Documentary | 2014 | Music, Portrait | Germany

Main data

Shooting data

Start of shooting01/08/2014
End of shooting06/11/2014
LocationsLeipzig, etc.

Project data

Film financing
Length of movie54:40
Aspect ratioTV 16:9 (1 : 1,78)
Distribution formatARRI RAW
Sound formatdts (5.1, 6 channels)

    Brief synopsis

    Always armed with a bowler, wisecracks and affectations, he is not only on the outside one of the strangest fellows in French music history: Erik Satie was not just a composer, he was also a designer, church founder, PR pioneer, master of aperçus, author, wayfarer, professional self-publicist and inventor of “Musique d’ameublement.”

    The music documentary “Satiesfictions” details the overall phenomenon of Satie in playful episodes with a wink and a smirk – and also takes him quite literally: His countless ads conceived in private evolve into real commercials and his drawings of jetliners and swaying hotels take on a life of their own as cartoons.

    Music à la Satie turns performers into “musical furniture” in swimming pools, factories or at rail stations, allows aging divas to forget their performances and even four-legged animals including their bones into the limelight with pieces written for dogs. Pianists tickle the ivories on pianos stacked atop each other or are adorned with snowflakes. Natural landscapes, scenes from everyday life and impressions of the city pair up with Satie’s cosmos of word and sound.

    The world as Erik Satie saw it is interwoven with eyewitness accounts and interviews with Satie experts. They go back and forth between outlining this artist’s colorful personality and drawing their own picture of certainly the most unusual protagonist of the early 20th century French avant-garde. (


    Director of photographyAdam Nilsson
    Director of photographyStephan Boergerzusätzliche Kamera / Ikonoscop RAW
    2nd unit dopStephan BoergerIkonokop A-Cam DII / RAW
    DirectorYoulian Tabakov
    Co-directorAnne-Kathrin Peitz
    1st AD (local system)Carmen Belaschk
    EditorSteffen Herrmann
    ProducerPaul Smaczny
    Production sound mixerChristoph Wonneberger
    Sound re-recording mixerElisabeth Bodenseh

    Production companies

    Accentus Music GmbH [de]


    Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
    Youlian Tabakov2016Grimme PreisInfo & KulturNominated