Over the past 20 years, every time musicians Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, collectively known as Daft Punk, have appeared in public, they have covered their faces with elaborate masks. Later this year, these musicians will finally be unmasked in a new documentary Daft Punk Unchained, with the first trailer from BBC Worldwide teasing this long-awaited unmasking. The trailer also features musicians such as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, who discuss the influence Daft Punk has had on the music industry.
Daft Punk Unchained is the first ever documentary film on the most secretive duo in the world. The epic story of two uncompromising artists. With the participation of their closest collaborators and friends from Pharrell Williams to Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Kanye West, Michel Gondry, Paul Williams, Peter Lindbergh, Leiji Matsumoto and Pete Tong.
Daft Punk Unchained, directed by Hervé Martin Delpierre, is the first independent film which explores an exceptional pop culture phenomenon of the last twenty years: Daft Punk. Between fiction and reality, magic and secrets, theatricality and humility, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo have created a unique artistic universe. Throughout their career they have remained determined to control every link in the chain of their creative work.
The film highlights key moments of their story, from their first school band in Paris to their historic concert at Coachella festival in 2006 and their spectacular triumph at the 2014 Grammy Awards for the album « Random Access Memories ». In an era of globalization and the expansion of social media, they have refused to show their own faces and they orchestrate every detail of their appearances as robots. The documentary includes archives of radio interviews with Daft Punk, rare footage and exclusive interviews with their friends and close collaborators from Pharrell Williams to Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Kanye West, Michel Gondry, Paul Williams, Peter Lindbergh, Leiji Matsumoto and Pete Tong.
BBC Worldwide has not yet announced a release date for this documentary yet, but it has already opened in France back in June. The end of the trailer teases the unmasking of one Daft Punk member, but, unfortunately, since we don't know when this film will hit theaters in the U.S., it isn't known when fans will get to see Daft Punk's faces for the first time. While we wait for more details, check out the new trailer, and chime in with your thoughts below.