Experiencing Interruptions?

The Holy gift

Music is everywhere. No people or culture lives without it. Why do we feel the need to listen to it? Can we understand our attraction? Why is this art so special?
In 2001, I heard Tool's "Lateralus" for the first time. Lateralus changed the way I considered music.
Rather than make a documentary about Tool which would only have appealed to their fans, I chose to write a film about the emotion felt and its source rather than an explanation of the creative process by the group.
I therefore propose a journey around the world, an investigation into the identity of Music by only focusing on the universality that I find in Tool's music.

  • Stéphane Kazadi
    Director
    Le complexe d'Adam (short film, 1999) Taxi Driver : Paranoia projected onto the screen (2006)
  • Stéphane Kazadi
    Writer
  • Stéphane Kazadi
    Producer
  • Lateralus Tool tribute band
    Key Cast
  • Schism Tool tribute band
    Key Cast
  • Grant Standard
    Key Cast
  • Wladimir Inostroza
    Key Cast
  • Patrick Lang
    Key Cast
  • Hervé Platel
    Key Cast
  • Rémin Signorino
    Key Cast
  • Prabhu Edouard
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    The Holy gift
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 45 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    France
  • Country of Filming:
    Chile, France, United States
  • Language:
    English, French, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2,40
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Musical Ecran #6
    Bordeaux
    France
    September 11, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Cinéma Le Beaulieu
    Bouguenais
    France
    February 8, 2020
    Premiere
Director Biography - Stéphane Kazadi

I was born and raised in France.
I’ve been working mostly as a film editor since 1998. I’ve edited more than 50 fiction films and a dozen documentaries.
As a film editor, assistant editor or post-production manager, I have had the opportunity to work with Baz Luhrmann, Luc Besson, Thierry Binisti, René Manzor, Hervé Renoh.
I've directed two short films and two documentaries.

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Director Statement

I've always listened to the radio. If I remember right, it was in spring 2001that I first heard Tool's "Schism", a track from the "Lateralus" album that came out at the time. It was a shock to me. It's perhaps my greatest musical encounter.
Tool was formed in 1991 by Adam Jones on guitar, Danny Carey on drums, Maynard James Keenan on vocals, and Paul D'Amour on bass, replaced by Justin Chancellor.
In 2006, it was called "the world's biggest cult band". I describe their music as different, but I can't put that difference into words.
What surprises me the most are the theories about the albums, especially "Lateralus". Some people are convinced that it follows the Fibonacci sequence. A student essay also explains you can better understand the album "Ænima" if you refer to Carl Jung's work that Tool's singer studied.
The music intrigued me more and more. So, in 2005, I started writing a film, not knowing it'd take me 14 years to finish it. I think an album marks the end of its author's emotional process and the start of its listener's. That process interested me.