International Documentary Competition


  • Description
  • Director AJ Schnack has created something quite close to an autobiography of Kurt Cobain. The documentary draws upon a series of audiotaped conversations between Cobain and music writer Michael Azerrad over 1992 and 1993, recorded for Azerrad's book Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana. Just one year later, Cobain killed himself.

    The Kurt Cobain caught on tape is casual, funny, angry and candid. He speaks openly about his struggles with depression, drugs and fame. On his musical inspirations, he recalls wondering, "How successful do you think a band could be if they mixed heavy Black Sabbath with the Beatles?" On his wife, Courtney Love: "She is a magnet for exciting things to happen." On the media: "Everyone wants to see us die."

    In 1991, Nirvana's album "Nevermind" skyrocketed out of nowhere to become an influential smash. The pressures of celebrity were crushing to Cobain. "We're cartoon characters," he says. This film replaces the one-dimensional constructions of him we've come to know with a complex, resonant portrait.

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