They’re the Icelandic anticapitalist BDSM-inspired techno group who caused controversy and finished in the top ten at Eurovision 2019. Now Hatari is set to tell the story of their Eurovision experience with the documentary film A Song Called Hate. The film will make its debut at this year’s Warsaw International Film Festival.
Hatari are set to compete in the Festival’s Free Spirit category. The festival describes that competition as being dedicated to “independent, innovative, rebellious feature-length fiction and documentary films from all over the world.”
The Warsaw International Film Festival runs from 9 to 18 October 2020 and is due to take place at various cinemas in Warsaw. Tickets for the festival will go on sale from 4 October.
Currently, the Polish government requires that indoor cinemas can only be filled to 50% capacity and that social distancing of 1.5 metres must be used. Cinemagoers are also required to wear a mask.
Watch the trailer for A Song Called Hate
In May, the trailer for the film was dropped, giving fans a taste of what they can expect from the film.
Hatari, an award winning, anti-capitalist, BDSM, techno-band’, who win the public vote to represent Iceland at the Eurovision Song-Contest in Tel-Aviv 2019. They turn heads and open minds with their full-on antics as they highlight the pressing Israel-Palestine conflict. #theartofmakingastand #artisticfreedom #creativeexpression #hatari #BasharMurad #TrashyClothing #tattarrattat #levelk #eurovision "
Posted by A Song Called Hate on Thursday, 14 May 2020
The trailer features Hatari facing international media attention, including appearances from the BBC, US talk show host John Oliver and, of course, wiwibloggs. But Hatari weren’t any ordinary Eurovision act.
The preview quickly cuts to the chase and gets political. The Palestine issue is brought up and Mattias is heard explaining the band’s intention to “criticise the Israeli government with discussion, with art, with ideas, rather than boycott it.”
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@levelkfilm is happy to announce that its Icelandic documentary A SONG CALLED HATE is set to have its world premiere at Warsaw International Film Festival October 9th – 18th, where it will participate in the Free Spirit Competition. “Hatari claim to be driven by a mission to end late capitalism. Their selection to represent Iceland at Eurovision is audacious, but now they must confront the true cost of taking their message to a global stage. Faced with the political context of a non-political Eurovision song contest, hosted in Israel with occupied territories on the doorstep, Hatari decides to take a stand. Ultimately, A Song Called Hate asks what is the role of the artist and do they have a responsibility to engage in politics? If so, do intentions even count, without actions? With unique access, this documentary examines how these young artists cope, both on and off stage, and how they can navigate criticism, when it comes from all sides. With a mission to penetrate the high gloss and shiny show-business of Eurovision, Hatari are forced to accept that everything they do might just be read as irony, because is it even possible to participate within a system while simultaneously rejecting it?” #hatari #eurovision
The film distributors say “Ultimately, A Song Called Hate asks what is the role of the artist and do they have a responsibility to engage in politics? If so, do intentions even count, without actions?”
They go on to say that “With a mission to penetrate the high gloss and shiny show-business of Eurovision, Hatari are forced to accept that everything they do might just be read as irony, because is it even possible to participate within a system while simultaneously rejecting it?”
A Song Called Hate is the directorial debut of the London-based Icelandic director Anna Hildur.
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