Janis: Little Girl Blue

Director Amy Berg
United States / 106 min. / 2015 / English


At last! One of the most long-awaited documentaries in history. Janis Joplin: from strange small-town Texan bird to global youth icon. The raspiest voice of the Sixties triumphed in rock, but her personal blues sentenced her to die young. Unique archive footage, dazzling interviews and Cat Power reading her letters.


November 7th, closing of the festival (session not included in vouchers)

The years have gone by and there has been no biopic on Janis Joplin – despite the fact that her story of breakthrough, brilliance and premature combustion is pure Hollywood  – nor have we seen a new documentary (since that Canadian film Janis from 1975). Amy Berg draws a line under the uncertainty, with a complete piece on the iconic singer. Janis: Little Girl Blue hinges on a triangle of consistent research, live archive footage and intimate documents that reveal a unique family history: that of the ambitious, rebellious waitress that fled her home turf to chase fortune. This film is meticulous in its interviews (some of which are seen for the first time here); the artist's younger siblings, her numerous lovers – who candidly describe Janis' sexual experimentation – and of course, the members of Big Brother & The Holding Company, the band that embraced her blues. Janis includes plenty of music, but highlights the woman that sang it with affection and depth, and without the slightest morbidity. An honorable tribute that looks, sounds and feels definitive.

Entradas BCN

O.V. subt. in Catalan (Nov. 7th); O.V. subt. in Spanish (Nov. 8th)

Showing format

in festivals
Venice Film Festival 2015, Deauville Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2015, London Film Festival 2015, Warsaw Film Festival


Amy Berg

Brendan Walsh, Maya Hawke

Paula Huidobro, Jenna Rosher

Music supervisor
Joel Shearer

Amy Berg, Jeff Jampol, Katherine LeBlond, Alex Gibney

Film company

Film distributor

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