Jimis Last Blues

Jimis Last BluesJimis Last Festival

Filmforum, Germany 2020, 80 Min., no dialogue

In September 1970, the Love and Peace Festival was held at the Flügger lighthouse on Fehmarn Island in the Baltic. Planned as the German response to the legendary Woodstock festival, the chaotic event had about 25,000 visitors. Wind and rain dominated the ambience, and the star guest Jimi Hendrix initially refused to perform under those conditions. But then the moment came. Hits like "Hey Joe" and "Purple Haze" resounded over the festival grounds, in their increasingly dismantled state. Immediately after the performance, Hendrix left for London, where he died a few days later. Fifty years later, filmmaker Rasmus Gerlach reconstructed the event using an array of found and amateur footage. The super-8 and 16mm footage not only shows Hendrix's last festival appearance, but also offers insight into a bygone era marked by upheaval and resistance.

Director Rasmus Gerlach

Screenplay Rasmus Gerlach

Producer Rasmus Gerlach

Production Company Kinoki GmbH, Elmenhorststraße 2, 22767 Hamburg

Cast Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox, Mitch Mitchell, Neil Landon, Alexis Korner

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