International Program

Rewind & Play

Alain Gomis

Thursday Thu 23.06.202223.06.2214:00Stadtkino Basel
Saturday Sat 25.06.202225.06.2222:15kult.kino atelier

Alain Gomis

France, Germany 2022. 65 Min.
Color. English, French/ EN

On December 15, 1969, Thelonious Monk landed in Paris for an upcoming concert and was immediately whisked off to a French television station where he was to be interviewed by musician-producer Henri Renaud for a recording on the program Jazz Portrait. The aired segment ran for 30 minutes, yet the recording session itself lasted two hours – which the great jazz icon spent under the baking-hot studio lights, surrounded by an army of cameramen speaking a language he did not understand and a media-machine’s dehumanizing exigency to reduce an artist’s life and work to a series of cued soundbites and trivial anecdotes. 


With Rewind & Play, Alain Gomis reassembles that session’s raw footage, freeing truth from mediated image. Through rhythmic syncopation similar to Monk’s own, Gomis undercuts the linearity of dictated narrative by letting silent passages speak for Monk’s muted reactions, while repeated lines of questioning reveal the subliminal racism of “jazz portraiture.” Even as close-ups of pained eyes and streams of sweat become a testament to this punishing ordeal, it is through performance that Monk regains liberation and Gomis, in turn, restores him the agency of self-representation.


“It brings tears to my eyes when I see the shit that my father was going through.” T.S. Monk Jr.

(Andrei Tănăsescu)


DirectorAlain Gomis
EditingAlain Gomis
Sound DesignMatthieu Deniau
SoundMatthieu Deniau
Production CompanyAnouk Khélifa (Sphere Films), Arnaud Dommerc (Andolfi)
World SalesAndolfi / Sphere Films

Alain Gomis

The Franco-Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomis studied art history at the Sorbonne (France). He made his directorial debut in 2002 with L’Afrance, a film about the struggles of migrants in France which won a Silver Leopard award at the Locarno Film Festival. His film Andalucia was shown at the Venice Film Festival in 2012. Aujourd’hui (TEY), shown in competition at the Berlinale, won a Golden Stalion at Fespaco. He returned to the Berlinale in 2017 with Félicité. The film won him the competition’s Grand Jury Prize, a second Gold Stallion at Fespaco, and represented Senegal at the Oscars where it was shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film.