Paul Thomas Anderson’s mysterious documentary project “Junun” had its world premiere yesterday at the 53rd New York Film Festival, and if reviews out of the screening are to be believed, it seems like the director has effortlessly switched to non-fiction filmmaking.
The 54-minute documentary is a collaboration with Jonny Greenwood, the guitarist from Radiohead who has scored Anderson’s last three films, and Israeli musician, composer and poet Shye Ben Tzur. The three traveled to Rajasthan in northwestern India and were welcomed by the Maharaja of Jodhpur at the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, where they assembled a makeshift studio and worked with a group of Indian musicians. “Junun,” which translates to “the madness of love,” depicts the resulting artistic collaboration over their three-week stay.
In his B+ NYFF review, Indiewire Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn said, “Despite the meandering trajectory, ‘Junun’ develops a psychedelic, otherworldly atmosphere that serves as the sole linking device to Anderson’s other films.”
Watch the exciting new trailer above. “Junun” is now available to stream on MUBI.com.