Soko at Bottom of the Hill
Soko is a young French singer-songwriter who is very popular in France and within Europe and has a growing international fan base. At present she lives in Los Angeles. She will perform at Bottom of the Hill in Portrero Hill tonight in a brief but not less virtuous visit to San Francisco.
Soko performs in an impressive lineup with her brother Rob Sokolinski, Vandella and Slow Moving Lions Of The Vegetable.
The French vocalist also directs exceptional thought provoking music videos to accompany her own music, which she calls "depressing" lyrics from her journals set to folksy music
Soko is an excellent actress as well and can be seen in a new film presented at "Semaine de la Critique (Critics Week)" at the "65th Cannes Film Festival" - "Augustine" by Alice Winocour.
The film is set in Paris during the winter of 1885. At the Hôpital de la Pitié Salpêtrière, Professor Charcot is studying a mysterious disease: hysteria, a disease that effects women. Augustine, 19, becomes his favorite guinea pig, and later the star of his demonstrations of hypnosis. The birth of the "theatre" takes place, where subjects are presented to an audience of men. This particular subject of study, gradually becomes Charcot's object of desire in Winocour's painstakenly detailed and emotionally charged film. Soko's acting performance is mesmerizing.
"Augustine" was a contender for the 2012 Queer Palm Award.
Tomorrow Soko and ensemble heads to the Make Music Pasedena all day concert.