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DAFT PUNK’S ELECTROMA

Director: GUY-MANUEL DE HOMEM-CHRISTO, & THOMAS BANGALTER

JAPAN-U.S.A.| 2006. COLOUR. DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO. 74 MIN.


This visually ravishing science-fiction fable from Daft Punk duo Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter draws on the pair’s love of movies and their obsession with technology. Two robots (Peter Hurteau and Michael Reich) drive through an arid American landscape in a 1987 Ferrari 412 to the beat of Todd Rundgren’s seminal ‘International Feel’. They arrive at a town in Inyo County, California, where all residents sport similar helmets. The two robots drive to a high-tech facility where scientists pour liquid latex over their helmets to make grotesque human masks that anger locals. Leaving the town and their dream of becoming human, the pair set out on a lengthy and ultimately perilous hike across the desert salt flats.

The film is without dialogue and doesn’t feature any of Daft Punk’s music. Instead, it boasts some stunningly beautiful imagery and an evocative soundtrack featuring numbers from Brian Eno (‘In Dark Trees’), Curtis Mayfield (‘Billy Jack’), Sebastian Tellier (‘Universe’) as well as pieces by Chopin and Haydn. The cinematic references range from George Lucas’ THX 1138 to Gus Van Sant’s Gerry.

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