Daft Punk - Daft Punk’s Electroma

Electroma opens with the two iconic robots of Daft Punk driving through the desert in their black Ferrari. Eventually they arrive in a small town that is completely inhabited by robots. The two drive to a stark and sterile lab where they undergo a transformation: their quest, it seems, is to become human. Latex is poured over their helmets and shaped into grotesque caricatures of Thomas and Guy-Man’s faces. But when the robots return to town, their new form is rejected and they barely evade a menacing pursuit by the other robots. Crestfallen, they tear off their monstrous visages and begin a long trek into the desert to meet their fate.

Ferrari 412 driving through the desert A robot alone in the desert The robots in their human form

The film began as an attempt to shoot a video for the title track of Daft Punk's third album, Human After All, but instead they decided to write, direct and shoot a feature-length film. To focus on their work behind the camera, Thomas and Guy-Man hired actors to portray their robot alter egos. Inspired more by surrealist paintings than film, Electroma is an intensive visual experience that encourages audience interaction. There is also no dialogue. Throughout its 74-minute runtime, long periods of silence are segmented by a non-Daft Punk soundtrack. The film premiered on May 21, 2006 at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2007, it was shown in a limited run of midnight screenings and later released on DVD.

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Released: May 21, 2006
(Cannes Film Festival)

Running time: 74 minutes