A vibrant chronicle of one of today’s most notorious and revered live bands, Gogol Bordello Non-Stop follows Eugene Hütz’s gypsy-punk brigade around the world as they spread their liberating libertine musical gospel. Filmmaker Margarita Jimeno tracks their raucous gigs from 2001 to 2006, from NYC to Italy, as the band rises from dingy basements to festival main-stages. The cast is a rotating circus of polyglot personalities from Israel, Russia and America, who dish on their music, their heritage, and their favored vices. Hütz, a sardonic mustachioed Ukrainian immigrant and the group ringleader, fuses his gypsy heritage with a love of punk rock and burlesque. Part carnival barker, social organizer, and poet, he’s a mesmerizing presence on-stage and off.
Gogol Bordello: Non Stop is an artful documentary that mixes flamboyant costumes, intricate dance choreography, a relentless beat and an explosive energy not seen since the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll.
Highly Recommended Educational Media Reviews Online
"Recommended." - Video Librarian
An exhilarating document." - The Village Voice
"Their sound is raucous, sweaty, tuneful and recklessly vibrant, like the punk and gypsy music that inspired them." - The New York Times
SPECIAL MENTION: Sound and Vision Award; CPH: DOX 2008
OFFICIAL SELECTION: AFI FEST 2008
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Munich Film Festival 2008
OFFICIAL SELECTION: BIG SKY FILM FESTIVAL 2009
BEST FILM AWARD MUSIXINE 2009 Finland
"MARGARITA MANAGED TO NOT ONLY PORTRAY A BAND BUT ALSO THE SOCIAL ASPECTS OF BEING AN IMMIGRANT AND TAKING THE POSSIBILITY TO PLAY WITH IDENTITIES. ALSO THE FILM IS FRESH, ENJOYABLE AND PUNK." FROM THE JURY
AUDIENCE AWARD 2008 MOFFOM, Czech Republic