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The Nomi Song

The TEDDY 2004 for Best Documentary goes to THE NOMI SONG by Andrew Horn
"For its remarkable depiction of a queer pop icon’s life and his substantial influence on the Zeitgeist."

TEDDY 2004 The nine members of this international jury – organizers of queer and other film festivals
or gay/lesbian filmmakers – view all the films in the Berlinale which have a queer context.
The jury awards a TEDDY for Best Feature Film, one for Best Short Film and one for Best Documentary/Essay,
each of which is endowed with 3,000 euros.
The members of the jury are: Ido Abram (Jury President, Netherlands), Suzy Capo (Brazil),
Zvonimir Dobrovic, (Croatia), Matthew Fox (Great Britain), Lan Hirche (Germany), Dario Lopez (Spain),
Kirsten Schaffer (USA), Philippe Reilhac (France) and Natasha Mendonca (India)

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"THE NOMI SONG" Germany 2003, 96 min
written and directed by Andrew Horn
Producer: Ilona Ziok, Annette Pisacane, Thomas Mertens,
Manuel Göttsching CV Films in co-production with TV Ventures, Cameo-Film
and ZDF/ARTE supported by Filmstiftung NRW

THE NOMI SONG It’s hard to say which made a greater impression – his voice or the way he looked
with his luminously painted white face? Klaus Nomi’s countertenor register and his outrageous outfits –
greatly admired by David Bowie, for whom he later designed costumes – soon made him an icon of New York’s
underground scene. By the 1970s, he was an integral part of New York’s alternative culture, appearing in films,
performing in clubs and making countless records. Nomi’s stage show oscillated between his own particular
interpretations of Saint-Saëns “Samson and Delilah”, the Donna Summer hit “I Feel Love” and
Chubby Checker’s “The Twist”.
When he died in 1983 from an AIDS-related infection, he was by no means at the height of his popularity.
Whether one encounters him on posthumous CD releases or commercials for “Jägermeister” bitters
– Klaus Nomi is as much in the public eye today as he was during his lifetime. In his documentary, Andrew Horn
tells the story of Klaus Nomi from his birth as Klaus Spender in Bavaria in 1944 to his later stardom in New York.
The film includes excerpts from Nomi’s shows but also features interviews with his relatives, his former singing
teacher and his many friends and colleagues. Klaus Nomi himself is even in on the proceedings
– in the shape of a life-size mechanical doll created by the artist Pat Keck."
this was taken from the website: www.berlinale.de (thank you)

Der Stummfilmpianist 2004 MG @ Cannes 2004