Olivier AssayasFrance115 minutes200614AColourFrench

View Noise during the Noise preceded by Hotel Atithi event.

In June 2005, Assayas was given carte blanche to curate one of the most important music festivals in France — the Festival ARTrock de Saint-Brieuc, which is known for its eclectic mixture of styles and formats — and shoot a film of the event. Shot on two concert stages over one night of the festival by Assayas and his collaborators (including his regular DP Eric Gautier and filmmaker friends Michael Almereyda and Laurent Perrin), Noise features performances from such artists as Mirror/Dash (Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore), Metric, Afel Bocoum, Lee Ranaldo, Marie Modiano, Jeanne Balibar and Joana Preiss. Matching the avant-garde sounds, Assayas blends abstract images (including footage of the QEW and the Hamilton skyline) and projections to create a mesmerizing experiment in sound and image.