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The Sound is Innocent

music documentary film by Johana Ožvold
Visions du Réel – Burning Lights Competition 2019


Electronic music is a playground. And your toy can be an instrument, a machine, an object…

The journey into the dreamlike space beyond time unveils the world of electronic music and experimental sound. Our guide during this sonic escape is Johana. She introduces five extraordinary musical personalities who reveal us the crucial element of music creation – the relationship between the artist and the instrument, between the human and the machine.

Steve Goodman aka Kode9 wonders whether there can be music without the humans. John Richards, founder of Dirty Electronics, values cooperation between musicians above the digital creation. Live coder Julian Rohrhuber sees the music programmers as poets behind the computer. Their unique approaches to the musical creation prove us that the electronic music is something you should know more about. And that in many ways it can be perceived as a metaphor to our today’s rapidly changing globalized world.


Original title: The Sound is Innocent
Length: 68 min
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, France
Produced by: Cinémotif Films (CZ)
Co-produced by: Films de Force Majeure (FR), Punkchart films (SK), Czech Television, UPP, Soundsquare, Lyon Capitale TV, RTVS Radio and Television of Slovakia
With the support of: Czech Film Fund, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, PROCIREP-ANGOA, SACEM
Partners: Brno City, RetroUse, Ina
Shooting format: Digital 2K/ Color
Screen ratio: 16:9
Framerate: 24
Original language: English, Czech, French
World premiere: Visions du Réel – Burning Lights Competition 2019


Writer: Johana Ožvold, Lukáš Csicsely
Director: Johana Ožvold
Producer: Kristýna Michálek Květová
Co-producers: Jean-Lauren Csinidis, Ivan Ostrochovský, Katarina Tomková
Cinematography: Šimon Dvořáček
Editor: Zuzana Walter
Dramaturgy: Martin Mareček
Music: Martin Ožvold
Sound: Adam Voneš, Martin Ožvold
Set Designer: Antonín Šilar
Production manager: Kristýna Hněvsová
Main Protagonists: François Bonnez, Steve Goodman, Julian Rohrhuber, John Richards, Hannes Hoelzl& Alberto DeCampo, Et al.


Ex Oriente Film 2016
Eurodoc | Docs in Progress of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2017
East Doc Platform | Czech Docs Evening 2017
East European Forum 2017
East Doc Platform | Czech Docs: Coming Soon 2019


SoundTrack_Cologne 2019 | Music Documentary Award: Special Mention


Visions du Réel 2019; Burning Lights competition
DOK.fest München 2019; Dok.Panorama section
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019; Doc.Rhythm section
!F Istanbul International Independent Film Festival 2019
Les Rencontres Cinématographiques Cerbère-Portbou
Jihlava IDFF | Czech Joy
Soundwatch Music Film Festival
NEXT Festival of Advanced Music
CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz
Revelation Perth International Film Festival Couched event
AFO 55 | Academia Film Olomouc 2020
Kino na Hranici/Kino na Granicy
The Disappearance of Music Haus der Kulturen den Welt
Finále Plzeň
Febiofest SK
Bergamo Film Meeting 2021

© Cinémotif Films, Films de Force Majeure, Punkchart films, Czech Television, UPP, Soundsquare, Lyon Capitale TV, RTVS Radio and Television of Slovakia 2019