The new officially sanctioned David Bowie documentary, Moonage Daydream, from director Brett Morgen, has been announced as an Official Selection at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 17th to 28th.
According to the official announcement:
Acclaimed filmmaker Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays In The Picture, Cobain: Montage Of Heck, Jane) has synthesized David Bowie’s music and art into a sublime kaleidoscopic experiential cinematic odyssey that explores Bowie’s creative, spiritual, and philosophical journey.
With never-before-seen footage, performances, and music, the film is guided exclusively by Bowie’s narration. The motion picture features 48 musical tracks, mixed from their original stems. Bowie’s long-time collaborator and friend Tony Visconti is the film’s music producer.
BMG and its co-production partner Live Nation Productions, the executive producers and financiers of the film, have licensed U.S. distribution rights to Neon while Universal Entertainment International will handle the movie outside the US. North America cable and streaming rights have been licensed to HBO and HBO Max.
Only days before his death in 1980, John Lennon looked back fondly on his brief — but powerful — collaboration with David Bowie, which resulted in Bowie's first U.S. chart-topper: “Bowie was around and we were talkin' and that — he'd say, 'Come down,' and I found myself doin' that. So, he's fiddlin' round, he writes 'em in the studio. Y'know, he goes in with about four words and a few guys and stars layin' down this stuff. And he has virtually nothing — he's makin' it up in the studio. So, I just contributed whatever I contributed, y'know? Like, backwards piano and (sings) 'oooh,' and a couple of things — repeat of 'Fame.' And then we needed a middle-eight, so we took some Stevie Wonder middle-eight and did it backwards (laughs), y'know — we made a record out of it, right? So, he got his first Number One — so I felt that was, like, a karmic thing, y'know, with me and Elton (John) I got my first Number One (with 'Whatever Gets You Through The Night') and I passed it on to Bowie and he got his first Number One — and I like that track, y'know?”