The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of Jose Gonzalez

July 2nd, 8pm at the Brattle Theatre, Cambridge  — New England Premiere!

Filmmakers Mikel Cee Karlsson, Frederik Egerstrand will participate in a Q&A via Skype!

74 min, Sweden, 2011




“What does the writing process of Swedish folk artist José González look like? A voyeuristic security camera in his soundproof recording studio reveals the painstaking routine, loneliness, boredom and silence that eventually give root to the whimsical sound of his much anticipated second album, In Our Nature. What does he think about while he’s brushing his teeth? Sitting on his tour bus? Eating his breakfast? Playful animation depicts González’ inner monologue and esoteric musings on Darwinism, the sun, his existence and the challenges of writing. One can’t help but be mesmerized by the understated yet powerful sound that emanates from the lone guitarist on stage. With intimacy and insight, Mikel Cee Karlsson and Fredrik Egerstrand capture a portrait of a humble and contemplative musical mind.”

— Lynne Crocker, Hot Docs



The screening of The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of Jose Gonzalez will be preceded by an episode from Alex Jablonski’s Sparrow Songs, a project in which the filmmaker Alex Jablonski and cinematographer Michael Totten made and exhibited one short documentary per month, every month for one year.