A new Paul Thomas Anderson movie is always something to be savored, but a surprise Paul Thomas Anderson movie is something to jump in joy about. Yes, there's a new PTA movie, but it isn't another of his masterful narrative features - this time it's a music doc. Called Junun, the doc premieres at the New York Film Festival at the end of September and it sees PTA traveling to India with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood (who has been scoring PTA's films of late). From the NYFF listing:
Earlier this year, Paul Thomas Anderson joined his close friend and collaborator Jonny Greenwood on a trip to Rajasthan in northwest India, where they were hosted by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, and he brought his camera with him. Their destination was the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, where Greenwood (with the help of Radiohead engineer Nigel Godrich) was recording an album with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur and an amazing group of musicians: Aamir Bhiyani, Soheb Bhiyani, Ajaj Damami, Sabir Damami, Hazmat, and Bhanwaru Khan on brass; Ehtisham Khan Ajmeri, Nihal Khan, Nathu Lal Solanki, Narsi Lal Solanki, and Chugge Khan on percussion; Zaki Ali Qawwal, Zakir Ali Qawwal, Afshana Khan, Razia Sultan, Gufran Ali, and Shazib Ali on vocals; and Dara Khan and Asin Khan on strings. The finished film, just under an hour, is pure magic. Junun lives and breathes music, music-making, and the close camaraderie of artistic collaboration. It’s a lovely impressionistic mosaic and a one-of-a-kind sonic experience: the music will blow your mind.
So it's short, but that doesn't make it any less cool! My understanding is that this movie is absolutely excellent, and I for one can't wait to see it - with a great sound system, of course.