Exploring the world of Italo Disco through ‘Distant Planet: The Six Chapters of Simona’ a documentary by Josh Blaaberg for the four-part film series ‘Second Summer of Love’ in partnership with Frieze.
In the late 1970s the Lira to Dollar exchange rate made it unaffordable for Italians to import American records. Myriad local producers filled this gap with their own creations, often making music of far greater value than that which they were imitating. Performing on television, the stars of the genre would dance, untainted by the guiding hand of choreography. Some developed huge fan bases across Europe, most remained unheard and unknown.
Blaaberg’s film blurs the lines between documentary and drama and presents the genre in all its camp glamour and retro-futuristic hope. He introduces real characters of the scene including fans, club owners and designers who were involved and trace Italo’s hidden legacies in today’s sounds. The film will be screened exclusively at the Gucci Wooster cinema space in SoHo, New York from July 13-20, with four screenings per day.
Music: Loui$ - Pink Footpath
Written and Directed by: Josh Blaaberg
Produced by: Jacqueline Edenbrow and James Graley
Director of Photography: Jake Scott
Editor: Jason Bradbury
Costume Designer: Susie Coulthard
Starring: Simona Zanini, Fred Ventura and Alberto Stylòo