FONOTUNE — AN ELECTRIC FAIRYTALE is a Japanese road-movie with a lo-fi sci-fi touch, set on one strange day in an undefined time and place. Nature is absent, people have stopped communicating and music is an escape from each other; nobody notices what’s happening around them.
It follows mute drifter Mono on this odyssey through Salt deserts and calm urban chaos as he tries to deliver a white cassette to a mysterious rock star, played by cult Japanese musician Guitar Wolf (WILD ZERO). On the way, he shares a fleeting connection with a bunch of strangers; street-hooker Stereo, lo-fi cowboy Analog and the sassy Bubblegum. All the while, in their headphones, despairing DJ of city radio station Fonotune plays their joyous soundtrack to… destruction!
Featuring Kazushi Watanabe (VISITOR Q) and music by Stereo Total, FONOTUNE is a unique independent film with a hybrid of influences — Japanese cinema, graphic design, Manga comics and music videos — a highly visual experience told through images and music over words, colored by telling details, obscure encounters and ultimately, maybe even the end of the world!
FABIAN HUEBNER made his debut with AVANT*GARDE, a series discussing arthouse films and their directors which received widespread critical acclaim. The documentary feature VISITING UWE, about the controversial filmmaker Uwe Boll, and several music videos, followed.photos © Jon Britt