CTM 2023: CAN and Me

Film screening & Talk

What does sound mean? What does silence mean? The documentary film »CAN and ME« offers an intimate look into the life and work of Irmin Schmidt, founder of the Cologne-based band CAN, widely hailed as pioneers of the German krautrock scene, which shaped generations of musicians in pop and electronic music.

Schmidt, now 85 years old, has reinvented himself again and again; the film follows his path from classical conductor to student of Stockhausen and Ligeti to CAN, and then further on to film music for Wim Wenders and Roland Klick, opera, and electronic club music. Including rare, partly private photo and video recordings from a time that now seems very exotic, colorful, and crazy this biopic »makes you want to travel back in time and gives you the chance to have been there.« – Sunburnsout.

Following the screening, Irmin Schmidt and director Michael P. Aust will deepen the insights of the film in a panel discussion and answer questions from the audience.

Contributors: Irmin Schmidt, Hildegard Schmidt, Roland Klick, Wim Wenders, Gregor Schwellenbach, Helmut Zerlett
Language: German with English subtitles. The talk is held in German
Lenght: 85 minutes

Director + Producer: Michael P. Aust
Editing: Henning Marquass
Co-direction + camera: Tessa Knapp
Additional interviews + camera: Kristina Schippling
Sound design + original music: Markus Aust
Sound mixing: Christoph Hundt
Screenplay: Sarah Schygulla
Editing WDR: Jutta Krug
Production Company: TelevisorTroika GmbH Cologne
German distributor: Real Fiction


Friday, January 27

7 pm Film
8.30 pm Talk Irmin Schmidt and Michael P. Aust



CTM Festival 2023 is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.