King Crimson have unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming documentary In the Court of the Crimson King. The film, directed by Toby Amies and commissioned by King Crimson, will have its world premiere at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival in March. The new clip features a conversation with bandleader Robert Fripp, live concert footage, and more. Check it out below.
“What began as a traditional documentary about the legendary band King Crimson as it turned 50, mutated into an exploration of time, death, family, and the transcendent power of music to change lives; but with jokes,” the film’s official description reads. “In the Court of the Crimson King is a dark, comic film for anyone who wonders whether it is worth sacrificing everything for just a single moment of transcendence. It explores the unique creative environment of King Crimson, one in which freedom and responsibility conspire to place extraordinary demands on the band’s members – only alleviated by the applause of an audience whose adoration threatens to make their lives even harder. It’s a rewarding and perilous space in which the extraordinary is possible, nothing is certain, and not everyone survives intact.”
In 2019, King Crimson celebrated the band’s 50th anniversary by going on an extensive tour and releasing a new box set for their 1969 debut LP, In the Court of the Crimson King.