FUCK THE ATLANTIC OCEAN
A film about an Austrian band, a Youtube hit and a journey to the far side of the world...
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 We Can Go Anywhere

In the no-man’s-land of Salinas Grandes, the large salt desert in central-northern Argentina, we stop at a car cemetery. In this solitary setting Matthias and Lukas of Sweet Sweet Moon start to explore the ground and give way to some destructive impulses before striking a sentimental chord with their string instruments. After some big shows in buzzling cities Sweet Sweet Moon now take a deep breath and perform “We Can Go Anywhere”. The elating song very much sums up the spirit of the whole journey that brought the young lads from Vienna as far as the Argentinian middle of nowhere.

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 I Know It When I See It

“El Papa es argentino!”, our host bursts out. We are in the city of Córdoba in central Argentina and spontaneously decide to visit the Cathedral on this solemn occasion. At the lively Plaza San Martin with the place of worship in the background Sweet Sweet Moon play a guitar- and cello-version of “I Know It When I See It”, a lyrical song that Matthias has previously performed for us on a mini-keyboard.

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 We Are Family

Out of the urban jungle of Buenos Aires into the Delta del Paraná: our hosts from the cultural center Casa Presa, take us on a boat trip to this nearby river delta, an oasis of lush greenery with no roads, just boats! We have left winterly Vienna just three days ago, but the humming noise of the boat, the purling of the river and the hot and humid air brimming with birds instantly gets us into a holiday mood. Dogs are waiting on the boardwalk when we hop of the ferry boat to walk along the winding paths and narrow canals. In this idyllic setting we then come across an unfinished concrete building. When Sweet Sweet Moon climb up the multi-level edifice, the delta is glittering in the last golden sun rays. However, the band makes sure that the acoustic session won’t turn out too kitschy and spares no dissonances with their arousing performance of “We Are Family”.

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 Devil Town (Daniel Johnston)

On a stroll through Barrio Italia in Santiago de Chile Matthias and Lukas of Sweet Sweet Moon get caught at various books, antiques and furniture shops. As many shopowners are working in the streets conversation starts naturally. “Is this Bach?”, Matthias ask and elderly lady, who is restoring a table outside of her vintage shop to the sound of classical music. She soon after tells him the story of her life. Sofia is a candid and cheerful lady, who started her own cosy shop Taller Sofia at the age of 59. And she is very interested in the story that brought the young Austrian duo to her home country, Chile. To aquire a taste for their music, Sofia invites the Viennese band to perform at her shop. As a thank-you Sweet Sweet Moon treat her with a mind-blowing cover version of Daniel Johnston’s “Devil Town”.

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 I Do You Good

Under the portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, who moved to Argentina in search of gold, Matthias from Sweet Sweet Moon is picking his violin. The former house of English settlers, that is now used as a hostel, is a very traditional and welcoming place. Embedded in the beautifully sparse landscape of the province Jujuy in North West Argentina it emanates tranquility. In this picture-perfect setting Sweet Sweet Moon play “I Do You Good”, wandering through the house and the patio. Like every decent house in Argentina the place has its own BBQ, where Lukas is leaning with his cello, waiting for his cue. Under the watchful eyes of the cat the band passes by the grapevines on to the backyard. With a nice mountain range backdrop Sweet Sweet Moon show their playful approach of making music.

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 A Pair Of Blue Eyes

Valparaíso is the perfect place to get lost. Together with Sweet Sweet Moon we have been drifting through the city for hours, uphill and downhill, climbing stairs, descending narrow alleys or hopping on the funicular. It’s hard to decide on a filming spot, because there’s so much tucked-away beauty to discover. We always feel tempted to sneek around another corner as it’s such a colourful place with so many varities in squares, winding roads and roaming dogs. At some point Matthias and Lukas stop halfway on a tranquil path in the territory of a two watchful dogs. Despite their imposing appearance the dog couple is play- and peaceful and also seems somewhat interested in the band’s performance of “A Pair Of Blue Eyes”. However, during the crescendo of the song, there’s suspense in the air. Suddenly aroused the black male dog crawls closer to Lukas and before he knows what’s going on, another big dog takes shelter behind his cello. In the face of the adverse circumstances Sweet Sweet Moon continue their performance, although the two canine opponents are already growling and barking at each other. While Matthias takes a few steps back, Lukas stays aseat in the line of fire. And then … applause and the dogs just let it go!

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 Woppy

Along the Highway 68 in Argentina stretches a spectacular rocky and sandy landscape that gleams in various shades from rusty-red to dark yellow. Between impressive canyons, sandstones monoliths and dunes lies El Anfiteatro. Once you enter the natural amphitheater you feel immediately tempted to shout, clap your hands or – as in the case of Sweet Sweet Moon – perform a song. In this breathtaking echo chamber the Austrian duo strikes up “Woppy”. The song unfolds itself as an emotional rollercoaster, building up to a crescendo where singer Matthias, who has already picked up an Argentinan football shirt and a llama hat on the way up north to Salta, reaches the point of screaming. The interplay between cello and violin is massively resounding from the walls and thereby reveals orchestral qualities. And then Matthias only breathes the last words: “I wanna stay with you forever.” Cellist Lukas is all smiles.

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