Ibiza Occidente

Ibiza Occidente. 2011.

  • Director: Günter Schwaiger
  • Duration: 86 minutes
  • Genre: documentary
Synopsis: In the Hollywood of electronic music, musicians, DJs, gogos and promoters work on a sophisticated entertainment machine to satisfy the desires, entertainment and freedom of an accelerated Western society. For many, this island is the paradigm of frivolity and fun without limits; however it is also the world capital of electronic music and one of places with the greatest musical creativity in Europe. Each of the "nueve y media historias musicales" represents an aspect of Ibiza, or even of the world. The protagonist of every story is the island, however, above all, the music is her inspiration. Because in Ibiza the music is the cardinal point where all converges.

Commentary:

‘Ibiza Occidente’ is the fourth documentary by the Austrian Günter Schwaiger, in whose films we can see a chilling work about a former SS, titled ‘Hafner’s Paradise’ (2007). In ‘Ibiza Occidente’, Schwaiger explores the major music scene currently held in Ibiza, described by the director as “the Hollywood of electronic music” island.

The filming began in 2010. According to Schwaiger, “I was interested in Ibiza when I realized that the clichés of the island were nothing more than an attempt to classify an uncomfortable but real phenomenon: a musical culture that has managed to bring together people from all over the planet and of different ages to live intense experiences and often prohibited. Despite continued attempts to resist domestication, Ibiza can not escape the reality of a stressful society that capitalizes leisure with a sophisticated and extremely effective machinery. ” In the documentary, involving various icons of the Ibizan electronic music, includes an interview with veteran singer of “cançó pagesa”, Toni Gustinet and his wife.

‘Ibiza Occidente’ premiered in Spain on January 27, 2012, and has participated in several international festivals. It has also been issued on national television “Radio Televisión Española”, who collaborated in the production of the documentary.

Commentary written by Enrique Villalonga, head of the production company Filmótica.

References:

La butaca. Article by José Arce. September 13, 2010.

Diario de Ibiza. Article by Vicente Valero. November 16, 2011.

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  • TECHNICAL DETAILS

  • Producer Mosolov-P (Spain) and Günter Schwaiger Film (Austria)
  • Director Günter Schwaiger
  • Photography Víctor Martín y Günter Schwaiger
  • Edition Martin Eller y Günter Schwaiger
  • Sound designer Miguel Rejas
  • Casting DJ Alfredo, Manel Aragonés, Ricardo Urgell, Mike y Claire, Ricoloop, Arian Beheshti, Nuwella Love, Toni Gustinet, Álvaro Sánchez, Cristian Varela y Lovely Laura