to disclose the inner workings of a TV programme from an entirely new angle.”- Cineuropa
Arnaud Dommerc, Alain Gomis, Anouk Khelifa
Sphere Films, Andolfi
Countries of production
Caramels et chocolats (short, 1996), Tout le monde peut se tromper (short, 1998), Whirlwinds (short, 1999), As a Man (2001), Little Light (short, 2003), Ahmed (short, 2007), Andalucia (2007), Today (2011), Félicité (2016), Rewind & Play (2022)