Musical Globe

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

Thorsten Schütte
Screening time  
27.02. / Monday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 1  
An intimate encounter with the great musician through unseen archive materials that unveil the provocative personality of the 20th century musical genius, whose engaged and different view of the world resonates even today.

Thorsten Schütte’s film is a sharply edited and energetic celebration of Zappa through his public persona, allowing us to witness his shifting relationship with audiences. Utilizing potent TV interviews and many forgotten performances from his 30-year career, we are immersed into the musician’s world while experiencing two distinct facets of his complex character. At once Zappa was both a charismatic composer who reveled in the joy of performing and, in the next moment, a fiercely intelligent and brutally honest interviewee whose convictions only got stronger as his career ascended. Zappa was uncompromising as he led the charge against music censorship in the ’90s and even went on to embrace the role of quasi-cultural ambassador in the Czech Republic. His music and ideas are vital, and they cut across generations, while his goal of freeing the listener from conformity still resonates today.


Thorsten Schütte

Thorsten Schütte has been an author, director, and producer for over 20 years. He is in charge of the Fiction and Documentary Department at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Germany and the founding member of the Stolen Moments research group. His films have been screened at international film festivals and on television. Among them are I Was the King of Porn, The Adventurous Life of Lasse Braun, Land Matters, Namibia Generation X, Trip to Brazil andWorld Jazz.

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Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

France, Germany
2016, 88'

Directed by:
Thorsten Schütte

Screenplay by:
Thorsten Schütte

Edited by:
Willibald Wonneberger

Estelle Fialon

Produced by:
Les Films du Poisson

Festivals & Awards:

Athens International Film Festival 2016 – Golden Athena Award