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Island Song / Island Monologue

Country: USA
Year: 1976
Duration: 16'
Direction: Charlemagne Palestine

A man on a motorbike is capable of showing all of the limits of his prison island in a quarter of an hour. Charlemagne Palestine travels the perimeter of the French island of St. Pierre, on the coast of Newfoundland, on the back of a motorcycle and with a primitive video camera attached to his body. During his journey, we incessantly hear his particular Island song: the engine of his attempted flight combined with a chorus that repeats the phrase “gotta get outta here”. In the second Island monologue, his soliloquy is on foot and lost in the fog. It is a full chronicle of a confinement.   

Charlemagne Palestine

(New York, 1947)

Composer, performer and visual artist, he is one of the greatest representatives of musical minimalism. His experimental quest, his appreciation of radical repetitiveness and his performance concept of musical fact make him one of the most unclassifiable figures in North American avant-garde. In the 1970s, he made a series of videos in which he used movement and sound to project his inner feelings.  They are extremely personal and violent works, filmed with camera in hand, in search of a physical and mental catharsis. In the 1980s, he moved to Europe and left his musical career on one side to devote himself to his activities as a painter, sculptor, visual creator and performer. He returned to music in the 1990s.


  • Body Music I (1973-74)
  • Body Music II (1973-74)
  • Four Motion Studies (1974)
  • Snake (1974)
  • Internal Tantrum (1975)
  • Running Outburst (1975)
  • You Should Never Forget the Jungle (1975)
  • St. Vitas Dance (1975)
  • Andros (1975-76)
  • Island Song (1976)
  • Island Monologue (1976)
  • Where It's Coming From (1977)
  • Dark Into Dark (1979)
  • Ritual in the Emptiness (2001)
Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
Organized by
With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes AudiovisualesAcción Cultural EspañolaPlan de Recuperación, Transformación y ResilienciaFinanciado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU
With the support of
Ayuntamiento de PamplonaCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de HuarteFundación Caja NavarraGoethe InstitutCanadá InternationalCasa ÁrabeCineteca MadridAsociación de Mujeres Cineastas y de Medios AudiovisualesInstitut FrançaisEmbajada de Portugal en MadridCamões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua Portugal
Member of
PantallaIberofestLa MestaThe Red Balloon
Filmoteca de Navarra
Museo Oteiza
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola
Festival de Cine Africano FCAT
Festival Scope
Centre Cinématographique Marocain
Hotel Tres Reyes
Hotel Maisonave
Cineteca Bologna
The Film Foundation
World Cinema Project
Cinemateca Portuguesa
Radio 3
Filmoteca Española
Festivals in Navarre
Punto de Vista
NIFF - Navarra International Film Festival
Navarra, tierra de cine
Ópera Prima
CTL 59
#LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival
Festival de Cine y Dentistas
Horror Online Art
FICBE (Festival Internacional de Cortos de Berriozar)
FAN, Festival de Anime de Navarra
Lo que viene
Muestra de cine español
Filmmaking for social change
Muestra Internacional de Cine y Mujeres de Pamplona

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