Nick Cave, an Australian musician, screenwriter, composer and actor, is no stranger to Berlin – which is both a city and a festival.
In one of his earliest screen appearances, he appeared with his rock band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, performing a concert in Berlin in the 1987 Wim Wenders film Wings of desire. In 2006, Cave first visited the festival itself with John Hillcoat’s ProposalsAussie Western, starring Guy Pearce and Ray Winstone, marks his debut as a solo screenwriter.
In helping to create an Australian Western, Cave found himself breaking a new ground and not simply following the familiar diversions of American films because, he argues, fellow countrymen Yours doesn’t necessarily take into account their own past.
“It’s something Australians haven’t fully accepted yet,” he said Guardiansby Dorian Lynskey. “We have a much more complicated view than what I think the average American does, where you have your good guys and your bad guys. In Proposals, there are no real heroes and no real villains. It’s really a movie about failure.”
Cave can be expected to provide more in-depth reflections on his own career in Andrew Dominik’s documentary This I know to be true, which premiered at this year’s festival. Dominik is no stranger to Cave or his longtime collaborator and bandmate Warren Ellis – the two who composed the music for the director’s 2007 film. The Assassination of Jesse James by Coward Robert Ford. Dominik continues to direct 2016 documentary One more time with feeling, after creating a Nick Cave and Bad Seeds album following the death of Cave’s teenage son. And in his latest film, he re-examined Cave as he and Ellis worked on their recent albums. Ghosteen and Massacre.