Berlin Flashback: When Nick Cave Had a ‘Proposition’ for the Berlinale

Berlin Flashback: When Nick Cave Had a ‘Proposition’ for the Berlinale

Nick Cave, the Australian songwriter, screenwriter, composer and actor, is not any stranger to Berlin — each town and the pageant.

In one among his earliest display screen appearances, he confirmed up together with his rock band, Nick Cave and the Dangerous Seeds, performing a live performance in Berlin in Wim Wenders’ 1987 movie Wings of Want. In 2006, Cave made his first go to to the pageant itself with John Hillcoat’s The Proposition, the Aussie Western starring Man Pearce and Ray Winstone, which marked his debut as a solo screenwriter.

In serving to to create an Australian Western, Cave discovered himself breaking new floor and never merely following tropes acquainted from American films since, he argued, his countrymen hadn’t essentially reckoned with their very own previous.

“It’s one thing that Australians haven’t come to phrases with all of it,” he instructed The Guardian’s Dorian Lynskey. “Now we have a way more advanced view of it than I feel the common American does, the place you’ve obtained your good guys and your dangerous guys. In The Proposition, there aren’t actual heroes and there aren’t actual villains. It’s actually a movie about failure.”

Cave might be anticipated to supply up additional reflections on his personal profession in Andrew Dominik’s documentary This A lot I Know to Be True, which is premiering at this yr’s pageant. Dominik is not any stranger to both Cave or his longtime collaborator and bandmate Warren Ellis — the 2 composed the music for the director’s 2007 movie The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Dominik went on to direct the 2016 doc One Extra Time With Feeling, which follows the creation of a Nick Cave and the Dangerous Seeds album after the loss of life of Cave’s teen son. And in his latest movie, he checks again in with Cave as he and Ellis work on their latest albums Ghosteen and Carnage.

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