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O-Scope Do Whatever Common People Do; Distrib Grabs SXSW Docu “Pulp: A Film About Life, Death, And Supermarkets”

Austin’s tents might be put away and the venue halls are emptied but the flurry of expected post SXSW fest deals are in overdrive. About a week after grabbing another music-theme docu (The Past is a Grotesque Animal), IndieWIRE reports that Oscilloscope Laboratories have once again (see 2012’s Shut Up and Play the Hits) grabbed a “final” concert film in Florian Habicht’s Pulp: A Film About Life, Death, And Supermarkets. Described as an imaginative and witty portrait from THR, O-Scope will put the film in a handful of fests before releasing the film theatrically later in the year.

Gist: PULP find fame on the world stage in the 1990’s with anthems including ‘Common People’ and ‘Disco 2000’. 25 years (and 10 million album sales) later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert. Giving a career best performance exclusive to the film, the band share their thoughts on fame, love, mortality – & car maintenance.

Worth Noting: From wiki, Habicht’s father is the acclaimed ’60s photographer Frank Habicht, whose work, produced mostly in London and Berlin, has recently regained critical and popular interest.

Do We Care?: We’re on the fence with this docu sub-genre. On one hand we have effortless final concert examples such as the LCD Soundsystem portrait Shut Up and Play the Hits and sloppy items such as Shane Meadow’s The Stone Roses: Made of Stone.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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