Film director Antoine Wagner first directed French indie-pop sensations Phoenix’s video “Lisztomania,” after which he decided to follow the quartet on tour in support of its 2009 breakthrough album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Culled from more than a year’s worth of constant touring comes Wagner’s 52-minute documentary, From a Mess to the Masses.
With assistance from Francisco Soriano, Wagner presents footage of the young band both onstage and backstage during their exhaustive tour in the documentary. Its title is derived from a line in the lyrics to “Lisztomania” and also aptly describes Phoenix’s rapid rise to stardom thanks to the success of the aforementioned single and “1901.”
From a Mess to the Masses debuts on the Arte Television Network, a station in Germany and France, on Oct. 13 at 10 p.m. CET. It is currently unknown whether the documentary will see a wider release in the U.S. or elsewhere. In the meantime, a preview trailer has surfaced via TwentyFourBit, which you can watch below:
From a Mess to the Masses – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix from Voluume on Vimeo.